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Native American Events

Nowhere else in the United States have so many ancient Indian rituals and customs survived as in New Mexico. Anyone who has stood on the edge of a sun-filled pueblo plaza and watched as ceremonially attired dancers move gracefully to the resonating drums can attest to the profound relationship between the land and her chosen caretakers.

Celebrate this heritage at annual events that attract patrons and visitors alike from around the world from the traditional, like the Navajo Nation Fair and arts and crafts fairs at Zuni Pueblo and Ohkay Owingeh; to the ceremonial, like community Pueblo feast days and dances and the annual Mescalero Apache Ceremonial; to the world famous Santa Fe Indian Market, Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque and the Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial.

 

Fry Bread Sale ONLY (not Navajo Taco)

Office: Native American Affairs 575.562.2470 enmu.nativeamericanaffairs@enmu.edu
Date of Delivery: April 10
Deadline to place order: April 7
Cost: $4
Time: Delivery on campus only from 11 a.m.-noon
Description: Native American Affairs is having a homemade fry bread sale to raise money for scholarships for Native students. Email, call or come by the Office of Native American Affairs to RSVP your fry bread. Thank you for your support!

 

The Gathering of Nations Powwow

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"...All events are open to the public, and photos are encouraged."

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Nearly 3,000 American Indian dancers and singers representing more than 700 tribes of Canada and the United Stated will gather in Albuquerque for the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow at The Pit at the University of New Mexico.

Activities and events include competition Indian singing and dancing. Indian traders market, and a street fair on Powwow Alley, filled with aisles of shopping, and native foods and music.

The Indian Trader's Market offers a very special shopping experience and exhibition of Native artifacts from throughout the Americas featuring over 800 artists, crafters and traders, and the crowning of Miss Indian World. All events are open to the public, and photos are encouraged.

The Gathering of Nations is a Native American Indian 501© non-profit organization founded in 1983 to promote Native American, American Indian (indigenous) culture and tradition, and dispel stereotypes created about Native American Indian and indigenous people. Among many contributions to the Native American community, the Gathering of Nations founded and funds the Academic Scholarship Foundation for Native American students.

Visit gatheringofnations.com

 

The Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial

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"... The annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial gives New Mexicans and their visitors a genuine cultural experience with family and friends"

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The Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial (complete with Indian art sales and exhibits, tribal dances, the All-Indian Rodeo, parades, rug auctions and Indian Art Village) is held annually in Gallup and nearby Red Rock Park (RRP).

The annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial gives New Mexicans and their visitors a genuine cultural experience with family and friends. The Ceremonial represents what it means to be a Native American, and is a cultural experience cherished and treasured by its many visitors. It is a highlight of New Mexico's annual calendar of events, and one not to be missed.

 

Native American Calendar

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"... Native American feast days allow tribal members to come together in a renewal of their language, culture and religion."

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Please note dates and times are subject to change. Events can be closed to non-tribal members without notice. Please call ahead for up-to-date information.

January

New Years Day

Most Pueblos: Various dances, Transfer of Canes of Authority to new Tribal officers

Taos Pueblo: Turtle Dance, marking the beginning of the new year

Jan 6

Most pueblos: King's Day Celebration in honor of new Tribal officers, Antelope, Buffalo, Deer dances

San Ildefonso: Evening Firelight Dances

San Ildefonso: Pueblo Feast Day, Comanche, Buffalo and Deer dances throughout the day

Jan 25

Picuris Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh/San Juan Pueblo: St Paul's Feast Day

February

Picuris Pueblo, San Felipe Pueblo: Candelaria Day Celebration

1st weekend of Feb Old Acoma Pueblo: Governor's Feast Day, various dances

2nd week of Feb San Juan Pueblo: Deer dances

March

Laguna Pueblo: Saint Joseph's Feast Day, Harvest and various other dances

April

Easter Weekend Dances at most pueblos. Please call ahead.

May

San Felipe Pueblo Feast Day, Corn dance

Taos Pueblo: Santa Cruz Feast Day, Corn dance, blessing of the fields, traditional foot races

Pueblo of Acoma: Santa Maria Feast Day

Jemez Pueblo: Giusewa Powwow, at Jemez State Monument

(Memorial Day Weekend) Jemez Pueblo: Weekend Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Show

June

(First Saturday in June) Tesuque Pueblo: Blessing of the Fields

Picuris, Sandia, San Idlefonso, Ohkay Owingeh/San Juan, Santa Clara and Taos Pueblos: St Anthony's Feast Day/San Antonio Feast Day, Comanche or Corn dance

(Father's Day weekend) Picuris Pueblo: High Country Arts and Crafts Festival

San Juan Pueblo: Vespers, foot race and Buffalo dance

Ohkay Owingeh/San Juan Pueblo: San Juan Feast Day, Corn dance. Comanche/Buffalo dance. Taos Pueblo: Corn dance

Santo Domingo Pueblo/Santa Ana Pueblo: Corn dances. San Pedro/St. Peter Feast Day

