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“Interesting building”

Huhugam Heritage Center
Ranked #19 of 43 things to do in Chandler
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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)
Maricopa, Arizona
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85 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Interesting building”
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.

Visited February 2013
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Chandler, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Place”
Reviewed 28 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.

Visited September 2012
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3 Thank Deb J
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Phoenix, Arizona
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76 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Not worth a trip unless you are really interested in Indian stuff or pass by anyway”
Reviewed 22 April 2013

It's pretty far out in the middle of nowhere. It's very small. It's very authentic. It's interesting if you are into anything Native American or Arizona. But that's it. There are some similar places in Scottsdale and Phoenix which don't require a long trip into the desert. But if you happen to pass by on I-10 anyway, you should stop here for half an hour.

Visited January 2013
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4 Thank Not Y
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Buckeye, Arizona
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Not your everday museum”
Reviewed 23 August 2012

It's worth the stop but very confusing on how to actually get there. But, it was cool inside, a welcome escape from the heat.

Visited August 2012
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2 Thank Carlos B
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St. Paul, Minnesota
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Warning”
Reviewed 10 December 2008

The Heritage center appears to be a very attractive building. Because friends in Maricopa had told us they rarely saw that it was open, I checked both the Center's website and phoned. The website says they're open 3 days a week, including Wed., 10-4; the phone message said they were open M-F 10-4. After driving for one hour, we found a "closed" note on the gate. 2 hours of vacation wasted for each of us. If you go, try to get a live person to confirm they're really open.

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