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2014 Native American Feast Days and Events in New Mexico

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All Feast Days and Events are listed by month and day. Because of unavoidable changes in date, location or contact number, we cannot guarantee that the information below is absolutely accurate. We urge anyone interested in going to any of these events call the information number provided to confirm date, location and admission information.

If this is your first visit:

Here are a few guidelines when attending Native American events that will help you to feel more at home.

  1. Most of the events are religious in nature. The best guide to behavior is for visitors of all ages to behave respectfully at all times.
  2. Stay in the area designated for the feast day or event and don't enter any structure, graveyard or private home on the pueblo or reservation.
  3. Ceremonial dances should be watched quietly and respectfully. Do not applaud after a dance, it is part of a religious ceremony. Do not interrupt or talk to dancers before, during or after a dance.
  4. Most Native American pueblos and tribes forbid sketching, painting, videotaping and photography on the pueblo or at dances and events. This is to preserve the sacred nature of the event and the privacy of the people living there. Don't try to "sneak" pictures. "No photography" regulations are enforced. Below the calendar is a list of tribes and their photography policies as well as phone numbers.
  5. Pets should not be brought to Native American ceremonies.
  6. Shaking hands is the appropriate way to greet a Native American. But, Native Americans prefer a gentle handshake to a firm one.

Calendar

January February March April May June
July August September October November December
January  
Jan. 1 Turtle Dance. Taos Pueblo. For information: (505) 758-1028. Los Matachines Dance at Jemez Pueblo. For information: in New Mexico (505) 843-7270; out of state (800) 766-4405.
  Los Matachines Dance at Jemez Pueblo. For information: (505) 834-7235.
Jan. 6 All Kings Day. Buffalo and Deer Dances. Taos Pueblo. For information: (575) 758-1028.
  Various Dances. Sandia Pueblo. For information: (505) 861-3317.
  Buffalo, Deer, Antelope Dances. Nambe Pueblo. For information: (505) 455-2036.
  King's Day Celebration. Dances at the Picuris Pueblo. For information: (505) 587-2519.
  3 Kings Day Festival honoring incoming governor and officers. Laguna Pueblo. For information: (505) 552-6654.
Jan. 22, 23 San Ildefonso Feast Days. Firelight dances Jan 22. Buffalo, Deer and Comanche dances Jan. 23. San Ildefonso Pueblo. For information: (505) 455-3549.
Jan. 25 St. Paul's Feast Day. Picuris Pueblo. Various dances. For information: (505) 587-2519.
Jan. 28 Holy Innocents Day. Santa Clara Pueblo. Children's dances. For information: (505) 753-7326.
  Holy Innocents Day. Picuris Pueblo. Children's dances. For information: (505) 587-2519.
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February  
Feb. 2 Candelaria Day Celebration. Dances at the Picuris Pueblo. For information: (505) 587-2519.
  Candelaria Day Celebration. Dances at San Felipe Pueblo. For information: (505) 867-3381.
Feb. 6 Governor's Feast Day. Dances at Sky City, Acoma Pueblo. For information: (505) 252-1139 or (800) 747-0181.
Feb. 22,23 Feast Days. Dances at the San Ildefonso Pueblo. For information: (505) 455-3549.
Late Feb. Deer Dances at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. For information: (505) 852-4400.
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March  
March 5 - April 27 Taos Pueblo closed for visiting. See www.taospueblo.com.
Mar. 19 St. Joseph's Feast Day. Harvest and other dances at the Laguna Pueblo. For information: (505) 552-6654.
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April  
April 24 - 27 American Indian Week "Pueblo Days". At the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th Street, Albuquerque. IPCC Annual Spring Art Market, storytelling and dancers all week long. For information: www.indianpueblo.org/.
