counter narrative indian pueblo cultural center

Our quarterly lecture series offers an Indigenous perspective on a variety of topics from history and culture to current events and subjects of debate. It is a safe space for respectful dialogue among Pueblo partners, Native leaders, and members of other communities.

Free and open to the public.


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Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 5:30 PM -7 PM


Sowing the Sacred: Cultivation, Appreciation, and Appropriation

June 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Sowing the Sacred: Cultivation, Appreciation, and Appropriation Counter Narrative at the Indian Pueblo Cultural CenterIn this session of our quarterly Counter-Narrative lecture series, we will focus on the science of traditional Pueblo farming techniques, the history of seed collecting and exchange, and examine today’s questions around the legal ownership and stewardship of Native and heirloom seeds.

$10 suggested donation.

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The Counter-Narrative — Sowing the Sacred: Cultivation, Appreciation, and Appropriation

The following Panelists will be involved in the discussion:

Aaron Lowden, Acoma Pueblo, Program Coordinator at Southwest Conservation Corps

Aaron joined Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) in May 2012 as a Crew Leader under Ancestral Lands heading a youth hiking program called the Acoma Hiking Club for its second year. Prior to becoming a SCC Staff member, he worked for the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and National Park Service- Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance (NPS-RTCA) Program coordinating a trail feasibility study with for the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. While under SCA/NPS-RTCA, Aaron worked the Zuni Mountain Trails Partnership to help facilitate a trail project with the US Forest Service as well as initiate, coordinate, and lead the first pilot groups of the Acoma Hiking Club. He also worked for the Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum as Tourism and Hospitality Coordinator for two years. Aaron was born and raised in the historic and culturally rich Pueblo of Acoma and studies at New Mexico State University. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, mountain biking, and participating in his Acoma cultural traditions.


Reyna Banteah, Zuni Pueblo, Ts’uyya Farm

Reyna Banteah is from the Pueblo of Zuni in New Mexico. She started her journey in agriculture through a farmer-training program called Grow the Growers in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Last year she started her own farm/business called Ts’uyya Farm, which means hummingbird in the Zuni language. Ts’uyya Farm finds opportunities to connect others with knowledge of farming, seed saving, cooking and processing of foods, especially engaging youth and emerging young farmers. Ts’uyya Farm grows landrace crops, such as beans, corn, squash, chile, amaranth, and gourds, and is a resource for local seeds. Reyna is focusing on using sustainable farming methods, saving native seeds adapted to the Southwest, and providing the local community with healthy food. Her goal is to help create thriving, self-sustaining agricultural communities both in Albuquerque and among our Native Communities with more young entrepreneurs/farmers.





Jeanette Hart-Mann, Director, Land Arts of the American West, Farmer/Artist and SeedBroadcaster, Assistant Professor of Art and Ecology and UNM

Jeanette Hart-Mann is a transdisciplinary artist/farmer whose work interrogates the boundaries between culture and biologic systems. Her artistic practice is centered in a desire to counter oppressive power structures through examining and cultivating transpecies relationships and ecologic processes as acts of resistance to germinate resiliency. Her methodologies are interdisciplinary, spanning across video, sculpture, photography, installation, experimental media, print, performance, farming, writing, and activism. Jeanette is a founder of the SeedBroadcast Collective and the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station.

Her current projects include Seed: Climate Change Resilience

Albuquerque Museum, running from June 22 – September 22, 2019

Jeanette is also the Director of Land Arts of the American West, Assistant Professor of Art & Ecology in the Department of Art at the University of New Mexico, and Collective Operative of Fodder Project Collaborative Research Farm in Anton Chico, New Mexico.


Marian Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo, Honor Our Pueblo Existence

Marian Naranjo is a member of Kha’p’o Owingeh (Santa Clara Pueblo). She attended the University of New Mexico for four years, studying the field of nursing, then went on to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory in dosimetry. Marian was married for 13 years, then raised four children as a single parent. She is a lifetime traditional potter, plus founder and director of a nonprofit organization called Honor Our Pueblo Existence (HOPE), located at Santa Clara Pueblo.

