Arizona Office of Tourism
Phoenix, AZ; 602-364-3700 or 866-275-5816; www.arizonaguide.com
The Arizona Office of Tourism provided NANACT with tourism research and Web site design tips and graphics. The Arizona Office of Tourism has a number of programs to support Native American Communities. Cultural Heritage tourism, including the Native American experience has been an integral component of the Arizona Office of Tourism's marketing efforts. Tribal entities are encouraged to take advantage of the services and resources available by participating in Agency programs. Arizonaguide.com is the official Arizona travel and vacation guide from the Arizona Office of Tourism. Find in-depth visitor information and videos about Arizona travel, including comprehensive directories of Arizona lodging, dining, shopping, what to do, and where to go throughout the Grand Canyon State.
Coconino County Community Services Department (CCCSD)
Flagstaff, Arizona; 928-679-7425; www.coconino.az.gov
CCCSD has provided oversight, facilitation, and coordination for the NANACT project, whether in recruiting Native artisans, providing business marketing training, or overseeing the development of the Web site. CCCSD is the County's designated community action agency and as such, leads the local battle against poverty. Involvement in NANACT grew out of CCCSD’s work in nontraditional economic development when local Native American artisans became interested in the people-based, place-based artisan “trail” tourism approach successfully developed by HandMade in America in rural western North Carolina. With 18,661 square miles, Coconino is the second largest county in the U.S., but one of the most sparsely populated, and Native American reservations comprise 46 percent of the land area. CCCSD supports NANACT’s goal to better connect visitors with Native culture and art, and in the process assist the region’s economy.
Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau (FCVB)
Flagstaff, Arizona; 928-774-9541, 800-842-7293; www.flagstaffarizona.org
The FCVB supports the goals of NANACT and has supplied information on accommodations and services. It is committed to making Flagstaff the ideal place from which visitors can explore regional Native lands. The Flagstaff Visitor Center staff can assist you (800-379-0065; firstname.lastname@example.org) with local directions, travel planning, details about an attraction, dining suggestions, or local history regarding Flagstaff and surrounding areas. The Flagstaff Visitor Center is located in the historic Santa Fe passenger train depot on Route 66. Flagstaff Visitor Guides, 5-Day Explorers, guidebooks, event calendars, area maps, and brochures are available free of charge. Flagstaff Visitor's Guide PDF | Request Guide
Fran Kosik, Author & Rio Nuevo Publishers
Tucson, Arizona; 520-623-9558 or 800-969-9558; www.rionuevo.com
Much of the information, including the useful trip maps, on the NANACT website is used by permission from Native Roads: The Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo & Hopi Nations, 2nd Edition by Fran Kosik (Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2005). The NANACT website only contains a portion of the wonderful content in Kosik's book.
"Native Roads should be in the vehicle of everyone who does any driving around in what we call Indian Country." -- Tony Hillerman
"A sure winner. Anyone traveling the Four Corners region will want a copy on the seat beside them." -- The Tombstone Epitaph
"...an invaluable travel companion." -- Westways Magazine
Hopi Tribe: Office of Revenue Commission
The Hopi Tribe Office of Revenue Commission provided NANACT with lists of tribe approved/ registered tour operators, arts and crafts sale locations, and accommodations.
First Mesa Consolidated Villages
Polacca, Arizona; 928-737-2670.
First Mesa Consolidated Villages recruited NANACT Native artisans and organized basic business marketing workshops.
Museum of Northern Arizona
Flagstaff, Arizona; 928-774-5213; www.musnaz.org
MNA has been a primary contributor to the content of the NANACT Web site, both text and photographs. Founded in 1928 as a community effort by a group of Flagstaff citizens, the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) is a private, nonprofit institution that was originally established as a repository for Native American artifacts and natural history specimens from the Colorado Plateau. Over its 81-year history in Flagstaff, MNA has evolved into a regional center of learning with collections, exhibits, educational programs, publications, and research projects that serve more than 80,000 people each year. As the only accredited museum within 150 miles of Flagstaff and the only natural history museum within 250 miles, the Museum of Northern Arizona plays a vital role as interpreter of the Colorado Plateau.
