Escape the well-worn tourist trails and uncover a hidden treasure. In a remote location, you'll stumble upon an old tack and saddle house, originally built in the late 1800s. After undergoing a meticulous renovation in the 1980s by the late Alvin Concho and Greg Lewis from Paguate Village on Laguna Pueblo, this historic structure has blossomed into The Arrowhead—a captivating silversmith studio that invites you to step into the world of skilled Native American artisans.
The Arrowhead lets you learn more about the dedication and hard work of master craftsmen and better appreciate the craft of silversmithing developed by four generations of the Lewis Family. This remarkable skill has been passed down from one generation to the next. Dyaami Lewis and his family eagerly await your arrival, ready to share their profound knowledge of the land, culture and history. In addition to having an opportunity to watch silver artists at work, you can experience the outdoor firing of pots, a cherished tradition that has been lovingly preserved by renowned Acoma potter Lucy M. Lewis's descendants.
At the shop, Dyaami nurtures the skills of his own son and nephews, ensuring that the tradition continues. To find The Arrowhead, set your course along Interstate 40, taking exit 114. Venture two miles west on Old Route 66. Look for their name emblazoned on a highway sign. Continue another eight miles along the scenic State Highway N. 279 until you reach the historic Village of Paguate. Nestled at the foot of the majestic mesas of Mt. Taylor, on the edge of the breathtaking Colorado Plateau, lies the historic Pueblo Village of Paguate. Here, seven springs flow freely, once providing refuge to legendary figures such as Pancho Villa and Billy the Kid.
The land holds the echoes of the Apache and Navajo people, who found solace during the grueling "long walk." Within reach, the Spanish Conquistadors discovered a place to call their own, forever imprinting their mark on this captivating region. The Arrowhead and the Paguate village beckon intrepid travelers seeking an authentic connection with the past. Each masterpiece you encounter holds a story.