Throughout the month of November, there are numerous opportunities to learn more about Native culture in the Land of Enchantment. The Tourism Department created a list outlining the “12 Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month in New Mexico,” a digital guide to authentic and enriching experiences unique to our state.
Near the top of the list is Albuquerque’s Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, which is the gateway to 19 Pueblos. With different events nearly every weekend, this month they’ll host the 4th Annual Pueblo Film Festival Nov. 17-19. This is the country’s only film festival that focuses on the work of Pueblo filmmakers and actors.
About 90 miles southeast, near Mountainair, is the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument where visitors will discover Spanish and Puebloan peoples’ early encounters. This national monument is made up of three sets of Pueblo mission ruins – Gran Quivira, Quarai and Abó. Mission units are open daily, and guided tours are available with advance notice.
To really get a “taste” of Native traditions in New Mexico, participate in a Native American feast day. Visitors can join Tesuque Pueblo on November 12, for the annual St. David Feast Day, where culture and tradition will be celebrated in a Puebloan plaza through ancient songs and dances. Food, arts and crafts are also part of the celebration.
New Mexico is home to five of the “10 Best Native American Experiences” voted on by the readers of USA Today, and recently nabbed three spots (more than any other state) on the “9 Best Places to Experience Native American Culture” by the Vacation Times.
Native American Heritage Month is a tribute to the ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. New Mexico is home to 23 pueblos and nations and boasts more than thousands of years of Native culture.
See the “12 Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month” at NewMexico.org.