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Pueblo Harvest Cafe

Pueblo Harvest Cafe

ALBUQUERQUE

Interstate 40 ascends, descends and curves through the ear-popping foothills of Sandia Mountain before the landscape flattens out and the city of Albuquerque fills the frame of your windshield.

Pre-1937 Route 66 Santa Fe Alignment

Traveling from east to west, the original alignment of Route 66 took a turn north outside of Santa Rosa to the New Mexico capital, Santa Fe. 66 picked up the end of the old Santa Fe Trail for 58 miles before dipping south and following the old Spanish El Camino Real toward Los Lunas.

Route 66 south of Santa Fe took travelers through Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo, Pueblo of San Felipe, the Pueblo of Santa Ana, and the Pueblo of Sandia. This segment was bypassed in 1937 by a direct route to Albuquerque that shaved 177 miles off the journey west—the route I-40 follows today. (From I-40 west of Santa Rosa, you have to exit south onto HWY 84 toward Dilia to meet up with the old road. The original exit lies on private property. Route 66 then merges with HWY 25.)

Gathering of Nations Powwow
Last weekend in April
University of New Mexico
WisePies Arena
1111 University Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM
505-836-2810
www.gatheringofnations.com

Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
August
Red Rock Park
NM 566, Exit 26 or 31 from I-40,
7 mi east of Gallup,
Church Rock, NM 87311
505-863-3896
www.theceremonial.com

SHOPPING

Shumakolowa Native Arts
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
505-314-8216
www.shumakolowa.com

Historic Old Town
303 Romero St N.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87104
www.albuquerqueoldtown.com

ATTRACTIONS

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
866-855-7902
www.indianpueblo.org

Petroglyph National Monument
6510 Western Trail NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120-2069
505-899-0205

Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway
121 Sandia Crest Rd, Box 303
NM 536 to Sandia Crest and NM 14
Sandia Park, NM 87047
505-281-5233

DINING

Pueblo Harvest Cafe
2401 12th St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
866-855-7902
www.indianpueblo.org

EVENTS

Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentations
Last Thursday in April
Albuquerque Convention Center
Kiva Auditorium
401 2nd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-836-2810
www.gatheringofnations.com


Sandia Lakes: The three Sandia Lakes are a catch-and-release fly fishing paradise. Each lake is regularly stocked with Rainbow Trout duing the winter and spring and with Channel Catfish in the summer and fall.

Sandia Lakes: The three Sandia Lakes are a catch-and-release fly fishing paradise. Each lake is regularly stocked with Rainbow Trout duing the winter and spring and with Channel Catfish in the summer and fall.

Albuquerque Golf Resort

Albuquerque Golf Resort

CONTACT

Sandia Tribal Administration
481 Sandia Loop
(505) 867-3317 Option #1
www.sandiapueblo.nsn.us

PUEBLO OF SANDIA

A turn north off I-40 onto HWY 25 (which briefly aligns near Santa Fe with a segment of Route 66 decommissioned in 1938) and a short journey of about 15 miles leads to Sandia Pueblo. T’uf Shu Tu’, (“Green Reed Place”) the Native name for Sandia, is a site the pueblo has occupied since 1300. The pueblo became known Sandia (Spanish for watermelon) in the 17th century, a reference by Spanish settlers to the color of the sacred mountains at sunset.  The traditional name of the people is Na Fiat. 

Today there are fewer than 500 enrolled citizens but they maintain their traditional way of government—employing a governor and lieutenant governor as well as a war chief and lieutenant war chief.  The Tiwa language is taught and many citizens are tri-lingual, speaking Tiwa, English and Spanish.

SHOPPING

Bien Mur Indian Market
100 Bien Mur Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
505-821-5400 or 1-800-365-5400

EVENTS

June 13: St. Anthony Feast Day

LODGING

Sandia Resort
30 Rainbow Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
505-821-5400 or 1-800-365-5400

ATTRACTIONS

Sandia Bison Herd
100 Bien Mur Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
(East of Ben Mur Indian Market)

Bobcat Ranch
2209 HWY 38
Eagle Nest, NM 87718
575-377-2490
bobcat@sandiapueblo.nsn.us

Bobcat Ranch is a privately owned ranch located in the Sangre Cristo Mountain Range and offers several hunting experiences to choose from, including guided elk and turkey hunts.

