Zuni, Apache Jicarilla & Apache Mescalero - Albuquerque Area Pueblos
Zuni Pueblo, the largest of the 19 New Mexico pueblos,
can be reached on NM-602, about 32 miles southwest of
Gallup in the west central part of New Mexico.
Zuni jewelry is widely acclaimed-fashioned of
turquoise, shell and jet stone, it is set in
silver in intricate patterns known as "needlepoint" or
in fine inlay patterns. The Zuni people also are known for
their fine beadwork and exquisite animal fetishes carved from
translucent shell or stone.
Location:Zuni NM 87327
The Jicarilla Reservation is located 5 miles from
the Colorado border. It comprises more than 742,000 acres,
with headquarters in Dulce, 28 miles west of Chama on US-64.
The reservation encompasses beautiful mountain ranges,
sagebrush flats and deep mesa canyons.
The Jicarilla Apache Reservation is highly
accessible and group lodging is available.
The reservation has an arts and crafts museum
featuring basket-making demonstrations and a cultural center.
Annual celebrations include the Little Beaver Rodeo and Pow Wow
that takes place the third week in July and a two-day traditional
ceremony that features dances and relay races in September.
Hunting for mule deer, elk, turkey and waterfowl is available.
Several lakes offer trout fishing and campgrounds are available
around the lakes.
Location: Dulce NM 87528
The Mescalero Apaches live on a 460,000-acre reservation
in southeastern New Mexico, between Ruidoso and Tularosa,
with tribal offices at Mescalero on US-70. The Mescalero have
been leaders in recreational and sporting enterprises, utilizing
their scenic mountains, valleys and streams well. The Inn of the
Mountain Gods, located by Lake Mescalero, has luxurious accommodations,
fine dining, a beautiful golf course and excellent shops, as well
as fishing, horseback riding and other recreation. Big game hunts for
bear and elk in the fall, along with turkey hunts in the spring, are
popular events. Several campsites are available. Mescalero-owned Ski
Apache is only 40 minutes away in Lincoln National Forest.
An annual four-day ceremonial is held in early July and includes
a rodeo and various events. Tribal operated gaming is available at Casino Apache.
Location: Mescalero NM 88340
The Zuni Olla Maidens from Zuni Pueblo balance handmade pots on their heads while dancing