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Native American Tribes Index Page. Acoma Cochiti Hopi Isleta Jemez Jicarilla Apache Laguna Mescalero Apache Nambe Navajo Picuris Pojoaque. Sandia San Felipe San Ildefonso San Juan Santa Ana Santa Clara Santo Domingo Taos Ute Tesuque Zia Zuni. next.

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Native American Tribes Index Page

Acoma

Cochiti

Hopi

Isleta

Jemez

Jicarilla Apache

Laguna

Mescalero Apache

Nambe

Navajo

Picuris

Pojoaque

Sandia

San Felipe

San Ildefonso

San Juan

Santa Ana

Santa Clara

Santo Domingo

Taos

Ute

Tesuque

Zia

Zuni

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Acoma

Acoma Pueblo is known as “Sky City”. The Pueblo sits on top of a 357 foot mesa. Orginally built as a strategic defense raiders, Acoma is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States. Less than 50 Acomans live on the mesa, the remaining living in nearby villages. “Sky City is located 60 miles west of Albuquerque off 1-40.

Cochiti

The first Storyteller figurine now known as the Kachina doll, was created by the late Cochiti native Helen Cordero in 1964. The ancient Keresan pueblo stands a church dating back to 1628. Located 45 miles north of Albuquerque west of 1-25.

Hopi

The major Hopi villages are located at the top of three mesas in Northeastern Arizona. Each village practices its own style of government. All Hopi villages gave gifted artisans. The First Mesa speicalize in polychrome pottery. The Second Mesa people are known for their silver overlay jewlery and coiled basketry. The Third Mesa people produce works of twill and basketry.

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Isleta

One of the largest Southwest pueblos, many Isletans live this village of small adobe houses. The area is surrounded by two larger plazas reserved for social as well as ceremonial events. Inside the larger of the two plaza stands St. Augustine Catholic Church, built in 1612. Located approxiamately 15 south of Albuquerque off of 1-25.

Jemez

The Jemez Pueblo is well-known as the last Towa-speaking pueblo. Jemez’s main village, Walatowa is located the scenic valley of the Jemez Mountains and Jemez River. The pueblo is 30 miles northwest of Bernalillo.

Jicarilla Apache

Flung across and under several enfolding limestone-streaked mesas, Dulce, the tribal capital, has the feast day Go-Jii-Ya and Stone Lake Fiesta in mid-September and July’s Little Beaver Roundup. Located 35 miles west of Chama on U.S. 64 in Dulce, N.M.

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Laguna

Laguna Pueblo is the largest Keresan Pueblo with a population of nearly 4,000. The area surrounding the villages has been occupied by Archaic Indians as far back as 3000 B.C., and as at Acoma, seems to have been a boundry between the Ancestral Pueblo to the north and Mogollon cultures to the South.

Mescalaro Apache

Perhaps most known for its Inn of the Mountain Gods. The upscale resort boasts golf, fishing, tennis and horseback riding. The Apache Maidens’ Puberty Rites takes place in the summer. Located northeast of Alamogordo off U.S. 70.

Nambe

The July 4th Nambe Falls Ceremonial which includes dances and an arts and crafts fair. On October 4th the pueblo honors St. Francis of Assisi. The pueblo is 22 miles northeast of Santa Fe off N.M. 503 in the stunning foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

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Navajo

The Navajo nation with it’s more than 200,000 members is the largest U.S. Indian tribe. The majority live in Arizona and New Mexico while small clusters reside in Southern Utah. Yei Bei (Night Chant or Squaw Dance) dances are held in early October. Navajo blankets and rugs have worldwide reputation, as does Navajo silverwork.

Picuris

Once the largest, today is on the smallest Tiwa Pueblos, with fewer than 300 inhabitants. It was influenced by Plains Indian cultures, most especially the Apaches. San Lorenzo Feast Day happens August 10th and the High Country Tri-Cultural Arts and Crafts Fair is held in July. Picuris is near Penasco on N.M. 75, about 65 miles north of Santa Fe.

