""Authentic" Indian Goods" Santa Fe Tourist Trap Tip by SFNinja

Santa Fe Tourist Traps: 10 reviews and 2 photos

It's the most common scam in Santa Fe -- selling fake Native American jewlery or artifacts. Chances are, unless youre at a high priced store on the plaza or on an actual reservation, the "authentic" Native American stuff you just bought was made in China. That goes double for kids stuff, if you want authentic drums or headdresses without paying a fortune, try Taos instead.

Unique Suggestions: At least dont complain when the $4.99 Indian Necklace you bought is discovered to be made in China! It happens, and New Mexico is trying to crack down on it.

Fun Alternatives: The best place to find authentic Native American crafts is actually at a gas station along I-25 between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Stop by the Santa Domingo Pueblo for some gas and check out all the people selling bread and crafts by the side of the road. That stuff is authentic.

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  • Written Sep 12, 2003
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