Exploring the American West Through a Native Perspective

Exploring the American West Through a Native Perspective

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown February 11th, 2018 Last Updated on: August 27th, 2018

With so many states, cities, and other communities drawing on tourism dollars, why shouldn't Native Americans get in on the action too?

A Native-owned tour company out of Phoenix, Arizona has decided to just that.

“What Detours Native America is an insight and perspective through travel and tourism looking through all the West Coast through the Native American eye,” owner Donovan Hanley said.

The small group trips — scheduled to begin next year — will offer people exclusive access to dozens of tribes.

“I personally designed these tours to ensure an unparalleled look into native life,” Hanley, an Arizona native who grew up near White Cone on the Navajo Nation, said.

Hanley said the trips will encourage Native Americans to talk with travelers and share their stories.

“Getting them to tell their story, their travel story, and letting them speak to that or how have they contributed to historical marks, like when the west was won,” Hanley said. “We have a version of how the west was lost.”

Meet Donovan

DETOURS Native America owner Donovan Hanley is from the quaint northern Arizona community of White Cone, AZ. Donovan is of the Towering House Clan and born for the Water Flowing Together Clan. Early on in Donovan’s career, he instructed the Hospitality Management program at Greyhills Academy High School and most recently was the Director of Sales for the Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Wow. this is a wonderful opportunity. I am eager to learn about these tours as well.

Randall Williams

I am eager to learn more about these tours.

D Redmond

This is such an exciting opportunity to see, experience and learn from an Indigenous perspective; I’d really like to go on one of these tours (budget willing, one day). I hope the same tour idea can be fostered in Canada too.

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