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
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.
aguna 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.
In the 1970's, the traditional craft of pottery making was re-established. Fine work in red, yellow and orange geometric designs, similar to Acoma work, was created by a number of artists. Painters and jewelry makers have begun to work again in the ancient crafts, but they are bringing a modern note in the innovative designs and techniques which set their work apart from many other Indian craftsmen.
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.