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Native American Dances in May

by beatchfre

Hi there,

I've been living in Santa Fe for 2 years now (I'm originally from Scotland), but I've only been to one Native American dance (down at Cochiti pueblo). My parents are coming to visit me in May and I understand that there are two dances on May 3rd :-)

(1) Santa Cruz Feast Day and Corn Dance at Cochiti Pueblo
(2) Blessing of the Fields and Corn Dance at Taos Pueblo.

My dad is absolutely crazy about the Southwest, the whole "Cowboys and Indians" thing, Route 66, etc. He wanted to be a cowboy when he was a boy. ANYWAY...

Does anyone know what these two dance are like? I could take them to both, but that would just be too long a day, so what would you think would be more appealing to the tourist? I want them to see dancing, big Chief's featther... "hat", etc. What is the bigger event? What is the nicest looking pueblo? What draws more visitors?

Thanks in advance for any replies.

- Best regards,


Re: Native American Dances in May

by prometheus

If you haven't been to Taos, I'd suggest this would be a good visit. It has a very picturesque pueblo...multistoried. Plus you could see the sights at Taos which has many art galleries and a nice plaza. The Rio Grande gorge bridge has pretty spectacular view, about 900 feet above the river.

Of course, Cochiti is much closer to Santa Fe so would take less time. If you go to Cochiti, there is a good scenic hike at nearby Tent Rocks park...worthwhile as a visit in itself.

Don't expect to see head dresses and feathers like in the Hollywood movies. The pueblo indians have a diferent sort of dress.

The dances I have seen have been circle dances with the audience watching from the outside. They can last for hours. There are usually booths with items for sale.

Happy trails!

Re: Native American Dances in May

by casden

I'd agree that Toas Pueblo would be a great place for them to see, but I'm not sure that they will have ceremonial dances this month. I think that they just had there Santa Cruz Dance also. Take a look at there WebSite:


RE: Native American Dances in May

by katezr

You should definitely take them to Taos. I remember being personally a bit disappointed when I saw a dance there, because some the of the dancing men were earing jeans... It did not seem 100% authentic to me, but then what do you expect, with a whole bunch of tourists always watching... But it's worth seeing. I was there with a Dutch friend and he really liked it, he was very attentive through the whole dance (normally, he isn't :). If your dad is so crazy about cowboys-indians (does he read Carl May?), he's gonna love it. Taos, the town, has a nice plaza to visit.

Travel Tips for Santa Fe

Unlimited number of art galleries/culture

by jumpingnorman

Because of the beautiful scenery and the rich history of Santa Fe, there are several artists in town.

Art galleries are everywhere and it’s almost impossible not to see one of them when you are in Santa Fe.

The most notable are:
Canyon Road
Railroad District and SITE Santa Fe
West Palace Arts District
New Mexico Museum of Art
Georgia O’Keefe Museum
Museum of International Folk Art
Institute of American Indian Arts
Shidoni Foundry

There is no shortage of places for culture-lovers in Santa Fe! I am not one of them (I just occasionally watch plays and music)…but there is the Santa Fe Opera, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Symphony and Orchestra and the Desert Chorale.

Chiles are the Essence of Santa Fe

by SFHulaGIrl

Chiles can be bought everywhere throughout Santa Fe for use in cooking or for decorative use. Santa Feans order either red or green chile. Red chile is dried; green chile is fresh. The red chile reputedly has more "fire," but I personally prefer the green. If you can't make up your mind, order your entree "Chrismas" style, with BOTH red & green chile!

Worth finding-Rancho de Chimayo

by johnfrompalatineil

Take 285 to the Nambe turnoff, continue to the third cattle guard, turn right past the second arroyo and turn left by the double wide (Note: exaggeration, do not use these directions).
Here are the real directions:

See where the real locals live on your way to Rancho De Chimayo restaurant. Food is excellent and place does great business in a semi-remote area. It is worth the drive!

Tesuque Glassworks

by rexvaughan

About 6 miles north of Santa Fe is the little village of Tesuque which is home to the Tesuque Glassworks founded in 1975 by Charlie Miner. I found it a very pleasant surprise to see glass blowing in New Mexico but this small studio and gallery produces some very fine objects d’art plus it is an enjoyable experience to watch the process at close hand. You see the artists start with the molten fluid and turn it into various shapes of various colors.

Because we did not know about them and therefore did not allow time, we were unable to see two other galleries next to the glassworks, Shidoni Bronze Foundry and Gallery and the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden. Just from passing by and reading about them, next time we will allow time for them as well. They appear to be well worth anyone’s time.

Bishop's Lodge Road
PO Box 146, Tesuque, NM 87574

Canyon Road

by hobanma about Misc

Canyon Road is mostly art galleries but there are some other shops as well. You can also find some very good restaurants there. Bring lots of $$$!

But you can find inexpensive stuff, too. We bought a nice framed watercolor for around $100.


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