Balloon Fiesta® Week at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center was pleased to host 11 days of special events to coincide with this year’s Balloon Fiesta®, starting on Friday, October 1st and running through Monday, October 11th. Activities included IPCC’s Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival during Balloon Fiesta’s opening weekend on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd, as well as an expanded schedule of cultural Native dances that kicked off on Friday, October 1st and ran through Monday, October 11th. IPCC also hosted an Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration on Monday, October 11th. See photo and video highlights below.
The IPCC Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival is the only authentic, all–Native American art show in town during the Balloon Fiesta. This premier event showcased the work of 45 artists and gave visitors the opportunity to meet, talk with, and shop directly from Native artists. The two-day festival also included cultural Native dances and artist demonstrations.
Each day from 9:00AM-4:00PM, IPCC’S mural-lined courtyard had multiple Native dances and was filled with Native artists selling their handcrafted art and jewelry. Guests were also able to shop for authentic Native art at the Indian Pueblo Store and experienced immersive exhibits and learned about Pueblo history and culture. In addition, visitors enjoyed authentic Indigenous cuisine at IPCC’s acclaimed restaurant, Indian Pueblo Kitchen.
IPCC’s museum exhibits include the permanent exhibit “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story” and rotating exhibits “HERitage: Pueblo Women Paving Cultural Pathways” and “ReLocated: Urban Migration, Perseverance and Adaptation”. Guests can also experience the Artists Circle Gallery, which is now showing an exhibit by Laura Fragua-Cota (Jemez Pueblo) called “Our Ancestors: Our Historical Strength”.
“We were delighted to welcome guests from around the world for what was a very special 11 days at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center,” said Beverlee McClure, VP of Cultural and Community Engagement at IPCC. “We offer a truly unforgettable cultural experience, with amazing art, dance, history, food and—of course—our celebrated Pueblo hospitality.”
— Beverlee McClure, VP of Cultural and Community Engagement at IPCC
IPCC was also proud to present cultural Native dances by the Sky City Buffalo Ram Dancers on Balloon Fiesta®’s main stage at Balloon Fiesta Park on the morning of Friday, October 8th. The well-known dance group drew a large crowd and were very well received.
Immediately following Balloon Fiesta® week on Monday, October 11th, New Mexico’s Native American tribes gathered with civic officials and the public at IPCC to celebrate New Mexico’s statewide Indigenous Peoples Day. This event was open to all and included dignitaries, Native dances, a historical presentation and artist demonstrations.