Pueblo Independence Day Jemez: August 10

August 3, 2014 by  
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Pueblo Independence Day at Jemez State Monument is free for all New Mexico residents and visitors to join the commemorations, including Native American dances, music, crafts and food.

The 11th annual Pueblo Independence Day on Sunday August 10, 2014 kicks off at 7 am with a 13-mile run from Jemez Pueblo to Gisewa Pueblo kiva at Jemez State Monument. Everyone is welcome to join in the run, or just wait at Jemez State Monument to welcome the runners in, thus honoring both the runners and their historic ancestors. 

The run is followed by guest speakers at 10 am, and then the celebrations continue with traditional Jemez Pueblo dances, flute music, and Native American arts and crafts and food.

Admission is free to Pueblo Independence Day events on August 10.

To visit Jemez State Monument at any other time, admission is $3, with free admission for kids aged 16 and under. A $5 combo ticket gives admission to both Jemez and Coronado State Monuments. New Mexico residents always get free admission on Sundays, and New Mexico seniors on Wednesdays too. Take your ID to get the free entry perks!

Jemez State Monument is 43 miles north of Bernalillo. Take exit 242 from I-25, west on 550 to San Ysidro, then right on State Highway 4, and drive for 18 miles.

–Tania


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Pueblo Independence Day Jemez: August 12

August 8, 2012 by  
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Pueblo Independence Day at Jemez State Monument is free for all New Mexico residents and visitors to join the commemorations, including Native American dances, music, crafts and food.

The 9th annual Pueblo Independence Day on Sunday August 12, 2012 kicks off at 7 am with a 13-mile run from Jemez Pueblo to Gisewa Pueblo kiva at Jemez State Monument. Everyone is welcome to join in the run, or just wait at Jemez State Monument to welcome the runners in, thus honoring both the runners and their historic ancestors. 

The run is followed by guest speakers at 10 am, and then the celebrations continue with traditional Jemez Pueblo dances, flute music, and Native American arts and crafts and food.

Admission is free to Pueblo Independence Day events on August 12.

To visit Jemez State Monument at any other time, admission is $3, with free admission for kids aged 16 and under. A $5 combo ticket gives admission to both Jemez and Coronado State Monuments. New Mexico residents always get free admission on Sundays, and New Mexico seniors on Wednesdays too. Take your ID to get the free entry perks!

Jemez State Monument is 43 miles north of Bernalillo. Take exit 242 from I-25, west on 550 to San Ysidro, then right on State Highway 4, and drive for 18 miles.

–Tania

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Native American Days and Powwow: August 3 and 4

August 2, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque Old Town’s celebration of Native American Culture for the Centennial takes place with two Native American Days this weekend.

Native American Days are on Friday August 3 and Saturday August 4, 2012, including a mini  Powwow. The events are free and open to everyone to gather and celebrate in Old Town Plaza. 

The ceremonies kick off on Friday August 3 at 3 pm with an opening blessing, followed by:

  • 4 pm: Gourd Dance
  • 5 pm: Jemez Pueblo singers and drummers
  • 6 pm: A Mini Powwow until 8 pm

On Saturday August 4 you can hear two award-winning performers at the Old Town Plaza Gazebo:

  • 2 pm: Shelly Morningsong, winner of awards including the New Mexico Music Award for Best Native Contemporary Music and the Native American Music Awards for Debut Artist of the Year.
  • 3:30 pm: Robert Mirabal from Taos Pueblo is a two-time Grammy Award winner and has twice won Native American Artist of the Year. Mirabal performs until 5 pm.

I caught the end of this Old Town event last year and it was terrific. This year’s looks like another great free celebration of Native American culture, with wonderful entertainment to boot!

–Tania

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Free Fridays at Santa Fe Museums

June 26, 2012 by  
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Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Planning a trip to Santa Fe? You might want to time it for a Friday and save up to $9 per person on museum admission fees. Plus, I love Friday evenings in the City Different, as they have all the great art gallery openings and artist events along Canyon Road, and the whole street has a festive atmosphere. And on Museum Hill, the views are always lovely and it’s a tiny bit cooler up there!

Through Labor Day, 2012, two museums on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill and two museums near the Downtown Santa Fe Plaza stay open late and offer free admission to everyone on Friday evenings from 5 – 8 pm .

The museums offering free admission on Friday evenings through Labor Day weekend are:

The regular admission at these museums is $9 per adult, or $6 for New Mexico Residents. Kids aged 16 and under always go free, and students with ID get $1 discount.

New Mexico residents also get free admission throughout the year at these museums on Sundays, and New Mexico seniors aged 60+ can go free on Wednesdays. Take your ID to prove you are who you say you are.

Note that it’s always free admission to the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, also on Museum Hill, but they do NOT open late on Fridays, and close daily at 5 pm.

