Of the 19 American Indian pueblos in the area, five are immediately outside of Albuquerque. This cultural center shows the various groups’ differences (in language, for instance), as well as their common beliefs, in a museum that’s a little old-fashioned but still interesting—especially the displays of the various craft specialties from each pueblo. What’s best about the place, though, are the demonstration dances put on in the central courtyard—it may feel a little touristy to sit and gawk, but it’s the only chance to see the beautiful costumes and hear the powerful drumming outside of a pueblo ceremony. Performances are at 11AM and 2PM from April through October and noon the rest of the year. If you want to see a dance at a pueblo, check with the information desk for a schedule—your visit might coincide with a feast day or other occasion. There’s also a good craft shop here and a decent café.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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