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Albuquerque


New Mexico

Isleta, Jemez, Laguna & Nambe - Albuquerque Area Pueblos

Isleta (iss-Leh'tah) 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 (Hay-mez)
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 (lah-Goo-nah)
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 (nahm-BAY)
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. Route 1 Santa Fe NM 87501

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