Legendary New Mexico

Legendary New Mexico: Native American Heritage & Culture

EPISODE 7 – In this episode, Native American Heritage & Culture, we do our best to honor and remember the Native American influence in New Mexico. From a center dedicated to keeping the traditions of 19 Pueblos alive, to the distinct languages, to the deep history of the Pueblos and Tribes in our state, Native American Heritage & Culture is an essential part of Legendary New Mexico.

Pueblo Revolt

When the Spanish arrived in the New Mexico territories, they sparked what would become more than a century of struggle and strife with the Native Americans.  Their efforts to spread Catholicism to the New World and its indigenous people were met with resistance frustration – largely due to the fact that the Native religion was forbidden. [Watch Video]

Native American Pueblos, Distinct Languages

While there are striking similarities among the 19 Native American Pueblos in the state of New Mexico, there are distinct differences in the languages.

The three Apache Tribes of New Mexico

There are three Native American Apache tribes in New Mexico: the Jicarilla Apache, located in northern New Mexico near the Colorado Border; the Mescalero Apache, located near Ruidoso; and the Fort Sill Apache near Deming.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Since they opened their doors in 1976, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) has been the hub to recognize the 19 Native American Pueblos in the state of New Mexico.

New Mexico’s 19 Pueblos

Each of the 19 Pueblo tribes in New Mexico are a sovereign nation. At one time Pueblos tribes reached into what now is Colorado and Arizona where they established dwelling and trade centers similar to those located at Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico and Mesa Verde in southwestern Colorado.

Navajo Nation

They are the “people of the land”.  Diné is the literal translation for a nation of more than 340,000 men women and children living in a breathtaking land more than 27,000 square miles.  They are the proud, resilient Navajo Nation.

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