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10 ways to explore the Southwest

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Native Lands

Native peoples remain more prominent in the Southwest than anywhere else in America, the well-known Hopi and Navajo joined by dozens of other pueblos living among the mesa and valleys. It is here that the Spanish and other Europeans who followed them first realized the sophistication and skills of the indigenous families. Today’s students, young and old, can fill many itineraries such as learning astronomy at the Kitt Peak National Observatory on the Tohono O’odham Nation’s land in the Quinlin Mountains, a territory more than 4,000 square miles in area. Many nations have a cultural center and/or museum where the public can learn about their history and contemporary society.

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