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Santa Fe and Pueblo Events:

Traveling between Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos, you will pass many Indian pueblos or villages. During the year there are feast days, dances and other public events to which visitors are always welcome. But it is important for non-Indians to realize that the dances are not only social, but religious events to be observed with respect.

When you visit a pueblo, remember you are a guest on private land and it is necessary to obey Indian rules and laws:

Do not talk during the dances; do not applaud

Do not walk across the dance plaza

Refrain from talking to dancers until they finish

Do not enter kivas or areas marked as restricted

Do not take alcoholic beverages to the pueblo

Do not take pictures unless permission is given

Never pick up pottery shards or other tempting artifacts

When visiting a pueblo on a regular (not a feast) day, check with tribal officials before taking your camera out of your car. Some pueblos have rules against photography. Most, however, require that you buy a photo permit first. Also, check for information on sketching or videotaping.

The Santa Fe to Taos Area

Nambe Pueblo north on US 84/285 to NM 503, 6 miles east - 505-455-2036
Picuris Pueblo north on NM 68, east NM 75 - 505-587-2519
Pojoaque Pueblo 15 miles north of Santa Fe on US 84/285 - 505-455-2278
San Ildefonso Pueblo north on US 84/285 to NM 502, 6 miles west - 505-455-2273
San Juan Pueblo north of Espanola on NM 68 - 505-852-4400
Santa Clara Pueblo 2 miles south of Espaņola, NM 30 - 505-753-7326
Taos Pueblo 2 miles of north Taos on NM 68 - 505-758-9593
Tesuque Pueblo 9 miles north of Santa Fe on US 84/285 - 505-983-2667

Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council
The Council offers a free, information-filled Official Visitors Guide available at most lodging places in the Santa Fe/Taos area. Or you may contact the Council at PO Box 969, San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico 87566. Telephone 505-852-4265

Annual Calendar of Events

Jan 1 Most Pueblos: Various dances, Transfer of Canes of Authority.

Jan 6 Most pueblos: King's Day Celebration in honor of new tribal officers, Antelope, Buffalo, Deer dances

Jan 22 San Ildefonso: Evening Firelight Dances

Jan 23 San Ildefonso: Pueblo Feast Day, Comanche, Buffalo and Deer dances throughout the day

Jan 25 Picuris Pueblo, San Juan Pueblo: St Paul's Feast Day

Feb 2 Picuris Pueblo, San Felipe Pueblo: Candelaria Day Celebration

2nd week of Feb San Juan Pueblo: Deer dances

Mar 19 Laguna Pueblo: Saint Joseph's Feast Day, Harvest dance

Easter Weekend Dances at most pueblos

April 22 - 24 21st Annual Gathering of Nations Powwow

May 1 San Felipe Pueblo Feast Day

May 2 Pueblo of Acoma: Santa Maria Feast Day

May 3 Taos Pueblo: Traditional foot races

May TBA Jemez Pueblo: Weekend Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts show

June 5 Tesuque Pueblo: Blessing of the Fields

June 13 Picuris, Sandia, San Idlefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara and Taos Pueblos: St Anthony's Feast Day, Comanche or Corn dance

June 19 20 Picuris Pueblo: High Country Arts & Crafts Festival

June 23 San Juan Pueblo: Vespers, foot race and Buffalo dance

June 24 San Juan Pueblo: San Juan Feast Day. Comanche/Buffalo dance
Taos Pueblo: Corn dance

June 29 Santa Domingo Pueblo: Corn dances. San Pedro Feast Day

July 4 Nambe Falls Celebration

July 9-11 Taos Pueblo: Annual Pow-Wow

July 14 Cochiti Pueblo Feast Day

July 17-18 34th Northern Pueblo Artist and Craftsman Show

July 25-26 San Ildefonso and Taos Pueblos: Santiago's and Santa Ana Day Dances

Aug 2 Jemez Pueblo: Feast Day

Aug 4 Santo Domingo Pueblo: Feast Day

Aug 9 Picuris Pueblo: Sunset Dances

Aug 10 San Lorenzo Feast Day Acoma Pueblo; various dances and pole climbing at Picuris Pueblo

Aug 12 Santa Clara Feast Day; various dances

Aug 15 Assumption of Blessed Mother Feast Day at Laguna Pueblo; Zia Pueblo Feast Day

Aug 28-29 Zuni Tribal Fair

Sep 2 San Estevan Feast Day at Acoma Pueblo

Sep 4 San Augustine Feast Day at Isleta Pueblo

Sep 5 Nativity of Mary Feast Day, Corn Dances at San Ildefonso, Harvest dances at Laguna Pueblo

Sep 19 Laguna Pueblo: San Joseph's Feast Day

Sep 25 Laguna Pueblo: St Elizabeth Feast Day

Sep 29 Taos Pueblo: San Geronimo Eve, vespers and Sundown dance

Sep 30 Taos Pueblo: San Geronimo Feast Day; trade fair, pole climbing and early morning races

Oct 3-4 Nambe Pueblo: St Francis Feast Day, various dances

Oct 4-12 Albq Int'l Balloon Fiesta. Traditional dances, youth pow-wow, crowning of Lil' Miss IPCC at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albq

Oct 17 Laguna Pueblo: St Margaret Mary Feast Day

Nov 12 Tesuque Pueblo: San Diego Feast Day, various dances.

Dec 12 Pojoaque Pueblo: Guadalupe Feast Day Jemez Pueblo; various dances

Dec 24 Sundown torchlight Procession of the Virgin, Vespers and Matachines Dances at Taos, Picuris and San Juan Pueblos; Acoma Pueblo luminarias and dances; Mass and dances at Laguna, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Tesuque Pueblos

Dec 25 Matachines and various dances at Laguna, Picuris, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, San Juan, Tesuque, Taos and Zia Pueblos

Dec 26 Turtle Dance at San Juan Pueblo; various dances at Santo Domingo Pueblo

Dec 28 Holy Innocents Day; children's dances at Santa Clara and Picuris Pueblos




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