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Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
708 Camino Lejo Santa Fe, NM 87501
North Central

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture reminds visitors—in dramatic fashion—that New Mexico was diverse well before Europeans made their way to the American Southwest. Founded in 1909, through a need to systematically collect and preserve all before it was lost. In 1927, John D. Rockefeller founded the Laboratory of Anthropology specifically to study indigenous cultures of the area. Together the two institutions have grown to become the premier repository of material culture and an expansive exhibition to celebrate Native arts and lifeways. Here, Now, and Always, a major exhibition in the Amy Rose Bloch Wing shows more than 1,300 artifacts was collaboratively produced over a period of eight years by Native American elders, artists, scholars, teachers, builders, writers and museum professionals. Voices of fifty Native Americans guide visitors through indigenous communities and their challenging landscapes and offer poetry, story, song and scholarly discussion along the way. In the Buchsbaum Gallery of Southwestern Pottery, ancient artforms and artistic evolution meet with selections from the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona represent the development of a community tradition over thousands of years including contemporary pottery pieces by artists grounded in generations past. The museum continues to grow through its changing exhibitions, Living Traditions Education Center, long-respected research library, online resources, and effective connection with Native communities.