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New Mexico

Picuris, Pojoaque & Sandia - Albuquerque Area Pueblos

Picuris (peec-kuhr-REES)
Picuris Pueblo, often referred to as "Hidden Valley," is located 25 miles southeast of Taos, near the town of Peñasco on NM-75. It is one of the smallest pueblos. Prior to the arrival of the Spaniards in the early 1540s, its population was estimated between 2,000 to 3,000. Since the mid-1960s there has been a revival of traditional religious activities. Picuris celebrates San Lorenzo Feast Day in August of each year. Picuris potters are known for their unornamented pottery, which has an interesting texture and a subtle glitter from small chips of mica in the pottery clay. A museum houses artifacts, and arts and crafts for purchase. A trout-stocked fishing lake, picnic area and overnight campground are available, and the pueblo's archaeological excavations can be visited.
Location: Peñasco NM 87553

Pojoaque (po-HWAH-keh)
Route 11 Santa Fe NM 87501 Pojoaque Pueblo is located 15 scenic miles north of Santa Fe on Highway 84-285. The Pojoaque Valley is situated amid the spectacular landscape of Northern New Mexico’s juniper and pinon tree hill tops, mesas and mountains. The name Pojoaque is a Spanish version of Po Suwae Geh, which means Water Drinking Place. The people of Pojoaque have returned from near extinction and have thus generated a multiplex of tribally owned and operated enterprises all while maintaining a traditional cultural base. The Pueblo of Pojoaque’s Tribal Council established the Poeh Museum and Cultural Center in 1988 as a permanent tribally owned and operated mechanism for cultural preservation and revitalization within the pueblo communities of the northern Rio Grande Valley. The Center emphasizes arts and cultures of all pueblo people with focus on the Tewa-speaking pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara and Tesuque; and the Tiwa-speaking pueblos of Picuris and Taos.
Additional funds generated via the tribally owned Las Vegas gaming style Cities of Gold Casino and Cities of Gold Hotel have been used to create the Pojoaque Wellness Center that houses a gym, pool, library, CHR Program, Senior Citizens Center and a Boys and Girls Club for tribal and non-tribal members. Also available are gas stations and convenience stores, Towa Golf Course, True Value Hardware, Sports Bar and Casino as well as numerous restaurants.
The pueblo's feast days are Dec. 11th and 12th and Jan. 6th.
Route 11 Santa Fe NM 87501

Sandia (sahn-DEE-ah)
Sandia Pueblo, located 14 miles north of Albuquerque is visible from I-25 but must be accessed off NM-313. Sandia has been in existence at its present site since as early as 1300 A.D. Pueblo land elevations range from 5,000 ft in the Rio Grande Valley to 8,200 ft in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains and was one of the campsites of Coronado in 1541. Visitors are welcome to Sandia Pueblo's annual feast day on June 13th. The Pueblo owns and operates three enterprises: Sandia Lakes Recreation Area (505) 897-3971, located 15 minutes from downtown Albuquerque, offering fishing, picnicking, ature trails and a bait and tackle shop. Bien Mur Indian Market Center (800)365-5400; www.bienmur.com, offers the highest quality of Indian arts and crafts.
Sandia Casino is located immediately north of Albuquerque and has been deemed one of the most beautiful and spacious gaming facilities in the Southwest. Las Vegas style gaming, gift shop, buffet/fine dining, deli/coffee shop, lounge, amphitheater, plus extraordinary views of the Sandia Mountains all add to the fun and excitement of Sandia Casino.
Location: Bernalillo NM 87004

Handmade American Indian arts and crafts
Handmade American Indian arts and crafts.



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