Taos, New Mexico - For the 26th year in a row, Taos Pueblo will celebrate the Taos Pow Wow from July 8 through 10 – unifying a number of Indian Nations in a common circle of friendship. The unforgettable three day celebration is open to the public and features arts and crafts from various pueblos, a dance competition, a drum roll call contest, intertribal dancing, and traditional food.
The term "pow wow" comes from the Algonquin Indian nation, meaning "a gathering of spiritual leaders." The weekend long event traditionally begins with a grand entry of dancers who are adorned with traditional wear and carry an eagle feather staff, which is a universal symbol used by Native Americans throughout the country.
Admission to the Pow Wow is $10 per person per day or $20 for a three-day pass. Children 10 and under are free. Camera fees are an additional $10 per camera; video cameras are $15 each. Please ask permission before taking pictures of pueblo members. Gates open at 10 a.m. on all three days of the event. For more information call (575) 741-0974 or (575) 741-0181.
Visitors to Taos Pueblo can also experience a sacred Native American event with the annual “San Juan Feast Day” on Friday, June 24 beginning at 7:30 a.m at the pueblo’s San Geronimo Catholic Church. Visitors will have a chance to see a traditional footrace, corn dance and can purchase pueblo-made wares at a number of pueblo art shops beginning at 1 p.m. No cameras, please.
Events like the Taos Pow Wow and San Juan Feast Day have been celebrated by generations of Taos Pueblo natives – many whose art may be displayed in the upcoming “Art of Taos Pueblo” exhibit at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos from July 1 through September 11, 2011.
An opening reception takes place on Thursday, July 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a guided tour scheduled for Tuesday, July 12 at 10 a.m. and a panel discussion slated for August 28. The Taos Pueblo artwork includes watercolors, woodblock prints pencil and pen and ink drawings, turquoise jewelry and textiles.
For more information on the Art of Taos Pueblo exhibit, visit www.millicentrogers.org.
For more information on Taos Pueblo, visit www.taospueblo.com or call (575) 758-1028 or email email@example.com.