March 19 - 21 Easter Weekend celebrations at most pueblos.
  Easter Sunday. Bow and Arrow Dance after Mass at Nambe Pueblo. For information: (505) 455-2036.
  Easter Sunday and Monday. Various dances at Zia Pueblo. For information: (505) 867-3304.
  Easter Sunday and Monday. Various dances at San Ildefonso Pueblo. For information: (505) 455-3549.
April 24 - 26 Gathering of Nations Pow-wow. UNM Pit, Albuquerque. 24th is the Crowning of Miss Indian World. 25-26 pow-wow. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets available at the door or on the internet. Advance tickets and information from www.gatheringofnations.com.
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May  
May 1 St. Phillip's Feast Day. Dances at San Felipe Pueblo. For information: (505) 867-3381.
May 3 Santa Cruz Feast Day. Blessings of the Field, Corn Dance and foot race at Taos Pueblo. For information: (575) 758-1028.
  Santa Cruz Feast Day. Dances at Cochiti Pueblo. For information: (505) 465-2244.
May 1st Sun. 1st Sunday in May. Santa Maria Feast Day. Fiesta honoring patron saint at Santa Maria de Acoma Church, McCarty's, New Mexico. For information: (505) 252-1139 or (800) 747-0181.
May 24 - 26 Memorial Day Weekend. Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Show and Memorial Day Pow-wow. At Jemez Red Rocks. Crafts fair May 24, 25. For information: (505) 834-7235.
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June  
June TBA Indian dances nightly at the Gallup Cultural Center, 201 E. Hwy. 66 (Santa Fe Depot), Gallup. Dances by various Free admission. Photography allowed. For information: (800) 242-4282.
June 2 1st Saturday of month. Blessings of the Fields, Corn Dance. Tesuque Pueblo. For information: (505) 983-2667.
June 13 St. Anthony's Feast Day. San Ildefonso Pueblo. For information: (505) 455-3549.
  San Antonio Feast Day and Corn Dances. Sandia Pueblo. For information: (505) 867-3317.
  San Antonio Feast Day and Comanche Dance. Santa Clara Pueblo. For information: (505) 753-7326.
  San Antonio Feast Day and Corn Dance. Taos Pueblo. For information: (575) 758-1028.
  San Antonio Feast Day. Dances at the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. For information: (575) 852-4400.
  San Antonio Feast Day. Dances at the Picuris Pueblo. For information: (505) 587-2519.
June 24 San Juan Feast Day. Vespers, Comanche and Buffalo Dances at the San Juan Pueblo. For information: (505) 852-4400.
  San Juan Feast Day. Buffalo, Corn and Comanche Dances at the Taos Pueblo. For information: (575) 758-1028.
June 29 San Pedro Feast Day. Corn Dance at the Santa Ana Pueblo. For information: (505) 867-3301.
  St. Peter's and St. Paul's Feast Day. Acoma Pueblo. For information: (505) 252-1139 or (800) 747-0181.
  St. Peter's and St. Paul's Feast Day. Throw Day and dances at Laguna Pueblo. For information: (505) 552-6654.
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July  
July 2 - 5 Navajo Nation 4th of July Celebration and Rodeo. Celebration and PRCA Pro Rodeo at Dean Jackson Memorial Arena, Window Rock, Arizona. For information: http://www.navajonationfair.com/index.html.
July 4 Various Dances and Crafts. Nambe Pueblo. For information: (505) 455-2036.
July 1st week Mescalero Apache Feast Day. Coming of Age Ceremony, dances, pow-wow, rodeo. At the Mescalero Apache Reservation near Tularosa. (575) 671-4494.
July 11, 12 Eastern Navajo Fair. Traditional song and dance, rodeo, pow-wow, Miss Eastern Navajo Pageant, BBQ, rodeo, more. Crownpoint, New Mexico. For information: www.navajonationparks.org or www.discovernavajo.com.
July 12 - 14 Annual Inter-tribal Pow-Wow. Taos Pueblo. For information: (575) 758-1028 or www.taospueblo.com.
July 14 San Buenaventura Feast Day. Cochiti Pueblo. For information: (505) 465-2244.
  San Buenaventura Feast Day. San Felipe Pueblo. For information: (505) 867-3381.
  San Buenaventura Feast Day. Kewa Pueblo. For information: (505) 465-2214.
