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Pueblo of Pojoaque

Pueblo of Pojoaque Information

Pojoaque Pueblo is one of the six Northern Tewa speaking Rio Grande Pueblos.  Archeological studies of the area have dated inhabitation of the historic Pojoaque Pueblo area as early as 500 AD with a large prehistoric population in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.  Pojoaque has always maintained a strong cultural identity and was known by its Tewa speaking neighbors as “Po-suwae-geh” the water drinking or gathering place.

The Pojoaque Tribal Government conforms with the provisions of the 1934 Indian Regulatory Act. It consists of a General Council comprised of all enrolled adult members and a Regular Tribal Council comprised of elected officials. The officials are elected for two-year terms. The Tribal Government is developing ways to invest in its people, infrastructure, resources and the environment. Under the leadership of its Tribal Council, Pojoaque has embarked on an aggressive economic and business development plan to sustain is community. The reservation includes 11,963 acres and current Tribal enrollment at 482 members.

Bi-po-wa-ve means "Welcome." Come for the many food and entertainment venues and fall in love with the traditional culture and arts. Located just 15 minutes north of Santa Fe on US Highway 84/285 and about an hour from Albuquerque International (ABQ) Airport, the Pueblo offers an authentic Native American vacation experience. Stay with us and enjoy a broad range of lodging choices and Pueblo culture-based activities, as well as proximity to archaeological and historical sites. Free shuttle service is available to and from Downtown Santa Fe.

The Pueblo operates two casinos, a resort, golf course, spa and an RV park.  Stay at the beautiful Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort, our  393  room luxury hotel, where you will find over 300 one of a kind works of art representing every Native Tribe within New Mexico. The Cities of Gold Casino Hotel and the Road Runner RV Park offer additional lodging choices.

Visit the Pueblo’s Poeh Cultural Center and Museum, a Native American art and culture center that supports the future of Pueblo people by teaching the arts, collecting great works of art, and promoting public understanding of, and respect for, Pueblo history and culture. A museum store features jewelry, books, pottery, and souvenirs. Tours of the museum are available. The Museum curates two collections and the Native art collection at Buffalo Thunder Resort is available for a self-guided tour.

Plan a vacation itinerary with Pojoaque Pueblo as the center of day trips to the historic sites at Bandelier National Monument, Puye Cliffs at the Pueblo of Santa Clara, and Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage Site. Take the scenic High Road to Taos for a memorable day trip.The Towa Golf courses were designed jointly by twenty-time PGA titlist Hale Irwin and noted golf course designer and landscape architect William Phillips. Wo’ P’in Spa draws on world inspired spa therapies and natural, Indigenous healing elements that reflect the deep roots of the Pueblo heritage and embodies the essences of the Pojoaque philosophy.

Quick Facts

  • The Pueblo is experiencing a cultural revival after a long, difficult history. In the early 1600’s the first Spanish mission San Francisco de Pojoaque was founded.  During the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and pre-Reconquest period the Pueblo of Pojoaque was ravaged by external pressures and scattered to neighboring tribes.  At the time of the Re-Conquest of New Mexico by Don Diego de Vargas, the Pueblo of Pojoaque was completely deserted.
  • In 1706 Pojoaque Pueblo was resettled by 5 families.  By 1712 the population reached 79.  By the 1800’s the land base was being encroached upon by non-Indians and an official land grant was patented by Abraham Lincoln with the presentation of a silver cane of authority to the Governor of Pojoaque.  The Pueblo was further devasted by a smallpox epidemic, lack of water, encroaching non-Indians, and a lack of arable land base for agriculture.  Circa 1900 the las Cacique died and Governor Jose Antonio Tapia left the reservation for outside employment.  The Pueblo of Pojoaque was once again abandoned, its people migrating to other villages in the region.  
  • In 1934, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs issued a call for all Tribal members to return to the area.  Under the Indian Re-organization Act, 14 members of the Tapia, Villarial, Romero, and later the Gutierez/Montoya families were awarded land grants in the Pueblo land base.  In 1936 the Pueblo of Pojoaque became a federally recognized Tribal Reservation. 
  • Today, a cultural renaissance includes learning of the traditional arts (pottery, weaving, traditional embroidery, jewelry) and a Tewa language learning initiative. Exhibits at the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum reflect this progress in cultural revitalization. 
  • The Pueblo invites visitors to a Feast Day (Our Lady of Guadalupe) on December 12th  and June ___ , as well as Kings Day dances on January 6th.  Join us to view traditional Pueblo dances and to hear Pueblo music. A unique vacation experience and Pueblo hospitality awaits you.

Pueblo of Pojoaque

Travel Info

  • Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time

Notes to Visitors

While the Pueblo people are traditionally generous and welcoming, there are etiquette guidelines that should be followed to avoid violations of their customs or misunderstandings. Here are suggestions for ensuring that your visit to a pueblo is enjoyable for everyone involved:

  • Use the visitor center or tribal office as the first point of contact. (Remember that both are closed on feast days.)
  • Observe all rules and regulations of the individual pueblos. Obey all signs and do not enter off-limit areas.
  • Obey all traffic, parking and speed limit signs.
  • Homes are private. Do not enter without an invitation.
  • Do not climb walls or other structures as they may be hundreds of years old and easily damaged.
  • Kivas and graveyards are not to be entered by non-Pueblo people.
  • Please control children and make sure that they are respectful.
  • Stay in the immediate village area, do not wander.
  • Do not pick up, remove or disturb any artifact or objects such as pieces of broken pottery, plants, rocks or animals.
  • Do not bring alcohol, weapons, drugs or pets into Pueblo communities.

There are also some rules for courteous behavior when attending ceremonial dances and feast days. The first is to realize that the dances are religious in nature and not staged performances. As such, they should be observed with respect and quiet attention. Talking or asking questions of dancers or non-dance participants should be avoided. Applause after dances is not appropriate. On feast days, when many families open their homes, it is courteous to accept an invitation to eat but not to linger or offer more than heartfelt thanks for the hospitality.

The Pueblos have rules about taking pictures and making sketches and recordings while visiting their communities. It’s best to find out in advance about the permits, fees and restrictions at each pueblo you plan to visit and whether photography, sketching or recording is prohibited. Even after you’ve obtained a permit, you should always ask permission before taking an individual’s picture, make sure that your photography doesn’t interrupt or interfere with dances and remember that pictures are for private use only and may not be reproduced or sold without written permission.

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