Season of the Buffalo

October 17, 2016

Autumn months have historically meant two things for Pueblo people living off the land’s bounty in New Mexico: harvest and hunting. For centuries, cooler weather brought herds of bison to the southernmost edges of the Great Plains, where Pueblo hunting parties traveled to meet them each year. This legacy lives on in Pueblo communities’ stories, artwork, and Buffalo Dances.


Take this mural by Dennis M. Silva of Santa Clara Pueblo, which graces a wall here at the IPCC. On the left, summertime is conveyed by a Corn Dance, a physical prayer for rain and bountiful growth. On the right, a Winter Buffalo Dance honors the buffalo as a sustaining source of food in colder months. Pueblo communities continue to honor nature and bring harmony and blessing with these and other dances as seasons change across northern New Mexico each year. The IPCC is also able to host Buffalo Dances thanks to Pueblo dancers who share their gift with us through our Native dance program. This photo shows the Cellicion Traditional Dancers of Zuni Pueblo in our own courtyard.

In addition to inflecting Pueblo art and dance, the season of the buffalo is celebrated at the Pueblo Harvest Cafe (PHC), the IPCC’s onsite restaurant. For years the PHC culinary team has crafted unique Native fusion cuisine that incorporates traditional Pueblo andcellicion-traditional-dancers-of-zuni-pueblo Southwestern ingredients into contemporary culinary trends from around the globe. In just a few weeks they’ll unveil their new fall menu with dishes featuring autumnal crops like squash and pumpkin as well as lean bison meat. At lunch, for instance, the Rio Pueblo Buffalo Arepa combines Marinated Skirt Steak with Blue Corn Maize for a singular sandwich; come dinnertime Hearty Buffalo Stew will warm diners chilled by New Mexico’s frosty winter weather.

“We’re constantly experimenting with new ingredients and textures to surprise our customers’ palates and keep pace with international dining trends,” says Food and Beverage Director Boris Revilla. “At the same time, we never lose sight of our core mission, to honor Pueblo culture and cuisine.”

In addition to creating seasonal menus that follow the region’s age-old cycles of agriculture and game, PHC continues to offer customer favorites year-round, including the award-winning Tewa Taco and the official New Mexico True Pueblo Feast with its posole, breads, and Pueblo pie. Join us for authentic fall flavors and a dose of Pueblo hospitality at the Pueblo Harvest Cafe for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Pueblo Harvest Cafe
2401 12th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


Visitors to the Pueblo Harvest Cafe can enjoy lean bison meat in contemporary dishes like this Rio Pueblo Buffalo Arepa.

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