Pullman’s exhibit at the 1948-1949 Chicago Railroad Fair may have been a dull repeat of its previous fair exhibits, but Santa Fe’s was stunningly daring and original. To advertise its association with the Southwest, the railway recreated a variety of Indian structures that most Americans had never seen except, perhaps, in movies.
These included a three-story pueblo building; a Hopi ceremonial Kiva; several wikiups (teepees); Navajo hogans; and a medicine lodge (sweat lodge). This booklet described each of these structures as well as the major Southwest Indian groups: Hopi, Zuni, San Juan, Jemez, Navaho, and Apache.
Pueblo at the Santa Fe Indian Village. Photo courtesy of Stuff from the Park.
The exhibit also had an arts & crafts building and a small Indian trading post where Fred Harvey sold Indian curios. Indians were scattered throughout the village, many of them demonstrating the making of baskets, blankets, pottery, sand paintings, and other Indian art.
Trading Post at the Santa Fe Indian Village. Photo courtesy of Stuff from the Park.