Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
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19 Native Cultures in One Stop
Operated by a consortium of New Mexico's 19 Pueblos, this cultural center is a great jumping off point to learn about history Native American culture. Dancing from local Pueblos and visiting tribes is often on display offering insight into the religion, culture, and history of each troupe. Although witnessing the dances at the Cultural Center doesn't offer the full experience viewing them at the Pueblos does, it does have one benefit: Dancers often explain the rituals and their regalia. In prime visiting times, dances are offered daily; otherwise, check the schedule in advance for times. The Pueblo Harvest Cafe is easy to bypass, but it's a top spot for traditional and modern Pueblo fare. On the traditional, down-home side, there's mutton stew and fry bread. And on the elevated side, entrees include cedar plank salmon or rainbow trout. At the Shumak’olo:wa Gifts shop, you're sure to find authentic jewelry and other creations, but, as with most museum gift shops, the price tags rarely offer bargains.
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