July third weekend Jicarilla Apache Little Apache Beaver Roundup and Rodeos. Pow-wow, races, parade, 5k run, fun walk, mud bog, pony express, youth activities, more. At Dulce. For information: www.jicarillaonline.com/ or (575)759-3242.
July 25 Santiago Feast Day Corn Dance. Taos Pueblo. For information: (575) 758-1028.
July 26 Santa Ana Feast Day. Harvest and other dances at the Laguna Pueblo. For information: (505) 552-6654.
  Santa Ana Feast Day Corn Dance. Santa Ana Pueblo. For information: (505) 867-3301.
  Santa Ana Feast Day Corn Dance. Taos Pueblo. For information: (575) 758-1028.
July 25, 26 Annual Farmington Indian Market. Song and dance, food, arts and crafts fair. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Berg Park, Farmington. For information: (505) 947-3332 or www.farmingtonnm.org.
July TBA Zuni Arts & Cultural Expo. Arts and Crafts Market at Zuni Pueblo. For information: in New Mexico (505) 843-7270; out of state (800) 766-4405.
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August  
Aug. 2 Nuestra Senora de los Angeles Feast Day. Corn Dance at Jemez Pueblo. For information: in New Mexico (505) 843-7270; out of state (800) 766-4405.
Aug. 4 Feast Day and Corn Dance. Kewa Pueblo. For information: (505) 465-2214.
Aug. 6 - 10 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. At Red Rock State Park near Gallup. Parades, rodeo, arts and crafts, dances, food, golf tourney, auctions, more. Parking and admission fees at Red Rock State Park. For information: (505) 722-3839.
Aug. 9, 10 Aug. 9 San Lorenzo Feast Day; Aug. 10 Trade Fair and Races at the Picuris Pueblo. For information: in New Mexico (505) 843-7270; out of state (800) 766-4405.
Aug. 10 San Lorenzo Feast Day. Throw Day and dances at Acoma Pueblo. For information: (505) 252-1139 or (800) 747-0181.
  San Lorenzo Feast Day. Cochiti Pueblo. For information: (505) 465-2244.
  San Lorenzo Feast Day. Throw Day and dancing at Laguna Pueblo where people named Lawrence or Lorenzo throw gifts to visitors. For information: (505) 552-6654.
Aug. 12 Santa Clara Feast Day. Buffalo and other dances at Santa Clara Pueblo. For information: (505) 753-7326.
Aug. 15 Assumption of Our Blessed Mother's Feast Day. Harvest and other dances at Mesita, Laguna Pueblo. For information: (505) 552-6654.
  Feast Day and Corn Dance. Zia Pueblo. For information: (505) 867-3304.
Aug. TBA 3rd week of August. Zuni Tribal Fair. Zuni Pueblo. For information: (505) 782-4403.
Aug. 18 - 24 Santa Fe Indian Market. At the Plaza in Santa Fe. Native American artists and craftspeople from all over the country exhibit. Juried competition, dances, food. No admission fee. For information: www.swaia.org or (505) 983-5220.
Aug. Last Weekend Picuris Tri-Cultural Arts & Crafts Show. At Picuris Pueblo. For information: (505) 587-2519.
Aug. TBA Ramah Fair. Parade, pow-wow, arts and crafts, sanctioned and open show rodeos, queen's contest, barbeque, baby contest, 5k run, more. At Pinehill Chapter House, Ramah, New Mexico, Navajo Reservation.
Aug. 28 Saint Augustine Feast Day. Morning mass followed by a procession. Dances in the afternoon at the Isleta Pueblo. For information: (505) 869-3111.
Aug. 30, 31 Totah Festival. Crafts fair and pow-wow at the Farmington Civic Center, Farmington. Marketplace, rug auction, contest pow-wow, more. For information: (800) 448-1240 or www.farmingtonnm.org.
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September  
Sept. 2 - 8 Navajo Nation Fair. Traditional songs and dances, parade, Miss Navajo Nation Pageant, midway, rodeos, pow-wow, food, more at the Navajo Nation Fairgrounds, Window Rock, Arizona, Navajo Reservation. For information: Navajo Nation Fair Office: (928) 871-6478 or www.navajonationfair.com.
Sept. 2 San Estevan Feast Day and Harvest Dance. At St. Estevan Mission, Sky City, Acoma Pueblo. For information: (505) 252-1139 or (800) 747-0181.
Sept. Labor Day Weekend Annual Arts & Crafts Market. At Kewa Pueblo. For information: (505) 465-2214.
Sept. 4 San Augustine Feast Day. Harvest Dance at Isleta Pueblo. For information: (505) 869-3111.
