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The Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum is a trading store and a Native American museum located in Cortez, Colorado. The museum opened in 1961 in Cortez?s North Broadway area and stayed in the area until the move to its current location in the Main Street area.

The museum has been a tourist attraction for years and boasts of the largest collection of rugs from the Native American Indian tribe know as the ?Navajo.? The permanent collection in the museum includes Navajo rugs in the four corners such as the ?Ganado Red? and the ?Two Grey Hills?. Tourists can also find hundreds of different weavings and jewelries in the museum. The Notah Dineh museum also boasts of the world?s largest Two Grey Hills rug; a rug that has a total of 12? x 18? which was commissioned by Willard Leighton and created by Rachel Curley, a Native American Indian weaver living near the area.

As a store, the Notah Dineh Trading Company specializes in Native American Indian art including sand paintings, cradle boards, beaded baskets, sculptures, moccasin beadwork, hand-carved wooden kachinas and sterling silver jewelry. The Notah Dineh Trading Company showcases a variety of jewelries created by local Navajo, Zuni, Santo Domingo Pueblo artisans and even Hopi natives. These accessories are made from either 14 karat gold or sterling silver. These jewelleries were also crafted using contemporary designs or even traditional designs and come in the traditional turquoise colors.

The Notah Dineh museum opened in the 1960s and features different Native American Indian artifacts from the 1920s and the 1930s. The exhibits in the museum contain beaded toys, ceremonial gloves, antique cradleboards, moccasins, tomahawks, breastplates, potteries, woven baskets and kachinas. The museum?s old West exhibit also features fringed dresses, leggings, historic firearms including expansive arrowheads and even horseback riding equipment like bridles and bits.
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