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New Mexico

Indians of New Mexico

Discover New Mexico's culture in the ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs and in the lifestyles and beliefs which are found in the area's earliest civilizations. Pomp, pageantry and religious commemoration are woven into the colorful tapestry of American Indian celebrations. New Mexico's Indian lands are full of discoveries: fascinating cultures, extraordinary landscapes, intriguing ruins, recreational opportunities, and an array of arts and crafts handmade by people proud of their legacies and traditions. Visitors are welcome at most of the reservations and pueblos, but it is always best to call ahead.

Cultural Etiquette
Visitors are welcome to pueblos and reservations for dances and other special events. Call the Pueblo or Tribal Office in advance of arrival to be sure that visitors are welcome on that day. New Mexico’s Indian Pueblos hold observances throughout the year. Most are open to the public, some are not. Remember that when you visit a pueblo, you are visiting someone’s home. Call the Pueblo or Tribal Office to inquire about specific schedules and restrictions. Observe all posted requests and regulations. When you are on Indian land, you are subject to Indian laws.

- Pueblos prohibit the drinking of alcohol during visits.
- Some pueblos charge a photo fee, while many pueblos do not allow photography at all. Please check with the Tribal Office upon arrival.
- Pueblos are places of residence. Do not look into windows or walk into buildings.
- Do not look into or go inside kivas. These underground ceremonial chambers are sacred.
- When attending pueblo dances, remain silent and do not applaud afterward. Do not ask questions regarding the meaning of a dance and do not talk to the dancers or singers. Do not walk across the plaza (dance area) or between the dancers, singers or drummers. Dances are religious ceremonies, be respectful.
- Enter a pueblo home as you would any other by invitation only.
- If you have been invited to eat, do not refuse. Eat a little bit even if you have already eaten or are not hungry. Do not linger at the table after you are finished eating, as your host will be serving many guests throughout the day. Do not ask questions of your host.
-Do not remove pottery shards, rocks or any other natural formations from Indian lands. Do not pick fruits or vegetables from fields or trees.
- If you are on a guided tour, stay on the trail.
- Be aware that public restroom facilities may not be available.
- No pets, please.

The Eagle dance is a traditional dance of many American Indians.
The Eagle dance is a traditional dance of many American Indians.



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