HOPE’s mission: “We embrace the Pueblo teachings of love, respect, and care, working together improving the lifeways of our people in order to provide an enhanced and sustainable environment for generations to come.” The organization consists of SCP tribal board members, and works on environmental/health issues of concern in and around the Tewa world, and also cultural reclamation/revitalization projects at the Pueblo of Santa Clara.

Marian is a grandmother of eight grandchildren, and resides at Santa Clara.


Resource Guide Forthcoming

March, 2019:
Manifest Larceny: Land Disputes from Plymouth Rock to Standing Rock

Zia Symbol: Iconography and Appropriation

June 20, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

In this session of our quarterly Counter Narrative lecture series, we will focus on the iconography of the Zia symbol, how it was appropriated by the state of New Mexico, and why there is debate about some tribal members’ concern of its widespread use. Having become a ubiquitous icon of place and identity for New Mexicans, the beloved symbol’s use is examined. Suggested $10 donation for attendees.


Zia Symbol: Iconography and Appropriation

Counter Narrative Zia Symbol

This quarter’s topic, “Zia: Iconography and Appropriation,” has been developed with guidance from, and in collaboration with, the Pueblo of Zia to assure an accurate telling of this story, and the current situation surrounding the widespread and often unauthorized use of the Pueblo’s sacred symbol.

We encourage everyone to learn more about the Zia sun symbol and the other Pueblos that call New Mexico home. Join us at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on June 20 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for The Counter Narrative - Zia: Iconography and Appropriation.

The Pueblo of Zia and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will continue to work together and collaborate on this and future projects, so that the story of our state's most iconic symbol is told accurately and respectfully. We have also compiled a resource guide that accompanies this presentation, which can be downloaded below.

The following Panelists will be involved in the discussion:


Senator Michael Padilla is a member of the New Mexico State Senate, representing District 14 since January 2013. Senator Padilla was elected to leadership in his second year in office, as the Senate Majority Whip, and serves on nine legislative committees, including as the chairman of the science, technology, and telecommunications committee.

Padilla grew up in Los Padillas, a rural farming community that his family helped settle over 150 years ago and is located inside of the district he represents. Padilla has always been involved in the Democratic Party of New Mexico, serving as a precinct chairman, ward chairman, county central member and state central committee member. He has also served on numerous boards and commissions prior to becoming a senator, including Youth Development Incorporated, Special Olympics New Mexico, Junior Achievement of New Mexico, Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico, New Mexico Workforce Development, and several others.

Padilla has successfully passed multiple pieces of legislation to improve job creation and economic development, access to high speed broadband Internet, child food security, child protective services, and education reform and funding.

Rob-MartinezRob Martinez is Deputy State Historian and a native New Mexican born and raised in Albuquerque. A graduate of the University of New Mexico with a B.B.A. in International Business Management, Rob then went on to pursue his interest in New Mexican culture and history at U.N.M., earning an M.A. in Latin American history, with an emphasis on church, cultural, and social practices of the Spanish Colonial period in New Mexico. During his tenure as a graduate student, he was a research assistant for four years at the Vargas Project, learning research skills and paleography, abilities that would serve him well as a historian.

Upon graduating, Rob pursued a teaching license and also worked for fourteen years as a research historian for the Sephardic Legacy Project, scouring civil and church archives in New Mexico, Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, analyzing documents for a research and publishing project about the Crypto-Jewish phenomenon in New Mexico and the Caribbean. Rob has presented papers and lectures on his research at the University of New Mexico, as well as history conferences throughout the southwestern United States. He has also spoken to historical groups in New Mexico such as the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Historical Society, and the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies about research methodology, unique findings, New Mexico Hispanic culture, and general History of New Mexico.

Rob was a teacher at Rio Rancho High School for ten years, educating young New Mexicans about World History, New Mexico History, and Language Arts.

Gov-Peter-PinoPeter M. Pino is a former governor of the Pueblo of Zia. Peter has been a Tribal Council member since 1967 and since 1977, has served as the tribal administrator and treasurer.

