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Native American Culture in New Mexico

Experience New Mexico's Vibrant Native Communities and Cultures

From northwest to southeast and just about everywhere in between, New Mexico’s Native presence is palpable. 

It’s a presence that dates back more than two millennia, when early ancestral Tribes lived as hunter-gatherers throughout the Southwest. More than 1,000 years ago, some of these groups joined together to establish permanent settlements, commonly known as Pueblos. It’s a way of life that continues to this very day among New Mexico’s 23 Pueblos, Tribes, and nations. And one that you can experience when visiting the many Native communities that welcome respectful guests into their sovereign nations. Explore New Mexico’s Pueblos, Tribes, and nations for more information and history.

Know Before You Go

New Mexico is home to 23 Native American Tribes, Pueblos, and Nations which have their own languages, different cultures, governments, laws, and visitor policies. The Tribes have practiced their way of life and traditional ceremonies since time immemorial and are living communities. Most welcome visitors, often depending on the time of year, and we highly recommend calling ahead. For more information please visit this page.


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