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Navajo Village Heritage Center
Ranked #23 of 58 things to do in Page
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Navajo Village Heritage Cernter is a recreation of an authentic Navajo homesite. Each tour consists of four presentations: 1. A tour through authentic Navajo dwellings (hogans) giving information on how they are made, the significance of why they are made in that specific way, and stories of the dwellings. 2. A Navajo Rug weaving Demonstration, showing the art of Navajo rug weaving, how Navajo people make/dye yarn and share the importance of the role women play in the Navajo culture. 3. A Navajo cultural presentation inside one of the hogans, sharing Navajo cultural information, Navajo history, and describing the Navajo way of life. 4. An entertaining Native American dance performance featuring champion Navajo dancers.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We almost didn’t stop here at the unassuming entrance trailer. Wow-are we glad we did. The temps outside were over 100 degrees but inside the shaded shelter and the hogans where the presentations were given were cool and comfortable. Both presenters were very knowledgeable and proud of their heritage and answered all our questions. We saw 2 hogans, a sweat lodge, a shelter, and learned about the Navajo beliefs and the magic of 4. The presentation was capped off by a hoop dance and drum accompaniment. Definitely recommend. There is food at the nearby gas station including a deli and a wild selection of wild dill pickles.

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Reviewed 16 June 2018

Hi,
We have been visiting the Navajo Village Heritage Center of Page during our trip in the West of the USA.
The hosting was very kind and the visit very interesting. Because it's done in a sincere and honest way, relating with the heart the culture of the Navajo : narratives, dances, way of life...
The explanations were comprehensive and detailed , and we understood how great is this culture. A touching moment that our hosts share with a lot respect.
Don't hesitate to spend some moments with these kind people and that can help us to be closed to what we have lost.
Arielle et Gérard,

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Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

Tomas is very knowledgeable and proud of his Navajo heritage. He has helped restore many traditional structures at this location. The stories he tells about the history of the Navajo Nation and the interactions with the Spanish people are insightful. The Navajo weaving blanket demonstration was very personal. The Navajo hoop dance at the end brought to mind many objects and ideas in the Native American culture. The drummer / singer performed beautifully. A very enjoyable encounter with the native people.

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Reviewed 1 June 2018

There are a lot of visually beautiful sites to visit in the Page area. This is a site you can visit with your heart and mind. Tomas, the new owner, regales you with stories of the Navajo culture and encourages questions. He spent time patiently answering all our questions even though he ran a little over his time. (No worries it was just the 4 of us in our group and he provided a lot of personal attention.) His mother gave a hands on demonstration of the rug weaving process from beginning (spinning the wool) to end (the symbolism of the designs etc. in the completed project). Both were friendly and proud of their culture. The experience was capped off by a robust and expertly performed hoop dance by Tomas, who is nationally ranked in this cultural dance.
The site is almost easy to miss because it is not a big or showy setup. It has authentic structures (Hogans and Sweat Lodge) that are explained and examined. I encourage you to give it a try if you would like to experience more of the Navajo culture than just buying jewelry by the roadside.

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Reviewed 19 May 2018

I visited this Center while on a tour of Utah and Arizona parks with Road Scholar. Tomas Hunt gave an excellent, succinct talk about Navajo beliefs and customs. He explained how Navajo is actually a name given to the tribe by Spanish explorers and that the preferred name is Dineh, meaning "the people." He described how three structures on the premises were built: a sweat lodge, a male hogan, and a female hogan. About 40 of us entered each of the hogans, walking in a clockwise fashion around the inside, which is the Dineh custom. His mother showed us several beautiful rugs and talked about the patterns, the process of carding and spinning the wool, and the actual weaving. Then we watched Tomas and three of his younger brothers do pow wow type dances while a fifth brother played a large drum. I learned a lot and was thoroughly impressed by this talented family!

Thank Maggie W
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