Friends of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is a nonprofit organization established in 1990 to aid and promote the management of programs and objectives of the trading post. Friends of Hubbell support Native American arts and crafts through bi-annual Native American Art Auctions held in May and September.
These enjoyable full day events are worth taking a trip to attend. Proceeds support scholarships to Navajo and Hopi college students and to increase the awareness of the trading post heritage in the Southwest. The auction features approximately 350 genuine works of Native American art. Profits fund Native American college scholarships. $25,000 in each of the last6 years. Free entry, plenty of parking with food available.
The Trading Post, established in 1878, is the oldest continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Nation reservation. It has been considered a meeting ground of two cultures between the Navajo and the settlers who came to the area to trade. It became part of the National Park Service in 1967. The trading post is filled with historic artifacts and merchandise for sale (which includes jewelry, pottery, rugs, foodstuffs and general supplies).