Wonderful lay out of the different artifacts along with a description of each one. Allow two hours to see everything as there's a lot to see.
We always like to see the other side of the history. Native americans and/or Native Mexicans are often overlooked and it is nice the see they get recognized.
Another reviewer said it best -- "not your typical tribe." The Smoki Museum is tucked away from Precott's main tourist area and is loaded with a spectacular collection of Native American artifacts. The Smoki Triibe is not a here-to-for unknown Native American group, but rather was a Prescott civic club of Anglo collectors and historians. The museum houses their collections... More
Touring this local museum was included in a Road Scholar tour itinerary. Mostly Native American artifacts on a small scale. Learned that Smoki is not a real tribe -- just a group of people who "pirated" the snake dance from local tribes and then exploited it for public amusement. Really?
The Smoki Museum was surprising in that the Smoki were not actually Native American Indians, but local townfolk in Prescott who preserved many aspects of local native culture. Very interesting, and the museum has a fantastic collection of authentic artifacts. A must-see for history and Western buffs!
We love Museums and Historical Society places. The Smoki Museum building alone is worth a look. It is amazing and very unique in its appearance. This was a very hot day (8/10), but inside, it was so nice and cool. All artifacts are beautifully displayed, and easy and pleasant on the eyes. Lots of history to absorb, and all done... More
This is a very good museum on Native American heritage, art, pottery, history, etc. The Smoki were original businessmen (including Senator Goldwater) who banded together to help preserve and present the Native American Heritage-Today it is just the museum but has great exhibits -also special exhibits throughout the year.Goikng on Gurley street, next to a school, is a sign SMOKI... More
We visited for the Barry Goldwater photography exhibit and quickly became immersed in the history of the Smoki, an organization born to save a rodeo. The pottery collection is very well presented. Overall, a really great visit.
There were no Smoki indians, but this little museum is dedicated to Northern AZ tribes. By order of the U.S. government, American Indians were not allowed to perform native dances in the 1920's. White businessmen decided to learn the native dances, dress as Indians, and perform at the local rodeo to draw more visitors. Does this sound a little like... More
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