For generations, American Indian tribes have sought to live in harmony with the beautiful and harsh environment of the Southwest and discovered ways to thrive with what is able to grow here. Each piece of art was inspired by the natural world, growing from the earth, sustaining life and reflects the artists' visions of that legacy.
The museum houses irreplaceable collections of prehistoric and contemporary pottery, prehistoric jewelry and stone artifacts. The Smoki Museum exhibits also include an outstanding collection of Southwest basketry and kachinas. Among the museum's many valued collections are artist Kate Cory's numerous photographs, paintings, and documents.