July

Nambe Pueblo: Celebration of the Waterfall. Mescalero Apache: Maiden's Puberty Rites and Mountain Spirits Dance

(Second weekend in July) Taos Pueblo: Annual Intertribal Powwow

Cochiti Pueblo: St. Bonaventure Feast Day, Corn dances

(Third weekend in July) Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Annual Arts and Crafts Show

(Third weekend in July) Jicxarilla Apache: Little Beaver Celebration and Dances. Includes Pro-Indian/Open Rodeo, Powwow, dances, and more

San Ildefonso, Taos, Laguna, Santa Ana Pueblos: Santiago and Santa Ana Feast Day dances

(Last weekend in July) Zuni Pueblo: Zuni Arts and Cultural Expo

August

Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. Held annually in August, check thier website for dates, at Red Rock State Park near Gallup. Parades, rodeo, arts and crafts, dances, food, golf tourney, auctions and more. Parking and admission fees at Red Rock State Park. For information visit gallupceremonial.com or call 505.863.3896.

Santa Fe Indian Market. Normally held during the third weekend in August, on the Santa Fe Plaza. Native American artists and craftspeople from all over North America exhibit thier work for purchase. Activities include juried competitions, dances, food and more. No admission fee. For information visit www.swaia.org or call 505.983.5220.

Santo Domingo Pueblo Saint Dominic Annual Feast Day and Corn Dance. For information: 505.465.2214.

Zuni Cultural Arts Expo, Zuni New Mexico, For Information visit zunitourism.com or call the visitor center at 505.782.7238.

Picuris Pueblo San Lorenzo Annual Feast Day.

Picuris Pueblo Trade Fair and Races. For information contact Picuris pueblo for all information. 575.587.2519.

Acoma Pueblo San Lorenzo Feast Day. Throw Day and dances. For information: 505.252.1139 or 800.747.0181.

Cochiti Pueblo San Lorenzo Feast Day. For information: 505.465.2244.

Laguna Pueblo San Lorenzo Feast Day. Throw Day and dancing where people named Lawrence or Lorenzo throw items from rooftops to visitors. For information: 505.552.6654.

Santa Clara Pueblo Feast Day. Buffalo and other dances. For information: 505.753.7326.

Village of Mesita, Laguna Pueblo Assumption of Our Blessed Mother's Feast Day. Harvest and other dances. For information: 505.552.6654.

Late August

Picuris Pueblo: Picuris Tri-Cultural Arts and Crafts Show. Call to confirm dates and times: 575.587.2519.

Aug TBA Ramah Fair. Parade, Powwow, arts and crafts, sanctioned and open show rodeos, queen's contest, barbeque, baby contest, 5k run, and more. At Pinehill Chapter House, Ramah, New Mexico, Navajo Reservation.

Isleta Pueblo Saint Augustine Feast Day Morning mass followed by a procession. Dances in the afternoon at the Isleta Pueblo. For information: 505.869.3111.

Totah Festival. Crafts fair and Powwow at the Farmington Civic Center, Farmington. Marketplace, rug auction, contest Powwow, more. For information: 800.448.1240 or farmingtonnm.org.

September

Navajo Nation Fair. Traditional songs and dances, parade, Miss Navajo Nation Pageant, midway, rodeos, Powwow, food, and more at the Navajo Nation Fairgrounds, Window Rock, Arizona, Navajo Reservation. For information: Navajo Nation Fair Office: 928.871.6478 or navajonationfair.com.

Old Acoma Pueblo Sky City, Acoma Pueblo San Estevan Feast Day Harvest Dances. For information: skycity.com or 1.888.Sky.City (1.888.759.2489)

Sept Labor Day Weekend Annual Arts and Crafts Market. At Santo Domingo Pueblo. For information: 505.465.2214.

Isleta Pueblo San Augustine Feast Day. For information: 505.869.3111.

Laguna Pueblo Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary's Feast Day. Harvest and social dances at Village of Encinal. For information: 505.552.6654.

San Ildefonso Pueblo Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary's Feast Day and Corn Dances For information: 505.455.3549.

Jicarilla Apache Reservation Sept second or third weekend Go-Jii-Yah Feast Day at Stone Lake. For exact dates and event information: 575.843.7270 or 575.759.3242.

Laguna Pueblo St. Joseph's Annual Feast Day. Old Laguna Village. Buffalo, Eagle and Social Dances for information: 505.552.6654.

Laguna Pueblo St. Elizabeth's Feast Day. Harvest and Social Dances at Village of Paguate for information: 505.552.6654.

Taos Pueblo Feast of San Geronimo, dances, races, pole climb, arts and crafts fair. Per vehicle admission fee. Free bus is provided between parking area and the Pueblo for those who don't want to walk. For information: www.taospueblo.com or 575.758.1028.

October

Nambe Pueblo St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day Pueblo Dances. For information: 505.455.2036.