ENTERTAINMENT

Albuquerque Golf Resort
30 Rainbow Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
505-798-3990

Sandia Lakes
100 Highway 313
Bernalillo, NM 87004
505-771-5190
www.sandiapueblo.nsn.us

Sandia Resort & Casino
30 Rainbow Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Phone: 505-796-7500

 

Bien Mur Indian Market

Bien Mur, or “Big Mountain” in the Tiwa language, is named in honor of the majestic Sandia Mountains of the Sandia Pueblo reservation.

The Bien Mur Indian Market, owned and operated by the Pueblo of Sandia, is the largest retail arts and crafts store in the Southwest and offers authentic handmade American Indian goods.

A sampling of what they carry:

  • Hopi, Navajo, Santo Domingo, and Zuni Jewelry
  • Handmade Pottery
  • Storytellers
  • Navajo Rugs
  • Zuni Fetishes
  • Kachinas & other carvings
  • Sand Paintings
  • Flutes, Rattles & Drums
  • War Bonnets
  • Moccasins
  • Pendleton Blankets
  • Zapotec Rugs
  • Books & Music

For more information about special events, call 1-800-365-5400.

Sandia Bison Herd

The Pueblo of Sandia includes a 107-acre bison preserve located just east of their Bien Mur Indian Market.

Bison were nearly driven to extinction in the U.S. in the 1800s. In 1872, according to the National Park Service, an average of 5,000 bison were killed per day and their hides sold for less than $1.25 apiece.

The greed of white hunters was partly to blame, but there was also an organized effort by the U.S. government to destroy the livelihood of the tribes who depended on the animals for food, shelter and tools, according to The Smithsonian Conservation Institute. By the 1900s, fewer than 1,000 bison remained.

Many tribes have reintroduced bison back to their lands and according to the National Bison Association, more than 162,000 bison roam in the U.S. today.


St. Augustine Mission in Isleta

St. Augustine Mission in Isleta

Isleta Casino and Resort

Isleta Casino and Resort

CONTACT

Pueblo of Isleta
P.O. Box 1270
Isleta, NM 87022
Phone: 505-869-3111

 

PUEBLO OF ISLETA

South of I-40 and west of Albuquerque lies Isleta Pueblo, or Shiewhibak (“flint kick-stick place”) in Tiwa, the pueblo’s native language. According to A Native American Encyclopedia by Barry M. Pritzker, the name Isleta (Spanish for “little island”) comes from the Spanish missions San Antonio de la Isleta and San Augustin de la Isleta.

Founded in 1613 as St. Anthony, the St. Augustine Mission located in the center of the pueblo is one of the oldest Spanish mission churches in New Mexico. The building was found in ruins in 1692 but the walls could be used, so the church was rebuilt and renamed St. Augustine in 1716 after the patron saint of Isleta. The four feet thick adobe foundation walls are original to the site, which was restored from ruins in 1716 and named for the pueblo’s patron Saint, Augustine. It is the only place in Isleta that visitors are welcome to photograph. St. Augustine is open daily to visitors to explore. The people of Isleta hold regular worship services and parish events in the mission.

Traditionally, the Tiwa speaking people subsisted on agriculture, bison hunting and trade with other pueblos. Situated on the Rio Grande and the historic El Camino Real, the Spanish “Royal Road” that connected Mexico City in the south to Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo) north of Santa Fe, Isleta was a thriving community when the railroad arrived in 1881—forcibly taking the land and realigning Isleta Pueblo’s gathering grounds. When Route 66 subsumed a wagon trail through the pueblo nearly 45 years later, Isleta was again forced to give up ground. Later, after protests, Route 66 was moved across the railroad tracks and the Rio Grande, curving around Isleta to pass through Bosque Farms, Peralta, Valencia and Los Lunas.