Mr. Pino is a traditional spiritual leader, holding a lifetime appointment as one of the tribe's Keeper of Songs. He is also a traditional craftsman who tans deer hides and makes moccasins, bows, arrows, digging sticks, rabbit sticks, and bone tools, using the same techniques employed by his Puebloan ancestors. His archaeological and outdoor interests have led him to committee and board commitments with Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and Mesa Verde National Park, and he is the first Native American to serve as a Commissioner for the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission; his term ended in January 2007.

Mr. Pino holds an M.B.A from the University of New Mexico in Business Administration; a B.A in Industrial Education, and an A.S in Electronics from New Mexico Highlands University.

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CLICK HERE to Download the Zia Symbol Resource Guide

March 2018 - Genes R’ Us: DNA, Identity, and Genealogy in the Southwest

In this session of our quarterly Counter-Narrative lecture series, we focused on Native American DNA and genealogy issues in the Southwest. Questions surrounding the personal discoveries of people’s Native ancestry through DNA tests and genealogy websites were examined in regard to identity, culture, and heritage.



Genes R’ Us: DNA, Identity, and Genealogy in the Southwest

Counter Narrative GenesThe Indian Pueblo Cultural Center does not conduct genealogical research, or have a genealogy specialist on staff. With the assistance of several professional genealogists, IPCC’s Library & Archives, and museum staff, we have compiled a resource guide that accompanies this presentation.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center was brought into this conversation by an advertisement that utilized a handful of “Indian Pueblo” artifacts and featured a New Mexico actress, Kim Trujillo, who discovered through her DNA test that she was surprisingly 26% Native American. (*After recently revisiting the advertisement we found that the ad was modified from its original version.) LINK>>

Countless organizations across the country have since felt the effects of this recent craze. IPCC has taken this opportunity to continue this discussion in hopes of promoting dialogue, respect, and understanding in the communities that we live amongst and share histories with.

The following Panelists will be involved in the discussion:

Miguel-A.-TórrezMiguel A. Tórrez, is a Research Technologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory working in Material Science.

He earned his BS in Environmental Science from Northern New Mexico College. Tórrez also serves as the administrator of the New Mexico Genealogical Society’s (NMGS DNA Project) DNA project.

Moises-GonzalesMoises Gonzales, is a Genízaro Professor of Architecture at the University of New Mexico.

Moises Gonzales is an Associate Professor of Urban Design in Community and Regional Planning at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico. He is a genízaro heir of both the Cañón de Carnué Land Grant and the San Antonio de Las Huertas land grant. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Carnué Land Grant and has written various academic articles on the history and culture of genízaro settlements of New Mexico. He is a danzante of the Matachin and Comanche traditions of the Sandia mountain communities. With Dr. Enrique LaMadrid, Moises is co-editor of the forthcoming book, Genízaro Nation: Ethnogenesis, Place, and Identity in New Mexico (to be released by UNM Press in 2018).

Gregorio Gonzales, Ph.D

Gregorio Gonzales, Ph.D, is Genízaro and a 2017-2018 University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Gregorio’s research explores the intersections of race, ethnicity, and Indigeneity within the U.S. Southwest Borderlands–particularly focusing his work on: the politics and conditions of Indigeneity; cultural representation and Indigenous identity; critical Latinx Indigeneities and Indigenous transnationalism along the U.S.-Mexico border; and, sovereignty, recognition and the settler state.

Earning his Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin in May 2017, Gregorio focused his doctoral work at the intersections of Latinx Studies and Native/Indigenous Studies, where he successfully completed Graduate Portfolios in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies and Native American and Indigenous Studies. He also earned his M.A. in Latin American Studies (with Distinction) from The University of New Mexico in 2012, and graduated from New Mexico State University with a B.A. in Government (with Honors) in 2010.

Native American Genealogy Research Guide

Counter Narrative Genes Research GuideDOWNLOAD THE RESEARCH GUIDE.

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