The Smoki Museum was created by the Smoki people and the the Civilian Works Administration to preserve and celebrate American Indian culture. It was built in 1935 with native stone and wood to resemble an Indian Pueblo. They preserve and celebrate mainly through displaying art, clothing, ornaments, and ceremonial paraphernalia from the tribes that inhabit the Southwest. These include the Sioux, Woodland Indians, and the local Apache, Yavapai, Pima, Tohono O’odham and Seri Tribes. The artwork ranges from watercolor and charcoal, to oil and photography. The art is even built into the building itself with decorative Katchina paintings. If you are craving a more extensive background of all these intriguing cultures make sure to check out the Smoki Library that contains over 600 volumes of Native American prehistory and ethnography. The Smoki Museum has everything you need to enjoy and appreciate the Native American cultures of the Southwest.