Hello and Welcome!
Since 1976, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has had the great honor to tell the story of New Mexico’s 19 Pueblos and be an institution of learning, culture, arts and entertainment. In fact, we don’t just tell the story of the 19 Pueblos. We’re jointly owned and operated by them, which means we’re owned and operated by 19 sovereign nations. I can tell you there is truly nothing else like us in the world, both in how we operate and what we offer visitors.
Visiting the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is an extraordinary experience and you’ll get an idea of that in the pages and images you find on our website. From the outside it may be easy to view us as just another history museum, but we are so much more than that. We have a vibrant campus that does include a fantastic museum, not to mention a new permanent exhibit opening in April 2016, but did you also know we have a Community Teaching Garden where we’re working to preserve traditional Pueblo seeds and farming techniques? Did you know our staff at Shumakolowa Native Arts have a combined sixty years of experience in Native American arts? Did you know that students, from kindergarten to university level, come here daily to engage with art firsthand and learn the history that isn’t taught in school history books? Did you know that we’re inspired by the Pueblo core value of hospitality and bring this tradition to dining at Pueblo Harvest Cafe? No matter whether you’re visiting from Iowa or Japan, whether you come for dance, art or food, you will have an unforgettable experience that inspires you and opens up your understanding of Pueblo culture.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center was envisioned as a gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, and our sincere hope is that a visit to our center will inspire you to visit one of our Pueblo communities. These are 19 living communities, each distinct yet sharing common beliefs and core values, and it is a privilege to tell their story here in the heart of Albuquerque.
I invite you to dive into our website’s calendar of events, learn about the benefits of our membership program, read about Pueblo languages, see pictures of the Pueblo dance groups that share their traditions here, or discover our many programs for children, families and adults. We do all of this for our 19 Pueblo communities, and I ask you to support our mission to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture by visiting the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and experiencing our traditions firsthand.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you soon,
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center President