Isleta, Jemez, Laguna & Nambe - Albuquerque Area Pueblos
Isleta Pueblo produces red-clay pottery decorated
with red and black designs on a white background.
The public is invited to several dances during the
summer, a September fair and Christmas festivals.
Camping and fishing at Sunrise Lake on the reservation
is a popular vacation location. Tribal operated gaming
is available at Isleta Casino and Resort.
Location: Isleta Pueblo NM 87022
Jemez Pueblo's village of Walatowa is 55 miles northwest of
Albuquerque (approximately one hour's drive) and has been occupied
since the 16th century. Many Pueblo buildings date back to the period
following the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Jemez is the only remaining pueblo
to still speak the Towa dialect, an unwritten language. Jemez Pueblo has
a closed village policy and visitors are only welcome into the village on
feast days. The Walatowa Visitor Center provides visitor information about
feast days, group tours and has a gift shop featuring Jemez pottery.
Interpretive exhibits introduce visitors to the history, culture and
experience of the Jemez people. The Jemez people are known for their
pottery, storytellers, figurines, sculpture, basketry, embroidery,
woven cloths, moccasins and jewelry.
7413 Hwy 4
Jemez Pueblo NM 87024
Laguna Pueblo is actually comprised of six major villages,
with tribal offices in Old Laguna. The pueblo has existed at
this site, about 45 miles west of Albuquerque off I-40, since as
early as 1450. Traditional pottery making was revived in the 1970s
and today's Laguna painters and jewelers work with innovative designs
and techniques, distinguishing their work from many other craftspeople.
Laguna's many festivals draw large crowds-including other tribes-to
enjoy sporting events and trading in arts and crafts, produce and
other goods. Visitors can visit Casa Blanca Village, a shopping
center just off I-40, where pueblo arts and crafts can be purchased.
Gaming, a full service restaurant and snack bar is available at
Dancing Eagle Casino and Travel Center at Exit 108.
Laguna Pueblo NM 87026
Nambe Pueblo (Nambe-Mound of earth,
land in a circle) is tucked away at the base
of the breathtaking Sangre de Cristo Mountains
just 23 miles north of Santa Fe. Take Hwy 84-285 north to Pojoaque,
turn right on 503 East Nambe Exit and proceed 3 miles, turn
right at the Nambe Waterfalls Hwy (NP101). Local artists continue
to make the traditional micaceous pottery, which is a recently revived
technique. These artists and many others also do weaving, jewelry,
stone sculpture and black or red pottery. Nambe Pueblo celebrates
its annual feast day on October 4th in honor of the birthday of St. Frances de Assisi.
A lake and natural waterfall are located 2 miles east of the pueblo; facilities available
include picnic area, fishing, camping, hiking and motorless boating on the lake. Visitors
can view 15 to 20 majestic buffalo grazing in their natural habitat.
Santa Fe NM 87501