Santa Fe’s Museum Hill is located on Camino Lejo, off the Old Santa Fe Trail. It’s well-signed from the center of town for drivers. If you’re visiting by the New Mexico Rail Runner or otherwise don’t have a car, the Santa Fe Trails M Line bus from Downtown costs $1 each way to Museum Hill, or $2 for day pass. Seniors (60+) pay half fare and the ride is free for ages 17 and under.

–Tania

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Native American Night Before Christmas: Free at KiMo

November 25, 2011 by  
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Santa Claus must deliver his fry bread! In case you missed the previous post about this free event at the KiMo Theatre on Sunday, here it is again! It sounds great if you have kids, or if you’re a kid at heart yourself, or if you just get all warm and fuzzy over Christmas stories, like I do. (Mr Cheap might disagree that I’m ever warm and fuzzy, so y’all don’t let on to him. It must stay our secret.)

Native American Night Before Christmas on Sunday November 27 at 2 pm at the KiMo Theatre is free to all, featuring the popular book of the same name by author Gary Robinson and the Cherokee artist/illustrator Jesse T. Hummingbird, plus a presentation of their brand new book:  Native American 12 Days of Christmas.

The event is a partnership with Bookworks and ABC Libraries, and the last I heard from Bookworks they weren’t sure if Gary Robinson could be there, but Jesse T. Hummingbird certainly will, possibly helped by his wife in presenting the two books. Of course, you can also buy the books and get them autographed in person – making it an extra special gift this holiday season!

Native American Night Before Christmas was the 2010 Silver Winner of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and it gives a humorous re-spin on the traditional tale… but from a different tradition, as it stars Old Red Shirt (aka Santa Claus) and his flying white buffalo, taking to the skies on Christmas Eve.

Native American Night Before Christmas

  • When: Sunday November 27, 2011
  • Time: 2 – 4 pm
  • Where: The KiMo Theatre
  • Price: Admission is free!

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Native Heritage Art Market on Thanksgiving Weekend

November 21, 2011 by  
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The first Native Heritage Art Market debuts this Thanksgiving weekend in Albuquerque, and what a debut!

The Native Heritage Art Market runs from November 25-27 at Hotel Albuquerque, and admission is free for all. In addition to work for sale from more than 15 different tribes, such as jewelry, pottery, carvings, paintings and sculpture, the event also includes artist demonstrations, and traditional music and cultural performances.

The Opening Reception at 5 pm on Friday November 25 look well worth a visit, as it pays tribute to Indian Arts and Crafts Association Artists of the Year over the last 30 years, many of whom will be present. Ceremonies start with an invocation by Haywood Big Day, Sundance Leader for the Crow Tribe, and the whole event is MC’d by the wonderful Harlan McKosato, host of Native America Calling. How cool is that?
I often listen to Native America Calling on KUNM, and I LOVE it!

Other highlights over the weekend include:

  • Turquoise Workshop at 10 am on November 26 by Joe P. Lowry, owner of the Turquoise Museum
  • Jerry Pardilla, Penobscot singer & flute player, at 12 noon on November 26
  • Plus talks/demonstrations on Navajo silver jewelry and sandpainting, Laguna Pueblo pottery, Zuni Pueblo weaving, Taos Pueblo pottery, Santo Domingo Pueblo Heishi-making, Hopi basket weaving, and more…

See the full Native Heritage Art Market schedule for details on what’s happening when. I’m not sure how you’re supposed to pick your fave time to go, though. It all looks pretty great to me. And to get us in the festive spirit, they’ll have a tree with Native-made holiday ornaments.

As the event is organized by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association we can be confident that the arts for sale are all certified as genuine work from American Indian artists.

Native Heritage Art Market takes place:

  • When: November 25-27, 2011
  • Times:
    Friday November 25 from 3 – 7 pm, with the opening reception at 5 pm
    Saturday November 26 from 10 am – 5 pm
    Sunday November 27 from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Where: Hotel Albuquerque
  • Price: Admission is free!

I can’t be responsible for how much you spend on holiday shopping, though!

Hotel Albuquerque is located just north of Old Town at 800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW.

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Native American Night Before Christmas: Free at KiMo

November 17, 2011 by  
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Santa Claus must deliver his fry bread! This free event at the KiMo Theatre on Thanksgiving weekend is definitely worth marking on the calendar if you have kids, or if you’re a kid at heart yourself, or if you just get all warm and fuzzy over Christmas stories, like I do. (Mr Cheap might disagree that I’m ever warm and fuzzy, so y’all don’t let on to him. It must stay our secret.)

Native American Night Before Christmas on Sunday November 27 at 2 pm at the KiMo Theatre is free to all, featuring the popular book of the same name by author Gary Robinson and the Cherokee artist/illustrator Jesse T. Hummingbird, plus a presentation of their brand new book:  Native American 12 Days of Christmas.