Sept. 8 Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary's Feast Day. Harvest and social dances at Encinal, Laguna Pueblo. For information: (505) 552-6654.
  Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary's Feast Day. Corn Dance at the San Ildefonso Pueblo. For information: (505) 455-3549.
Sept. TBA Go-Jii-Yah Feast Day. At Stone Lake, Jicarilla Apache Reservation. For information: (575) 843-7270 or (575) 759-3242.
Sept. 19 St. Joseph's Feast Day. Buffalo, Eagle and Social Dances at Old Laguna Village, Laguna Pueblo. For information: (505) 552-6654.
Sept. 25 St. Elizabeth's Feast Day. Harvest and Social Dances at Paguete, Laguna Pueblo. For information: (505) 552-6654.
Sept. 29,30 Feast of San Geronimo. Dances, races, pole climb, arts and crafts fair at the Taos Pueblo. Per vehicle admission fee. Free bus is provided between parking area and the Pueblo for those who don't want to walk. For information: (575) 758-1028.
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October  
Oct. 3 - 7 Shiprock Navajo Nation Fair. Dancing, song and dance competition, arts and crafts, rodeos parade, more at the oldest annual Navajo Fair at Shiprock, New Mexico, Navajo Reservation. At the Shiprock Fairgrounds. For information: www.discovernavajo.com.
Oct. 4 St. Francis of Assisi Feast. Dances at the Nambe Pueblo. For information: (505) 455-2036.
Oct. 17 St. Margaret Mary's Feast Day. Harvest and Social Dances at Paraje, Laguna Pueblo. For information: (505) 552-6654.
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November  
Nov. 12 San Diego Feast Day. Flag, Buffalo, Corn, Comanche and Deer Dances at the Tesuque Pueblo. For information: (505) 983-2667.
  San Diego Feast Day. Flag, Buffalo Corn, Comanche and Deer Dances at the Jemez Pueblo. For information: (505) 834-7235.
Nov. last week Last week of November. Christmas Light Parade. Zuni Pueblo. For information: (505) 782-4403.
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December  
Dec. 1st Weekend 1st weekend of December. Walatowa Winter Arts and Crafts Fair. Jemez Pueblo. For information: (505) 834-7235.
Dec. 11,12 Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Feast Day. Dec. 11 Vespers and Procession. Dec. 12 Feast Day Mass, Bow and arrow, Comanche and Buffalo Dances at Pojoaque Pueblo after mass. For information: (505) 455-3460.
  Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Feast Day. Bow and Arrow, Comanche and Buffalo Dances at Tesuque Pubelo. For information: (505) 983-2667.
  Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Feast Day. Dances at Jemez Pueblo. For information: (505) 834-7235.
  Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Feast Day. Dances at Santa Clara Pueblo. For information: (505) 753-7326.
Dec. 24, 25 Christmas Celebrations by Pueblo.
  Acoma. Dec. 25-28. Dances, luminarias. Christmas festivals at San Estevan del Rey Mission, Sky City, Acoma. For information: (505) 252-1139 or (800) 747-0181.
  Laguna. 10 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. Deer, Harvest, Arrow and other Dances after mass. Dec. 25-28 Harvest dances continue for three more days. For information: (505) 552-6654.
  Information for Christmas Celebrations for the pueblos listed below: In New Mexico (505) 843-7270 or (575) 455-3460 for Eight Northern Pueblos; out of state (800) 766-4405.
  Nambe. Dec. 24. Christmas Eve Mass followed by Buffalo, Deer and Antelope Dances.
  Picuris. Christmas celebrations and "Los Matachines."
  San Felipe. Dec. 24. Dances after midnight mass.
  Ohkay Owingeh. Dec. 24, 25. Spanish dance drama "Los Matachines" and Pine Torch Procession.
  San Ildefonso. Christmas celebrations and various dances.
  Santa Ana. Dances after midnight mass.
  Santa Clara. Christmas celebrations and various dances.
  Taos. Dec. 24. Sundown Procession with bonfires. Dec. 25. Dances.
  Tesuque. Dec. 24. Dances after midnight mass.
  Zia. Dec. 25-28. Dances.
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Native American Events Outside New Mexico

