Native American Art on Scenic Hwy 89A
While you are in Northern Arizona, you surely will want to buy some authentic Native American Arts & Crafts. For one of the best – and most reasonable – places to shop, head to the Oak Creek Vista Overlook. It’s located 14 miles south of Flagstaff on Hwy. 89A, the scenic route from Flagstaff to Sedona – and vice versa.
This is one of the most beautiful drives in America, so even if the Overlook were not there, this would still be a trip to recommend. When you see the sign “Scenic Viewpoint,” just pull off there, because that’s the Overlook. There is plenty of free parking.
Though the overlook is on Forest Service land, Native Americans for Community Action (NACA) has made an arrangement to lease a portion of the land, which it in turn allocates to Native American vendors. At the present time, there are spaces occupied by sellers of handmade jewelry, pottery, baskets, rugs, etc.
Native Americans for Community Action is a non-profit organization devoted to funding needed programs for Native Americans. Mrs. Dorothy Gishie, Program Coordinator, said that all of the wares sold at the Overlook have to be handmade/handcrafted by Native Americans. Best of all, the prices are more reasonable than you will see elsewhere – because the middleman has been eliminated. You are either buying from the artist or someone very close to him or her.
Most of the Native Americans selling there are Navajos, but there is also a scattering of other tribes showing their art. Mrs. Gishie said NACA would like to have all of the tribes of Northern Arizona represented.
The Oak Creek Vista Overlook is open year-round (hours for March and April are 8 am – 5:30 pm; hours for May to September are 7 am – 5:30 pm). Be sure to stop by – with these reasonable prices you won’t need to go farther to find great gifts and remembrances of your travels.
928-526-2968, ext. 126