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New Mexico

Albuquerque Area Pueblos

Nowhere are so many pueblos accessible to the public than in the Albuquerque area. New Mexico is home to nineteen Indian Pueblos and three reservations.

Fall signals the celebration of the harvest season with special ceremonies, dances in brilliant costumes and sacred rituals. Drums beat with an insistent cadence. The costumes worn by the dancers help tell the story of the dance; feathers, jewelry and beads all communicate an aspect of the dance. Each dance tells a different story and serves a different purpose. They converse in tongues both strange and fascinating to the outsider. The air is filled with the fragrance of pinon smoke. Red chile ristras (strings) decorate many homes, with the chiles destined to add their distinct flavor to stews and sauces throughout the winter. The sights, sounds and smells are a feast for the senses. The works of many talented Pueblo Indian artists and craftsmen are frequently on display and for sale: hand-made jewelry, pottery, distinctive craft items and even traditional Indian food. Bread baked in the traditional horno (outdoor oven) is delicious, as is fry bread, best consumed on the spot, hot and honey-drizzled straight from the pan. Pueblo life is a window to another world and time.

Not relegated to history books or museums, this is a living culture carrying on the centuries-old traditions of their ancestors. Visitors admitted into pueblos to view the dances are expected to respect the customs and traditions. Some pueblos have strict rules governing photography, sketching and tape recording. All visitors must abide by the laws and rules of the pueblo they visit and most pueblos have a tribal office that can answer any questions. Those who take the time to visit a pueblo will leave with a precious memory to add to their New Mexico experience.

New Mexico is home to nineteen Indian Pueblos and three reservations.
New Mexico is home to nineteen Indian Pueblos and three reservations.



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Source: Albuquerque CVB, Marcia Keegan
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