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Keams Canyon

Purchase authentic native crafts in a modern-day gallery that sits on the site of the historic Keams Canyon Trading Post.

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Set in a primitive, rocky canyon, Keams Canyon’s trading post is worth seeking out for its robust selection of Katsina dolls, baskets, pottery, and silver jewelry created by Hopi and other Puebloan artists.

Thomas Keams established the trading post in 1875 to do business with local American Indian tribes. It was a barter system of sorts, between tribe members and Keams. He would accept a rug or carving on “trade” for needed supplies, saving the community members an arduous journey to “town.” The vast majority of patrons are still local American Indians.

Now called McGee’s, it is the chief attraction for visitors to the small village of Keams Canyon. There’s a primitive campground, shopping center, and restaurant. Come hungry: frybread and tortillas are made to order. The Sheepherders Delight with shaved mutton and green chiles, or the Native Hot Beef, an open-faced sandwich on frybread, are among the most popular dishes. But you can also opt for a burger – on frybread, of course.

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For Visitor information

Experience Hopi | PO Box 2260 | Tuba City, AZ | (928) 283-4500 |

County It all started How High? Head Count
Navajo 1875 6,188ft 304

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