Pojoaque

Almost destroyed by war and disease, survivors returned and reclaimed their land in the 1930’s. The pueblo has 200 members and is located about 16 miles north of Santa Fe off U.S. 84/285.

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Sandia

Sandia originally named Nafiat was abandoned after the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. Sandia derived its modern name from the Spanish word for watermelon when Coronado first came to New Mexico in 1540. Next to the present day church are ruins of the old pueblo. Located on the outskirts of the larger metropolitan area of Albuqueruque.

San Felipe

Known for their beautiful ceremonial dances. San Felipe Pueblo are the most conservative of the Keresan villages. The pueblo is extremely protective of its traditions. May 1st is Green Corn Dance. The pueblo offers lovely beadwork and heishi art at San Felipe’s Arts & Crafts Show in July. San Felipe’s native language is Keresan. Located at the foot of the Black Mesa.

San Ildefonso

San Ildefonso is renowned the world over for its fine black pottery with black matte designs initally made world famous by the late Maria and Julian Martinez. January 23rd marks is the annual feast day where the Animal Dance is danced at dawn. Located about 22 miles northwest of Santa Fe off N.M. 502.

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San Juan

Mostly focusing on it’s redware pottery, weaving and painting, this Tewa village hosts the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council. Also, it is home to the Oke-Oweenage Crafts Cooperative, which exhibits art of eight northern pueblos. Located five miles north of Espanola off N.M. 68.

Santa Ana

Old Santa Ana Pueblo a Keresan village is open infrequently on feast day. Open all year round is the new village of Santa Ana. Santa Ana boasts a 27-hole golf course. Located about eight miles northwest of Bernalillo on N.M. 44.

Santa Clara

This Tewa pueblo is noted for its pottery. However, Santa Clara Canyon is the major attraction. Noted for its pottery, redware, carved blackware, melon bowls and polycrome. The pueblo is also known for its Top House, a ruined mesa-top village that is the Santa Clara ancestral home. Located two miles south of Espanola on N.M. 30.

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Santo Domingo

This village has a distinguished history of making fine jewelery and heishi. Each Labor Day is the Santo Domingo Arts and Crafts Market. The internationally known ceremonial dance on August 4th honors the pueblo’s patron saint, St. Dominic. 2000 Native American participants dance in the dramatic Corn Dance. Located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe on 1-25.

Taos

Undoubtedly the one of the most popular pueblos. The adobe multitiered homes have captivated painters and photographers since the 1920’s. The Taos pueblo was designated a World Heritage Site and a national historic site in 1992. For the sake of tradition, members of the old pueblo do not use electricity or indoor pueblo. However, residents enjoy many modern conveniences outside of pueblos walls. Located three miles north of Taos.

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Ute

On two separate reservations in southwestern Colorado live the Southern Ute and the Ute Mountain Ute. Known for their delicate beadwork and leather artistry are the Southern Utes. In May the social Bear Dance is celebrated. Several hundred archaelogical sites, part the Mesa Verde are open to the public guided by the Mountain Ute Tribal Park officers.

Tesuque

Boasting a proud and rich heritage the pueblo has been continualy occupied for more than 700 years. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Upon entering the pueblo lies Camel Rock, a distinct sandstone formation that the wind has eroded into the shape of a camel. Located 10 miles north of Santa Fe off U.S. 84-285.

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Zia

The ancient sun symbol, the Zia, sports multiple stylized rays radiating in each of the traditional four directions from a central sun. Embazoned on the New Mexico state flag is the Zia symbol. The Zia pueblo is noted for their goemetric designs used on pottery and plant and animal motifs used on white backgrounds. Behind the pueblo lies the Nacimiento Mountains, accessible via Indian routes 78 and 79.

Zuni

The first native settlement visited by Spanish explorers, thought it was one of the legendary “Seven Golden Cities of Cibola”. Today, Zuni’s treasures are their beautiful turquoise and silver jewelery. Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission lies in the heart of the old village. Zuni Pueblo is 34 miles south of Gallup off N.M. 53.

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