Santa Fe has a strong connection with the Native Pueblo people of Northern New Mexico. For the 2018 Indigenous Peoples Day celebration groups representing many of the 23 Tribes in the area will be sharing traditional performances on the Santa Fe Plaza. Joining numerous cities across the nation, the City of Santa Fe in 2016 officially designated the second Monday of October annually as Indigenous Peoples Day.  A [blog_link url="" text="Resolution" date="2017-09-19"] was passed unanimously by the Governing Body of Santa Fe, which honors and recognizes the contributions of Native Americans to the history and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the United States.  Santa Fe reserves the day to take time to honor and uphold its valued Native American neighbors from the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico, urban Indian citizens, and all of the wonderful Native American arts, culture and educational institutions that give Santa Fe such a strong sense of place.

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Red Turtle Pueblo Dance Group dancing the Butterfly Dance (Photo courtesy: TOURISM Santa Fe)

This year, there will be a free 3 day-long event October 6-8, 2018, at the historic Santa Fe Plaza commemorating and celebrating Santa Fe’s Native American community members, friends and neighbors. Santa Fe is deeply proud to embrace its rich cultural diversity and the prolific and profound contributions that its first peoples brought and continue to bring to the City, which are interwoven and visible throughout, including in the architecture.  Enchanted by the beautifully diverse multi-cultural landscape of Santa Fe, visitors from all over the world come to The City Different to experience authentic Native American art and culture throughout the year.

Fancy shawl dancer, Ella Bearsheart (Lakota) (Photo courtesy: TOURISM Santa Fe)

The schedule of dances, singing, drumming, and sharing of culture and information on the Plaza for Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day 2018 was created with input and recommendations of Tribal Leaders and Tribal Tourism partners.  Event programming includes award winning dancing, drumming and singing throughout the day and local Native American non-profit arts, education and culture organizations are participating with community outreach tables and booths on the plaza.

Santa Fe tourists enjoy taking a selfie with Native American Fancy Dancers during Indigenous Peoples Day

Santa Fe tourists enjoy taking a selfie with Native American Fancy Dancers (Photo Courtesy: TOURISM Santa Fe)

George Rivera, the event chair and past Governor of the Pueblo of Pojoaque says, “Collaboration, recognition, and celebration are the focus of Indigenous Peoples Day.  The event provides an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience Native culture and expand their knowledge and appreciation of indigenous communities in New Mexico.”

The City commissioned noted Jemez Pueblo artist George Toya to create the artwork for the Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day celebration that is being featured in commemorative and promotional materials, including a poster and t-shirts that will be for sale on the Plaza with the proceeds going to the Santa Fe Indian Center.

Champion Dancer Larry Yazzie (Navajo/Meskwaki Nation) leads the Native Pride Dancers with an Eagle Dance (Photo courtesy: TOURISM Santa Fe)


Saturday, October 6th - Santa Fe Historic Plaza:

  • 12:00pm – 3:45pm       Native American Dancing Groups

Sunday, October 7th - Santa Fe Historic Plaza:

  • 12:00pm – 3:45pm       Native American Dancing Groups

Monday, October 8th - Santa Fe Historic Plaza:

  • 9:30am – 10:00am        Morning Flute & Prayer
  • 10:00am -11:30am        Dignitary Event w/Mayor and Tribal Leaders
  • 12:00pm - 12:45pm      Drumming Group
  • 1:00pm – 1:45pm         Zuni Pueblo Souring Eagle Dance Group
  • 2:00pm – 2:45pm         Hopi Dance Group
  • 3:00pm – 3:45pm         Pueblo of Tesuque Buffalo Dance Group
  • 4:00pm – 4:45pm         Lightning Boy Hoop Dancers (Inter-Tribal)
  • 5:00pm – 5:30pm         Closing Prayer

Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day 2018 is brought to you by the City of Santa Fe and TOURISM Santa Fe, in collaboration with the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico.

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