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Native American Pueblo Dances, Feast Days, Festivals and Special Events in New Mexico

New Mexico’s 19 pueblos and wide swathes of tribal lands offer visitors an unrivaled glimpse into Native American culture, both historical and contemporary. Very often, access to these pueblos comes in the form of feast days, dance ceremonies, festivals and other special events.

(Learn more about pueblo dances and feast days.)

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Pueblo feast days usually take place on the same date every year, while other special events take place during specific weekends throughout the year. Please note that event dates can change and or close to the public with little or no notice because many dances and events are scheduled based on the decisions of pueblo leaders, and scheduling can be inconsistent from year to year. “It’s up to the tribal war chiefs to decide what dances are going to be held and when,” according to one pueblo visitor center representative.

When planning to attend a pueblo event, contact the visitor center or pueblo office beforehand. Find a complete list of pueblo telephone numbers and websites below.

The following list is compiled from SantaFe.com sources, NewMexico.org and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center website. If you notice anything missing, or have additional information, please contact editor@santafe.com.
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January

Turtle Dance – Taos Pueblo

Transfer of Canes to new officials and various dances – Picuris Pueblo

Pueblo Corn Dances – Cochiti Pueblo

6

King’s Day Celebration in honor of new tribal officers: Antelope, Buffalo, Deer dances – Most pueblos

Evening Firelight Dances (Occasional) – San Ildefonso Pueblo

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San Ildefonso Feast Day (Buffalo, Deer and Comanche dances)– San Ildefonso Pueblo

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St. Paul Feast Day – Picuris Pueblo

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February

Candelaria Feast Day – Picuris Pueblo, San Felipe Pueblo

First Weekend

Governor’s Feast Day and various dances – Old Acoma Pueblo

Second Weekend

Deer dances – San Juan Pueblo

End of the Month

Buffalo Dances – Cochiti Pueblo

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March

Village Feast – Laguna Pueblo

Easter Weekend Dances

April

Many Pueblos

Every Fourth Weekend

Gathering of the Nations (One of the country’s largest powwows) – Albuquerque Convention Center

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May

St. Phillip Feast Day – San Felipe Pueblo

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Santa Cruz Feast Day with Corn Dance, blessing of the fields and foot races – Taos Pueblo

Memorial Day Weekend

Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Show – Jemez Pueblo

First Saturday in June

June

Blessing of the Fields – Tesuque Pueblo

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San Antonio Feast Day (various dances) – Sandia Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Picuris Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, Santa Ana Pueblo

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San Juan Feast Day – Taos Pueblo

St. John the Baptist Feast Day – Ohkay Owingeh

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July

Celebration of the Waterfall – Nambe Pueblo

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St. Bonaventure Feast Day – Cochiti Pueblo

Second weekend in July

Annual Intertribal Powwow – Taos Pueblo

Third Weekend in July

Little Beaver Celebration with pro-Indian and open Rodeo, powwow, pony express race, parade, dances and more – Jicarilla Apache

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Santiago Feast Day – Taos Pueblo

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Santa Ana Feast Day – Santa Ana Pueblo, Taos Pueblo

Seama Village Feast – Laguna Pueblo

First Week

August

Gallup Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial with dances, rodeo, art and more – Gallup, NM

Ramah Navajo Fair and Rodeo – Ramah, NM

4

St. Dominic Feast Day – Santo Domingo Pueblo

9

San Lorenzo Feast Day mass and sunset dance – Picuris Pueblo

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Zuni Cultural Arts Expo – Zuni Pueblo

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San Lorenzo Feast Day with foot races, dances and pole climbing – Picuris Pueblo

San Lorezo Feast Day – Acoma Pueblo (Acomita), Laguna Pueblo

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St. Clare Feast Day – Santa Clara Pueblo

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Our Lady of Assumption Feast Day – Zia Pueblo

Assumption of Our Blessed Mother’s Feast Day – Laguna Pueblo

Third Week

SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market – Santa Fe Plaza

Indigenous Fine Art Market – Santa Fe Railyard
First Week

September

Navajo Nation Fair (rodeo, powwow, frybread contests, Miss Navajo Nation Pageant and more) – Window Rock, AZ

Kewa Pueblo Arts & Crafts Market – Kewa (formerly Santo Domingo) Pueblo.