Michele Mountain, Museum of Northern Arizona Photographer
NANACT is indebted to Michele Mountain for her photography from the Museum of
Northern Arizona’s Hopi and Navajo Festivals. She provided most of the photography
on the NANACT site and her talent is obvious. Thank you, Michele.
Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. (NACA)
Flagstaff, Arizona; 928-526-2968; www.nacainc.org
NACA has assisted with NANACT promotion and Native artisan recruitment. The mission of Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. is to provide culturally appropriate health and human services to urban American Indians and others in need, emphasizing advocacy, harmony, and respect. The Oak Creek Vista Overlook Project is an economic development program that allows Native Americans artisans to sell their arts, crafts, and jewelry at the prime tourist location. For many vendors, the Overlook is their major source of income. Overlook Program Coordinator: Dorothy Denetsosie Gishie
Navajo Tourism Department
Window Rock, Arizona; 928-871-6436; www.discovernavajo.com
The Navajo Tourism Department provided NANACT with contact information for recruiting Native artisans, as well as connected it with tourism connections. The Official Navajo Nation Visitor Guide (www.discovernavajo.com/discovernavajoguide/index.html) is a comprehensive guide to the Navajo Nation. It includes information about Navajoland, Navajo beliefs, attractions throughout the area, and an extensive visitor directory. The visitor guide will help travelers navigate throughout the Navajo Nation with ease; providing visitors with the knowledge to experience the beauty and attractions the Navajo Nation offers.
Northern Arizona University (NAU): Cline Library
Flagstaff, Arizona; 928-523-2173; www.nau.edu/library
The Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center (AHRRC)
Flagstaff, Arizona; 928-523-4289; http://home.nau.edu/ahrrc/
AHRRC has provided NANACT with hospitality and other business contacts. AHRRC is a community outreach service of NAU’s W. A. Franke College of Business, created in 1989 by the Arizona Legislature to provide market research for the Arizona Office of Tourism. While this partnership continues, AHRRC has expanded its market research capabilities to many other clients.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Flagstaff, Arizona; 928-526-7653; www.coconino.edu/sbdc
The Coconino Community College SBDC staff has provided business assistance to NANACT artisans and may provide specialized business training in the future. SBDC provides one-on-one counseling with a trained business advisor, training presentations, and research assistance. The SBDC is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the US Small Business Administration to make technical assistance services available to the millions of small businesses that help drive our nation's economy. Through this network NANACT artisans also have had access to the extensive online resources available on the Kutztown University SBDC Web site (www.kutztownsbdc.org).
The Kennedy Museum of Art
Athens, Ohio; 740-593-1304; www.ohio.edu/museum
The Kennedy Museum of Art provided NANACT with use of several videos and related content. It is located in historic Lin Hall at The Ridges on the Ohio University campus. The Kennedy Museum of Art’s Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy Southwest Native American Collection includes nearly 700 textiles and over 2400 jewelry items of predominantly Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni origin. The collection also includes a small number of objects of varied tribal origin, including basketry and ceramics. Perhaps the most unique feature of the Kennedy Museum’s collection is the series of Navajo sandpainting textiles. It is, by all accounts, the largest single collection of sandpainting textiles in existence.
U.S. Department of Labor - Women's Bureau
Washington DC; 866-4-USA-DOL (866-487-2365); www.dol.gov/wb
The Northern Arizona Native Arts and Cultural Trail was funded in part under contract from the US Department of Labor Women’s Bureau and Employment and Training Administration. Under this contract, the Coconino County Community Services Department initiated the creation of the Northern Arizona Native Arts and Cultural Trail with a special emphasis on ensuring that Native American women would be able to increase their earnings through entrepreneurial training, professional skill development, and creation of an online business presence. The pilot project emanated from the Women’s Bureau’s Working Women in Transition (WWIT) program, which helped women with multiple barriers to employment by offering training, mentoring and professional development leading to improved job opportunities, higher wages, promotions, additional education, skills, and entrepreneurship opportunities. Other Women’s Bureau WWIT projects have funded services to Native American women in the Yakama Nation of Washington State, and Native American, and rural women in South Dakota.
The U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau is the only federal agency with a mandate to formulate standards and policies to promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment. The Women's Bureau national office is located in Washington, DC with regional offices in ten major cities across the country. Established in 1920, the Women's Bureau is one of the oldest agencies in the U.S. Department of Labor.