The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico seeks to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo Culture and honor the accomplishments of these people as well as their history. The IPCC offers community programs that celebrate the Pueblo Culture and educate visitors on varying aspect of Pueblo life.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center was first opened in August of 1976. Under guidance from the Tribal Councils of the 19 Pueblos, an institution had been created to preserve, protect, and educate the community on Pueblo culture and history.
The Center was constructed on land that was deeded to the 19 Pueblos for the Albuquerque Indian School and was modeled after the Pueblo Bonito that is in Chaco Canyon. IPCC also features a plaza for outdoor events, gallery space, auditorium, and a restaurant at this time. The Research Center was established in 1977 and the next year educational programming was being offered at the center through lecture series, University Courses being offered, and the founding of the Research Library.
The Center has since undergone many renovations and expansions, including the addition of a McDonalds and Starbucks to the campus, as well as a Gift Shop, and a new Pueblo House in 2006. The IPCC hosts traditional dances and other events for the community that are educational and fun.
The Museum is open 7 days a week and closed on select holidays. Pueblo Harvest Café and Shumakolowa Native Arts Shop have hours that vary from the museum. Details can be found on the website. Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries and all ground floors areas are wheel chair accessible.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Museum
The museum is where the history, culture and art of the 19 Pueblos Is featured. The permanent collections are comprised of thousands of artifacts including renowned Pueblo pottery, weavings, jewelry, art and photographs. Exhibits rotate to showcase various pieces from the permanent collection as well as traveling exhibits. IPCC also features 20 murals by Native Pueblo artists including Tommy Montoya, Helen Hardin, and Norman Pacheco.
The permanent exhibit at The Indian Pueblo Culture Center Museum is “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story.” This exhibit was opened in 2016 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Cultural Center and highlights the accomplishments of the Pueblo people.
Self Guided Tours- The Center is designed for self-guided tours, allowing visitors to explore at their leisure. There are many interactive displays and artifacts to view at the IPCC.
Weekly Walk In Mural Discovery Tours- Every Friday at 1pm, The Mural Discovery Tour is led by a museum docent volunteer and is included in museum general admission. This tour showcases 9 of the 0 murals in the museum collection and paintings by legendary Pueblo artists from the area.
Group Tours- Private tours can be arranged for groups of 15 or more. Groups receive discounted admission and should be reserved at least one week in advance.
Pueblo Harvest Café
This full-service restaurant is located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and is known for its New Native American Cuisine that features traditional Pueblo flavors with contemporary styles of cooking. The menu changes seasonally and seeks to promote Native food and make it accessible to the community.
The Café was founded in 1976 and is owned by the 19 Pueblos. The café is decorated in Pueblo art and patrons have the option of dining on the outdoor patio overlooking the Sandia Mountains. There is also live music on the weekends and brunch offered on Sundays.
Shumakolowa Native Arts
This shop features handcrafted Native Pueblo art and other Southwestern Native artists. The shop guarantees every piece of fine art to be authentic and includes a certification process with every piece. Visitors can also shop online.
There are many annual and special events that are hosted at the IPCC. A fully detailed events calendar can be found on the IPCC website. Some of the annual events that visitors look forward to every year include:
· Resilience Run Fundraiser
· Native American student Art Show
· American Indian Week: Pueblo Days
· Annual Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Gala Fundraiser
· Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival
· Pueblo Film Festival
· Pueblo Shop & Stroll: A Fireside tradition
· Pueblo Gingerbread House Content
Native Dances: Every weekend, year-round, IPCC hosts a traditional Native American Dance from the 19 Pueblos. Plains, Navajo, Apache, and Hopi Dancers also perform at the center. The IPCC is the only cultural institution in the United States with year-round dance programming being offered every weekend.
2401 12th street NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104, website, Phone: 505-843-7270
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