EVENT

August 28 and September 4
St. Augustine Feast Day/Harvest Dance

LODGING

Isleta Casino and Resort
11000 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Reservations: 1-877-475-3827
www.isleta.com/resort


Camping: Isleta Lakes RV Reservations: 505-244-8102

ATTRACTION
St. Augustine Church
Tribal Road 35, #71

DINING

Embers Steakhouse: 505-244-8288
Tiwa Restaurant & Lounge: 505-724-3800

ENTERTAINMENT

Isleta Casino and Resort
11000 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Phone: 505-724-3800
www.isleta.com

Isleta Fun Connection: 505-724-3866

Isleta Golf Course Reservations: 505-848-1900

*Complimentary shuttle service between the Albuquerque International Sunport and Isleta Resort: 505-724-3800


Laguna Mission

Laguna Mission

Laguna pottery

Laguna pottery

CONTACT

Laguna Pueblo
P.O. Box 194
Laguna, N.M. 87026
505-552-6654

PUEBLO OF LAGUNA

The I-40 frontage road west of Albuquerque leads travelers through Laguna Pueblo’s grazing lands. Traditionally known as the Ka’waika, Laguna (“lagoon” or “lake” in Spanish) is the largest Keresan-speaking pueblo. The Spanish named the area after a lake that is now a meadow, and people have lived here, it’s believed, since 1300. Ruins can still be seen among the rocks of the mesa. The current settlement has been occupied since before the Spaniards came in 1697.  Today, Laguna’s business arm operates several successful enterprises, including the Route 66 casino resort just off I-40 and old Route 66.

EVENTS

Feast Days by Village

  • March 19: St. Joseph’s Feast Day, Old Laguna Pueblo, Harvest and other dances
  • July 25: Seama Village
  • July 26: St. Anne Feast Day, Laguna Seama Village, Harvest and other dances
  • August 15: Mesita
  • September 8: Encinal
  • September 19: Laguna
  • September 25: Paguate
  • October 17: St. Margaret Mary’s Feast Day, Paraje
  • December 25-27: 10 a.m. Mass followed by Harvest Dance, Old Laguna Village
  • December 25 - 28: Dances in all villages

SHOPPING

Marketplace at Dancing Eagle
Exit 108 off I-40
505-552-7750

Dancing Eagle Casino Travel Center
505-552-7477

Route 66 Travel Centers
Exits 108 and 140 off I-40

ATTRACTION

St. Joseph Church/Laguna Mission
1 Friar Road
Laguna, NM 87026
505-552-9330

DINING

Route 66 Travel Center
Exit 108 off I-40
Casa Blanca, NM
505-552-7711

Route 66 Pit Stop
(two locations)
Exits 140 & 114 off I-40
Casa Blanca, NM
505-552-7711

ENTERTAINMENT

Dancing Eagle Casino
Exit 108 off I-40
505-552-7777

Route 66 Casino
Exit 140 off I-40
14500 Central Ave. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87121
866-352-7866

LODGING

Dancing Eagle RV Park
Exit 108 off I-40
505-552-7730

Route 66 Casino Hotel
Exit 140 off I-40
14500 Central Ave. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87121
866-711-7829

The Photo Art of Lee Marmon

Laguna Pueblo elder and globally-renowned photographer, Lee Marmon, has been called America’s most widely respected Native American photographer. In 1936, at the age of 11, he snapped his first photograph—of a car wreck on Route 66 through Laguna.  After serving in World War II, Lee returned home to Laguna Pueblo and bought his first camera. Since then, his photographs have been commissioned by celebrities, Presidents, the American Indian College Fund, movie studios, newspapers and magazines, and his images are exhibited around the world.