The event is a partnership with Bookworks and ABC Libraries, and the last I heard from Bookworks they weren’t sure if Gary Robinson could be there, but Jesse T. Hummingbird certainly will, possibly helped by his wife in presenting the two books. Of course, you can also buy the books and get them autographed in person – making it an extra special gift this holiday season!

Native American Night Before Christmas was the 2010 Silver Winner of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and it gives a humorous re-spin on the traditional tale… but from a different tradition, as it stars Old Red Shirt (aka Santa Claus) and his flying white buffalo, taking to the skies on Christmas Eve.

Native American Night Before Christmas 

  • When: Sunday November 27, 2011
  • Time: 2 – 4 pm
  • Where: The KiMo Theatre
  • Price: Admission is free!

The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Avenue NW.

–Tania

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Native American Day and Powwow: August 13

August 11, 2011 by  
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Native American Day is Albuquerque’s Old Town celebration of Native American Culture, and it takes place this Saturday August 13, 2011.

According to a City of Albuquerque press release, Native American Day ceremonies start at 12 noon, and include an Intertribal Powwow. The day is free and open to everyone to gather and celebrate in Old Town.  At time of writing there’s no web link for the event, but here’s the schedule for August 13 we’ve received:

  • 12 Noon : Dancers from the the United Native Council perform the first of two Gourd Dances. Southern Drum is from 12 – 1 pm, Northern Drum is from 1 – 2 pm.
  • 2 pm : Jemez Pueblo singers and drummers with traditional songs for one hour, then there will be services at San Felipe de Neri Church
  • 6:30 pm : Intertribal Powwow and dances until 8:30 pm

Our information doesn’t specify the location in Old Town but I think it’s pretty obvious to head to the Plaza!  We’ll fill in more details if we can, or if you’re an Old Town business and you’re doing anything special for Native American Day, please let us know in the comments box below or email us and we’ll update!

I so want to go to this great free celebration of Native American culture, but I’m in a business meeting Downtown in the afternoon (no rest for the wicked), so I’ll have to squirrel around and see if I can make it later.

If you like this event, you might also be interested in Pueblo Independence Day at Jemez State Monument on Sunday August 14.

–Tania

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Free Fridays at Santa Fe Museums

August 9, 2011 by  
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If you’re planning a trip up to Santa Fe, you might want to time it for a Friday and save up to $9 per person on museum admission fees. Plus, I love Friday evenings in the City Different, as they have all the great art gallery openings and artist events along Canyon Road, and the whole street has a festive atmosphere.

Through Labor Day, 2011, two museums on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill and two museums near the Downtown Santa Fe Plaza stay open late and offer free admission to everyone on Friday evenings from 5 – 8 pm .

The museums are:

The regular admission at these museums is $9 per adult, or $6 for New Mexico Residents. Kids aged 16 and under always go free, and students with ID get $1 discount.

New Mexico residents also get free admission throughout the year at these museums on Sundays, and New Mexico seniors aged 60+ can go free on Wednesdays. Take your ID to prove you are who you say you are.

Santa Fe’s Museum Hill is located on Camino Lejo, off the Old Santa Fe Trail. It’s well-signed from the center of town for drivers. If you’re visiting by the New Mexico Rail Runner or otherwise don’t have a car, the Santa Fe Trails M Line bus from Downtown costs $1 each way to Museum Hill, or $2 for day pass. Seniors (60+) pay half fare and the ride is free for ages 18 and under.

–Tania

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Pueblo Independence Day Jemez: August 14

August 8, 2011 by  
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Pueblo Independence Day at Jemez State Monument is free for all New Mexico residents to join the commemorations, including Native American dances, music, crafts and food.

The 8th annual Pueblo Independence Day on Sunday August 14 2011 kicks off at 7 am with a 13-mile run from Jemez Pueblo to Gisewa Pueblo kiva at Jemez State Monument. Everyone is welcome to join in the run, or just wait at Jemez State Monument to welcome the runners in, thus honoring both the runners and their historic ancestors. 

The run is followed by guest speakers at 10 am, and from 10:30 am the celebrations continue with traditional Jemez Pueblo dances, flute music, and Native American arts and crafts and food.

Admission is free to Pueblo Independence Day events.

To visit Jemez State Monument at any other time, admission is $3, with free admission for kids aged 16 and under. A $5 combo ticket gives admission to both Jemez and Coronado State Monuments. New Mexico residents always get free admission on Sundays, and New Mexico seniors on Wednesdays too. Take your ID!

Jemez State Monument is 43 miles north of Bernalillo. Take exit 242 from I-25, west on 550 to San Ysidro, then right on State Highway 4, and drive for 18 miles.

–Tania

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