English Pronunciation: "Lah-goon-ah "
Traditional Name: Ka'waika
I-40, 43 Miles West of Albuquerque, exit# 114 Laguna onto Rt. 66
(NM-124 W) - go 1.3 mi, Make a U-Turn at Laguna Tribal Rd. onto Rt. 66 (NM-124 E) - go 0.1 mi | 505-552-6654 | www.lagunaPueblo.org
Learn more about the distinctive art forms of Laguna Pueblo at Shumakolowa Native Arts.
It is the largest Keresan speaking Pueblo, with around eight thousand members. They prize thinking above all human attributes, consequently they value intellectual activity and education. A scholarship program is conducted by the Pueblo, thus insuring advanced study for many of the young people, making them among the best educated of all Pueblos.
Laguna Pueblo comprises six major villages, Laguna, Paguate, Encinal, Mesita, Seama, Paraje, scattered over many acres with the political center at Laguna.
Livestock grazing was a traditional occupation, but because one of the world’s richest uranium fields is located on the reservation, many men became miners. As an off-shoot of this activity, a large number of men learned mechanical skills and found employment outside the Pueblo.
The feast of St. Joseph, celebrated on March 19th and on September 19th ,brings crowds of people of other tribes as well as Anglos and Hispanics – many of whom come for trading in handiwork and crops, but also for a spirited carnival and a number of sporting events. The most important of these is baseball. Laguna Pueblo has five semi-pro baseball teams which play against Isleta, Cochiti and various other teams in the area. The All-Indian Tournament held at Laguna in September is one of the major events of any season.
Other festivals are held in June, July, August and September.
Visitors to the Laguna community also enjoy Casa Blanca Commerical Center. A Shopping center just off I-40, which has a large super-market and a number of shops where the handicrafts of the Pueblo may be purchased.
The 19 Pueblos of New Mexico are renowned for their unique and historic art forms, from the striking polychrome pottery of Acoma Pueblo to the mosaic inlay jewelry of Santo Domingo Pueblo. Learn more about the distinctive art forms and renowned artists from each Pueblo at Shumakolowa Native Arts.