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Poeh Cultural Center: On the Path

Just a ten minute drive north of Santa Fe, the Poeh Center stands as a beacon to travelers and locals alike. It houses the Pueblo's government and displays the Pueblo's rich artistic and cultural heritage along with that of other Tewa-speaking Pueblos. It remains committed preserving and continuing the Pueblo's culture and traditions.

From their website:

Like all Tewa Pueblos of northern New Mexico, the Pueblo of Pojoaque or it’s traditional Po’su wae geh name, which translates to “water gathering place”, was systematically stripped of its culture, and traditions by European contact in the 16th century. The Pueblo of Pojoaque is revitalizing and sustaining their cultural traditions in part through the efforts of the Poeh. In 1988, the Pueblo of Pojoaque established the Poeh Cultural Center as the first permanent tribally owned and operated mechanism for cultural preservation and revitalization within the Pueblo communities of the northern Rio Grande Valley. The Poeh has since become a resource for Pueblo people to learn the arts and culture of their ancestors. The facility itself resembles a traditional Pueblo village with its adjacent art studio buildings and outdoor gathering areas. The Center emphasizes arts and cultures of all Pueblo People with focus on the Tewa-speaking Pueblos of Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara, Tesuque and Nambe.

August 19, 20, and 21, during Indian Market week, explore Native American art at the Pathways Indigenous Arts Festival at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. Explore over 400 vendors.

“We are excited about the festival because it’s an all inclusive event that’s planned by Indigenous people, run by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people,” said Karl Duncan, Executive Director of the Poeh Cultural Center. “We’re committed to providing new opportunities for Indigenous creative entrepreneurs as they envision and advance an Indigenous future.”

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