Celebrating History In Albuquerque
Albuquerque has a rich history, so while you’re in town, take the opportunity to visit some of the historical attractions. Learn about the area’s history that led to it’s current culture.
Gathering Of Nations Powwow
April 25th-27th, 2019
300 San Pedro Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
This event is powerful. Annually, members of various Native American nations come together to celebrate their traditional culture with dance, music, crafts, and dress. For non-natives, it’s an amazing opportunity to learn about indigenous cultures and have fun doing so. It’s the biggest Pow-Wow in North America, so don’t miss it!
American Indian Week
April 22nd-28th, 2019
2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
American Indian Week is an event loosely connected to the Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow and well worth a visit. During the week, Native American artisans display and sell their crafts, and lead workshops on Native art. You can also find dancing and Native cuisine, providing a well-rounded experience.
Old Town History Tour
The History Walking Tours lead you through the history of Albuquerque, from the Pueblo Indians to the founding of the city to the present. Tour guides discuss the arrival of the settlers and the impact of the Civil War with the tone of deep knowledge. Everyone who attends will walk out with a new respect for the city.
Jemez Historic Site
Drive just outside Albuquerque to visit the Jemez Historic Site and see the ruins of an old Native American village, as well as a Spanish church. The area was inhabited by Native Americans through the Spanish occupation from 1621 to 1640, and was only abandoned during the Pueblo Revolt in 1680. Once you’ve walked through the site and learned the history, stop by one of the nearby hot springs to relax.
Madonna of the Trail
In the 1920s, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution erected 12 statues across the country honoring the pioneer women who traveled the Old Santa Fe Trail to settle in the West. It’s a stunning piece of art made from pink marble and granite, and realistic with the woman wearing heavy-duty boots, plain clothing, and carrying an infant. Seeing it will drive home the struggles and dangers pioneer women faced.
Albuquerque Renaissance Faire
OK, so it’s not Albuquerque history, but a renaissance faire is always amazing. Every year, the City of Albuquerque arranges a Renaissance Faire with knights and jousting, medieval royalty and taverns. There’s activities for all age groups, and numerous artisans so you can buy a souvenir. Various vendors are more than willing to share their knowledge about renaissance craftsmanship, or the cultural differences over the centuries. Overall, it’s a fun and educational day!