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Huhugam Heritage Center

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Address: 21359 S Maricopa Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226-5202
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+1 520-796-3500
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10:00 - 16:00
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Wed - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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This modern cultural center highlights the ancestral, historic and current...

This modern cultural center highlights the ancestral, historic and current cultures of the Gila River Indian Community, made up of two tribes – the Akimel O’otham and the Pee Posh . Our mission is to ensure our Akimel O’otham and Pee Posh cultures flourish for future generations.

 

The Huhugam Heritage Center was built in 2003, fulfilling our Community vision to create a place for Community, culture, land, tradition and spirit: a place to honor and preserve our Him dak (our way of life).

Come experience our unique and calming architecture. The Center stairsteps up out of the desert, the building silhouettes designed to blend in with the nearby mountain ranges and hills.

 

In our state-of-the-art collections repository we care for Huhugam, Akimel O’otham and Pee Posh treasures from our ancestral lands boundaries of the Huhugam (also known by the archaeological name Hohokam), master artists, farmers and crafts people of our desert home.

 

Collections which include large archaeological project holdings including the Snaketown, Gila River Cultural Resources Management Program and Bureau of Reclamation Central Arizona Project Collections, an outstanding collection of nearly 500 O’odham baskets, an exquisite Pee Posh pottery collection, the trombone and memorabilia of renowned Akimel O’otham jazz trombonist Russell Moore and the Blackwater Store & Trading Post and Arts and Crafts museum collections.

 

Sap eth tha:thak em nei

(We are happy to see you)

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Dropped in as we were passing and enjoyed our visit. It's an interesting little museum and a really nice, calm and restful building.

Reviewed 19 December 2016
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Dropped in as we were passing and enjoyed our visit. It's an interesting little museum and a really nice, calm and restful building.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

If you are passing by on I-10 or visiting Rawhide, Wild Horse Pass, or the outlet stores, this is worth a quick visit. The exhibits are well done. There are historical artifacts as well as displays from current times.There are also displays outside. When we visited there was a display of art from a local woman and a video and... More 

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San Benito, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

This is a small musuem of artifacts of the Huhugam triibes people. It is small but very interesting. We just happened on it when driving south of Phoenix.

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2 Thank john m
Tempe, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2015

If you are looking for something to do while at Wild Horse Pass area, check out this little museum. They have some great works of art and history of this native community. They have special events too.

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Vancouver
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2015

Historic native museum on the Sheraton Wild Horst Pass Resort site. Make sure you turn when you first see the sign or you drive for miles (10-15) before you can turn around

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2015

Basking in the sun like two thunderbolts of lightening in the clear blue sky. These slivers of red clay dominated by a ceremonial mound blend the earth with the sky. Clay-colored trimmed vomitorium entranceways surrounded by wired stones seamlessly escort visitors from the parking lot into the amphitheatre of the Grand House and the open air Ball Court used for... More 

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4 Thank Josephine B
Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2014

We had no idea about the opening hours so I guess we got lucky. Interesting buildings to look at, if a little confusing - it wasn't too clear where to find the reception (it's the building on the left when you get through the tunnel) Inside was cool both in temperature and also in content. When we were there there... More 

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2014

A wonderful center. It is only open three days per week. Be sure to watch the entire film about the history of these American Indians. They are truly amazing.

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Maricopa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Beautiful building built by the Federal gov't that has virtually no visitors. Not much to see except photos of tribe from years past.

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5 Thank refugee1046
Chandler, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2013

I was born in Phoenix and have always appreciated the Indian Culture. This was an all around look at the Local Indian tribes. Very interesting and informative.

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