Shiprock Navajo Nation Fair. Dancing, song and dance competition, arts and crafts, rodeos parade, and more. For information: www.snf-inc.com

Jemez Pueblo at the Walatowa Visitor Center, this event will feature traditional dances, bread baking demonstration, as well as both Native and Non-Native artists selling their goods. (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). www.jemezpueblo.com or email tourism@jemezpueblo.com

Laguna Pueblo St. Margaret Mary's Feast Day at the Village of Paraje, Harvest and Social Dances at. For information: 505.552.6654.

November

Tesuque Pueblo San Diego Feast Day. Flag, Buffalo, Corn, Comanche and Deer Dances. For information: 505.983.2667.

Zuni Pueblo Christmas Light Parade. For Information visit www.zunitourism.com or call the visitor center at 505.782.7238

December

Jemez Pueblo Walatowa Winter Arts and Crafts Fair. For information: 505.834.7235.

December 12 Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Feast Day

Pojoaque Pueblo. Pueblo Dances. For information: 505.455.3460.

Tesuque Pueblo Bow and Arrow, Comanche and Buffalo Dances. For information: 505.983.2667.

Santa Clara Pueblo For information: 505.753.7326.

Christmas Celebrations by Pueblo

Please contact Pueblo Tribal Offices directly to confirm if community is open to general public.

Old Acoma Pueblo Sky City. Dances, luminarias. Christmas festivals at San Estevan del Rey Mission, Sky City, Acoma. For information: www.skycity.com or call 1.888.Sky.City (1.888.759.2489)

Old Laguna Pueblo. Dec. 25, 10 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. Deer, Harvest, Arrow and other Dances after mass. Harvest dances continue for three more days. For information: 505.552.6654.

Nambe Pueblo Christmas Eve Mass followed by Buffalo, Deer and Antelope Dances.

Picuris Pueblo. Christmas celebrations and "Los Matachines."

San Felipe Pueblo Dances after midnight mass. Dances Dec. 25.

Ohkay Owingeh (Formally San Juan Pueblo) Spanish dance drama "Los Matachines" and Pine Torch Procession.

San Ildefonso, Christmas celebrations and various dances.

Santa Clara, Christmas celebrations and various dances.

Taos Pueblo, Sundown Procession with bonfires.

Tesuque Pueblo, Dances after midnight mass.

Zia, Pueblo Dances.

 

Etiquette

Please follow these rules of etiquette when visiting our Native American Communities:

  • Call ahead to confirm event dates, as well as access to tribal lands. There are times when tribal leaders need to restrict access because of private ceremonies and other reasons.
  • Although most Pueblos are open to the public during daylight hours, the homes are private. Like any village, the Pueblos are home to those who live there and should be respected as such.
  • Some Pueblos may charge an entry fee. Camping and fishing fees are charged where such facilities are available. Call ahead to find out if there are fees associated with visiting.
  • Most Pueblos require a permit to photograph, sketch or paint on location. Some Pueblos prohibit photography at all times. Please check with the Tribal Office for the permitting process before entering the Pueblo. Once a permit is obtained, always ask for permission before taking a photograph of a tribal member. REMEMBER: cameras and film can be confiscated.
  • The carrying or use of alcohol and drugs on Pueblos is strictly prohibited.
  • Tribes value traditions, customs and religion. Some actions and/or questions could be offensive, so refrain from pressing for answers. Tribal dances are religious ceremonies, not public performances. It is a privilege to witness a ceremony.
  • Silence is mandatory during all dances and Pueblo ceremonies. This means no questions about the ceremonies or dances while they are underway; no interviews with the participants; no walking across the dance plaza; and, no applause during/after the dance or ceremony.
  • Pueblo villages, including Kivas, ceremonial rooms, and cemeteries are sacred places and restricted for use by Pueblo members only.
  • Many of the structures are hundreds of years old. Do not scale walls or climb on top of buildings.
  • Nature is sacred on the Pueblos. Littering is strictly prohibited.
  • On feast days and other public observances, enter a Pueblo home as you would any other, by invitation only. It is courteous to accept an invitation to eat, but not to linger at the table, as your host will want to serve numerous guests throughout the day. Thank your host, but a payment or tip is not appropriate.
  • Please obey all traffic and speed limit signs. Children and pets play near the roads. Also be cautious of livestock on or near main roadways.
  • Observe all signage indicating OFF LIMITS while visiting a Pueblo.
  • If organized tours are offered, please remember to stay with your tribal guide at all times.
  • Refrain from bringing a cell phone onto Pueblos. Tribal officials could confiscate cell phones if they feel they might be used for photography or recording. Also, the ring tones as well as personal conversations can easily disrupt other visitors' experiences, as well as daily tribal life.
  • Do not remove artifacts, pottery shards or other tempting items.
  • Tribal communities do not use the clock to determine when it is time to conduct activities. Acts of nature, as well as the sequence of events that must take place (some not for public viewing) usually determine start and finish times for ceremonies.