 In 2015, at the age of 90, Lee Marmon and his friend Tom Corbett co-authored Laguna Pueblo-A Photographic History, featuring over 70 years’ of Lee’s spectacular images, including a look at Route 66 and the cultural changes it brought. The book has won high praise, including two awards from the NM-AZ Book Co-op and a 2015 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association. Lee Marmon’s archive of 90,000 negatives now rests at the University of New Mexico.

www.leemarmongallery.com

Laguna Pottery

Traditional Laguna pottery made a comeback in the 1970s. The designs are similar to those found in Acoma. The geometric patterns are created in red, yellow and orange pigments.


Acoma Pottery

Acoma Pottery

Acoma Sky City

Acoma Sky City

Acoma Storyteller Pottery

Acoma Storyteller Pottery

One of the greatest things about this land is the people…and I believe as our people emerged into this world, there was a plan.
— Brian Vallo, Acoma

CONTACT

Acoma Pueblo
25 Pinsibaarii Rd.
PO Box 309
Pueblo of Acoma, NM 87034

505-552-6604
www.puebloofacoma.org

PUEBLO OF ACOMA

Haaku—A Place Prepared—Acoma Pueblo is the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States, dating back to at least 1150. The historic pueblo is perched in the sky atop a 367-foot sandstone bluff accessible only by a winding road that meanders away from I-40 through low scrubby rock strewn hills and monolithic outcroppings of stone.

Most of the pueblo’s inhabitants live below the city in the sky, ascending only for ceremonials and feast days—or a little housekeeping.  Acoma is known for its pottery. Traditionally created pottery is hand-colored and decorated in orange and black paints mixed from natural pigments. Women and girls would walk several miles from their villages to take pottery to a little general store (now in ruins) on Route 66 to sell. 

DINING

Huwaka Restaurant
Sky City Casino
I-40 Exit 102
Acoma, NM 87034

Yaaka Café
Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum
Acoma,NM 87034
505-552-7871

SHOPPING

Gaitsi Gift Shop
Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum
AcomaNM 87034
505-552-7870

LODGING

Sky City Casino Hotel
I-40 Exit 102
Acoma, NM 87034
Reservations: 888-759-2489

RV Park
I-40 Exit 102
Acoma, NM 87034
Reservations: 888-759-2489

ATTRACTIONS

Sky City Cultural Center
and Haak’u Museum
P.O.Box 310
Acoma, NM 87034
800-747-0181
www.acomaskycity.org
www.tourdeacoma.com

ENTERTAINMENT

Sky City Casino
I-40 Exit 102
Acoma, NM 87034

Trophy Elk Program
Acoma Game & Fish Enterprise
505-552-9866

EVENTS

  • 1st Sunday in May: Santa Maria Feast Day, McCarty’s Village
  • August 10: San Lorenzo’s Feast Day, Acomita Village, Historical Anniversary Date – Pueblo Revolt of 1680
  • September 2: San Estevan Feast Day, Old Acoma, Harvest Dance at Sky City
  • September: Tour de Acoma, a 100, 50 and 25-mile bike challenge covering some of the most breathtaking lands on the Acoma and Laguna Pueblo reservations. For information visit www.tourdeacoma.com/new.html
  • December 24: Christmas Eve Celebration - Luminarias light up the Pueblo from the Scenic View Point to Sky City. 
  • December 26 – 28: Christmas Dances in San Esteban Mission Church

*Photography is not permitted during feast days or Christmas events

 

 

Acoma Storyteller Pottery

Acoma Pueblo has a tradition of pottery that stretches back centuries. Today, it is most known for a matte polychrome style of pottery featuring orange and black designs on a white background or black fine-line designs on a white background.

Storytellers celebrate the pueblo tradition of passing down stories orally and usually depict an elder surrounded by children, all with open mouths to represent the act of storytelling.

— Information provided by Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Acoma Sky City

Haaku, or Old Acoma, is also known as Sky City.  One of the oldest inhabited sites in the United States, Haaku is perched atop a 367-foot mesa.

The reservation includes four other villages and covers 431,664 acres—a fraction of their original land base that covered 1.5 million acres and several villages.

The tribe organized under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 but they did not adopt a charter or a constitution, preferring instead to maintain their traditional government.

Sky City was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 1977.