The American Southwest is where to head for a top-notch Native American experience, according to our readers. After four weeks of voting, the amazing Acoma Pueblo - sited atop a mesa west of Albuquerque, New Mexico - took top honors in our 10Best Readers' Choice contest for 'Best Native American Experience.'
New Mexico favored quite heavily overall. 2nd place went to the Taos Pueblo, a 1,000-year-old community which is still inhabited and open to the public. Santa Fe's popular Indian Market, held each August, took 6th place with voters, while the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, both in Albuquerque, finished in 8th and 10th respectively.
The Cherokee tribe also resonates loudly with our readers. Oklahoma's Cherokee Heritage Center took 3rd place in the contest, while the Museum of the Cherokee Indian landed in 5th.
The prestigious Heard Museum in Phoenix has taken 7th. Mesa Verde, near the Four Corners area, and the American Indian Film Festival rounded out the winners list. Congratulations to all the victors.
The Full list of winners in the 'Best Native American Experience' contest category for 10Best Readers' Choice is as follows:
- Acoma Pueblo - Acoma, N.M.
- Taos Pueblo - Taos, N.M.
- Cherokee Heritage Center- Park Hill, Okla.
- Mesa Verde National Park - Colorado
- Museum of the Cherokee Indian - Cherokee, N.C.
- Santa Fe Indian Market - Santa Fe
- Heard Museum - Phoenix
- Gathering of Nations PowWow - Albuquerque
- American Indian Film Festival - San Francisco
- Indian Pueblo Cultural Center - Albuquerque