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Photography and Picture Policies

Acoma No photography. (505) 552-6604 or (800) 747-0181.
Cochiti Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 465-2244.
Isleta Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 869-3111.
Jemez No photography. (575) 834-7235.
Jicarilla Apache Photography allowed only at Little Apache Beaver Roundup and Rodeo. www.jicarillaonline.com/ or (575) 759-3242.
Laguna Photography allowed at Laguna Pueblo and Church of San Jose de Laguna only. (505) 552-6654.
Mescalero Apache Phone tribe for policy and/or permit information. (575) 671-4494.
Nambe Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 455-2036.
Navajo Nation
Ramah
Crownpoint
Shiprock
Phone tribe for policy and/or permit information. (928) 871-6357.
Ohkay Owingeh Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 852-4400.
Picuris Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 587-2519.
Pojoaque Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 455-3460 or (505) 455-2278.
Sandia No photographing dances, the plaza or the church. Permission to photograph other areas of the pueblo must be obtained from the Governor's Office. (505) 867-3317.
San Felipe Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 867-3381.
San Ildefonso Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 455-3549 or (505) 455-2273.
Santa Ana Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 867-3301.
Santa Clara Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 753-7326 or (505) 753-7330.
Taos No photography except at July pow-wow, with permission of dancers. Phone pueblo for policy. (575) 758-1028 or www.taospueblo.com.
Tesuque Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 983-2667.
Kewa Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 465-2214.
Zia Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 867-3304.
Zuni Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 782-4481 or (505) 782-4403.
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Other Sources of Information

  Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque. In New Mexico: (505) 843-7270; out of state (800) 766-4405, or www.indianpueblo.org.
  Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe. (505) 982-4636 or (800) 607-4636 or www.wheelwright.org.
  Santa Fe Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Santa Fe. www.santafe.org.
  Gallup Visitors and Convention Center, Gallup. (800) 242-4282 or www.gallupnm.org.
  Southwestern Association of Indian Arts, Santa Fe. (505) 983-5220 or www.swaia.org.
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Great Places to Visit in New Mexico

  The Salmon Ruins, Museum and Research Library, Bloomfield. Visit an 11th Century Chaco pueblo and the associated museum and library. A heritage park includes the original George P. Salmon homestead, as well as interactive replicas of various historical structures including a trading post, male and female Navajo hogans, a tipi and wickiup. For information: (505) 632-2013 or www.salmonruins.com
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Know of a Native American sponsored event in New Mexico that's not on this calendar? Email us at

with the name, date and location of the event, sponsoring pueblo, tribe or tribal organization, and a contact telephone number for information.

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