April 10, 2017
We’re just a couple weeks away from our 38th Annual American Indian Week, and we couldn’t be more excited for the festivities ahead! There’s going to be something for everyone here April 24-30, including Native dances, art workshops, jewelry vendors, and New Native American Cuisine.
First up is a full schedule of over 30 Native dances in the mural-lined courtyard by Pueblo, Hopi, and Apache dance groups. Nothing compares to experiencing these traditions in person—you may even find yourself invited to join in yourself.
Meanwhile, art lovers can shop directly from Native vendors offering their authentic handmade jewelry, pottery, and art for sale in booths lining the courtyard. You can go beyond shopping, too: hear from a different Native expert each afternoon at 1pm in art workshops at our on-site boutique, Shumakolowa Native Arts. Topics will include Zuni fetishes, Navajo rug-making, Hopi symbolism, and the all-important question of how to distinguish authentic work from imitations.
As a bonus, this year’s AIW takes place just a week after the grand opening of the IPCC’s two new temporary exhibits! You can tour not only our permanent exhibits “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story,” but our newly-renovated South Gallery, home to the shows “Long Ago” and “Pueblo People & Our Modern Environment.” Don’t forget to see painted Marla Allison’s solo show “Consumed by Design” in the South Rotunda’s Artist Circle Gallery, too.
Complete your immersion in Pueblo culture by enjoying the delicious flavors of New Native American Cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Pueblo Harvest Cafe. Our year-round specialties like Blue Corn Fried Chicken and the award-winning Tewa Taco on frybread are complemented by limited-time dishes from our seasonal spring menu. Appetizers like Fried Kool-Aid Pickles make a perfect snack, while for dinner you can enjoy delicacies like Bison Carpaccio and the Three Sisters Ratatouille in Cast Iron. On Wednesday evening you can even reserve a space in a unique Bow & Arrow Pairing Dinner & Museum Experience, in which our Museum Director will provide an exclusive tour of the exhibit while guests 21+ enjoy a five-course prix-fixe menu.
So whether you love the liveliness of music and dance out under the New Mexico sun, quiet moments exploring our galleries, the excitement of talking with Native artists about their work, or the sheer pleasure of tasting new dishes, there We look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far for this special week-long celebration of Pueblo and Native cultures!
38th Annual American Indian Week (AIW)
Monday, April 24, through Sunday, April 30
9am to 5pm daily