Mobile Workshops

Mobile Workshops
Each year, AITC kicks off with fascinating and unique mobile workshops that highlight the culture of the host tribes and foster networking opportunities for attendees to share, teach and learn from each other.

Join us as we visit some of AIANTA’s past tribal destination awardees.

Visit AIANTA’s Tribal Destinations of the Year and experience firsthand the beauty of Pueblo culture and traditions.

Mobile Workshop 1

Enjoy a Cultural Heritage Experience by visiting two of AIANTA’s Best Cultural Heritage Experience Winners – Puye Cliff Dwellings (2016-2017) and the Poeh Cultural Center (2013-2014) in beautiful Northern New Mexico, guided by Tina Whitegeese (Santa Clara Pueblo Member, Excellence in Customer Service Recipient 2016-2017).

Puye Cliff Dwellings are a National Historic Landmark and home to the ancestors of today’s Santa Clara Pueblo people. Experience one of Northern New Mexico’s most awe-inspiring cultural attractions featuring cliff & cave dwellings, early Pueblo architecture, the only Harvey House built on an Indian reservation and view the stunning panorama of the valley. Enjoy traditional dances of the Santa Clara Pueblo.

The Pueblo of Pojoaque is revitalizing and sustaining their cultural traditions in part through the efforts of the Poeh. The Poeh Cultural Center is a gathering place for respectful sustaining of Tewa traditions through being, doing and sharing. In the Tewa Pueblo language, Poeh translated to “path” and the Poeh Cultural Center embodies that pathway, the essence of what it means to be a Tewa person – to be Pueblo. The Poeh Museum strives to promote cultural preservation through curation, exhibition and interaction with all Pueblos. The Poeh Arts Program provides art education to Native Americans and especially Tewa, Tiwa, and other Pueblo Indians. Art demonstrations on site.

Photography is allowed at Puye and the Poeh Center but video recordings are not allowed.

Mobile workshop involves walking/hiking. Please wear comfortable shoes/clothing.

Schedule 7am-5pm

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 Mobile Workshop 2

This workshop includes a short stop at Laguna Pueblo, a visit to the Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum at Acoma Pueblo, and a visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Visit Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum, AIANTA’s Tribal Destination of the Year Winner (2015-2016). Rich in cultural and architecture, the Center and Museum serve as the gateway to Acoma’s “Sky City.” A part of New Mexico’s cultural heritage, Sky City is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. Still occupied year round without water or electricity, Sky City is built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff in a valley studded with sacred, towering monoliths.

Photography Guidelines : Permits for cameras must be purchased at the Sky City Cultural Center prior to photographing on the Acoma lands. No photography is allowed inside the Church or within the cemetery courtyard.

Dress Code: Dress comfortably, however out of respect for their religious leaders who reside on the mesa year round, please no revealing clothing. If staff or Pueblo representatives feel your clothing is inappropriate, you will be asked to cover up. Limited pieces of clothing are available to borrow during the visit.

Visit the gateway to the 19 Pueblo Tribes – the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center owned and operated by the 19 Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico is AIANTA’s Tribal Destination of the Year (2013-2014). “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story” exhibit shares the Pueblo people’s legacy of resilience, telling the Pueblo story in the words and voices of Pueblo people. The exhibit’s design is inspired by traditions that have been passed down for generations, and the displays honor our land and all living things.

Ricardo Cate, Without Reservations – featured artist in gallery until January 2019 will keep you smiling through his entertaining viewpoints and native humor.

Mobile workshop involves walking/hiking. Please wear comfortable shoes/clothing.

Schedule 8am-5pm

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Mobile Workshop 3 

Visit the capital city of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ – The Navajo Nation Museum has extensive holdings of art, ethnographic, archaeological, and archival materials. Their archives collection includes over 40,000 photographs as well as a wide variety of documents, recordings, motion picture film, and videos. Authors, researchers, and publishers heavily use the archives, as a source for historical photographs. Visit a traditional medicine man in a traditional Hogan, the primary, traditional dwelling of the Navajo people.

The Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park is the only Native American owned-and-operated Zoo in the Country within a tribally designated park receiving over 40,000 visitors each year. The Navajo Zoo is “a Sanctuary for Nature and the Spirit.” Visitors have the unique opportunity to connect with over 50 animal species native to the Navajo Nation.

Lastly, visit the Veteran’s Memorial park dedicated to the Navajo Code talkers of WWII. If you love Native American history then the men who fought for the USA will inspire you. The victory in the Pacific arena of that war was attributed to the Navajo code talkers providing secure communications for the US military. Since the Navajo language is not a written language, the Japanese could not study the words nor interpret the communications during the war. Meet and greet a Veteran and the President and Vice President of the Navajo Nation.

Mobile workshop involves walking/hiking. Please wear comfortable shoes/clothing.

Schedule 7am-5pm

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