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St. Stephen Feast Day – Acoma Pueblo

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St. Augustine Feast Day – Pueblo of Isleta

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Encinal Village Feast – Laguna Pueblo

Labor Day Weekend

Totah Festival Indian Market and Powwow – Farmington, NM

14-15

Go-Jii-Yah Feast, annual celebration with foot races, powwow and country rodeo – Jicarilla Apache

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St. Joseph Feast Day with Buffalo, Eagle and Social Dances – Laguna Pueblo

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Annual Tour de Acoma Bike Race – Acoma Pueblo

25

St. Elizabeth Feast Day – Laguna Pueblo

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San Geronimo Eve Vespers – Taos Pueblo

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San Geronimo Feast Day with dances, races, pole climb, arts and crafts fair – Taos Pueblo

First week

October

Northern Navajo Nation Fair – Shiprock, New Mexico

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San Francisco de Assisi Feast Day – Nambe Pueblo

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Ancient Way Fall Festival and Arts Market – Zuni Pueblo

Second Weekend

Jemez Red Rocks Open Air Market – Jemez Pueblo

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St. Margaret Mary’s Feast at Paraje Village – Laguna Pueblo

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November

San Diego Feast Day – Tesuque Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo

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Zuni Christmas Lights Parade – Zuni Pueblo

Last week of November

SWAIA Winter Indian Market – Santa Fe/Albuquerque

Indigenous Fine Art Market’s Holiday Showcase – Albuquerque

First Week

December

Shalako dance and festival (Closed to public) – Zuni Pueblo

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day – Pojoaque Pueblo

Bow and Arrow, Comanche and Buffalo Dances – Tesuque Pueblo

Matachina Dances – Jemez Pueblo

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Procession of the Virgin Mary – Taos Pueblo

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and Dance – Tesuque Pueblo

Christmas Eve Mass and Buffalo, Deer and Antelope Dances – Nambe Pueblo

Sundown Torchlight Procession of the Virgin Vespers and Matachina Dances – Picuris Pueblo

Luminarias display (2,000 paper bag lanterns line the road leading to Acoma Pueblo)

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Various Dances and Matachinas Dance – Taos Pueblo

Matachina Dances – Picuris Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh

Various Dances – Jemez Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, San Felipe Pueblo, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara Pueblo, Tesuque Pueblo, Zia Pueblo

*Many pueblos offer Christmastime events. Please see our phone list at the bottom of the page to contact specific pueblos.

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Traditional Dances inside San Esteban del Rey Mission on the mesa – Acoma Pueblo

25-29

Various Christmas Dances – Cochiti Pueblo

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Turtle Dance – Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

Buffalo Dances – Jemez Pueblo

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Holy Innocents Day, Children’s Dance – Picuris Pueblo

Acoma: 1-800-747-0181 | www.skycity.com

Phone Numbers and Websites

Cochiti: 505-465-2244 | www.pueblodecochiti.org

Isleta Pueblo: 505-869-3111 | www.isletapueblo.com

Jemez Pueblo: 575-834-7235 | www.jemezpueblo.com

Laguna Pueblo: 505-552-6654 | www.lagunapueblo.org

Nambe Pueblo: 505-455-2036 | http://nambepueblo.org/

Ohkay Owingeh: 505-852-4400 | www.ohkayowingeh-nsn.gov/members.htm

Picuris Pueblo: 575-587-2519 | www.picurispueblo.org/

Pojoaque Pueblo: 505 819 2276 | http://www.pojoaque.org

Sandia Pueblo: 505-867-3317 | www.sandiaPueblo.nsn.us

San Felipe Pueblo: 505-867-3381 | http://www.indianpueblo.org/19pueblos/sanfelipe.html

San Ildefonso Pueblo: 505-455-2273 | http://www.sanipueblo.org/

Santa Ana Pueblo: 505-867-3301 | www.santaana.org

Santa Clara Pueblo: 505-753-7330 | http://www.indianpueblo.org/19pueblos/santaclara.html

Santo Domingo Pueblo: 505-465-2214 | www.santodomingotribe.com

Taos Pueblo: (575) 758-1028 | http://www.taospueblo.com/

Tesuque Pueblo: 505-983-2667 or 505-455-2467 | http://www.indianpueblo.org/19pueblos/tesuque.html

Zia Pueblo: 505-867-3304 | www.zia.com/home/zia_info.html

Zuni Pueblo: 505-782-4481 | www.ashiwi.org

Here’s a link to a good list of contacts for tribal government offices from the New Mexican Indian Affairs Department.

This list was compiled from independent sources and information on newmexico.org and indianpueblo.org.

Postcard images from the The Tichnor Brothers Collection of the Boston Public Library

- Staff