Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

photo from @indianpueblo on Twitter

Name: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Tribe: Pueblo
Location: 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Type: Cultural Heritage Center, Museum, Library/Archive, Event Space, Café
Visiting Info: Museum: Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm (Shumakolowa Gifts closes at 5:30); Pueblo Harvest Café & Bakery: Mon-Thur, 8am-8:30pm, Fri-Sat, 8am–9pm, Sunday Brunch 8am–4pm; Museum admission: $3-$6
Contact: Website, telephone 866-855-7902

The logo of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in downtown Albuquerque says, "Gateway to the 19 Pueblos of NM," and it is a great spot for visitors to get a multifaceted introduction to Pueblo culture.

The museum's permanent exhibits detail the history of the people, and a series of small galleries displays contemporary art and pottery from each pueblo, describing the differences in style and form. A small theater has short films highlighting Pueblo artists, and murals from a special project that began in 1976 are displayed on the walls around the Center. The South Galleries and Avanyu Gallery host changing temporary exhibits.

One highlight of most visitors' experience is the dance exhibition hosted by the IPCC every weekend year-round. Performances are scheduled on Fridays at 2pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm in the Courtyard.

photo from IPCC on Facebook

The Shumak'olo:wa Native Arts store is really more of an fine art dealer than a typical museum gift shop. The pieces they have for sale are carefully curated and the staff is particularly knowledgeable about traditional and contemporary Southwest Native art. Prices reflect the artistry and authenticity of the pieces, but customers can trust that they are supporting Native artists and their community. They have some of their pieces for sale online, in addition to a guide for collecting authentic Native American art.

Green chile and bacon pancakes
photo from Pueblo Harvest's Facebook page

The Pueblo Harvest Café and Bakery serves Native/Southwestern cuisine all day with a view of the Sandia Mountains. They also host live music on the patio most nights from 6-9pm. The Café is accessible even if you don't visit the Center's exhibits, and there is a private event space.

The IPCC runs a free shuttle service  between the Center, their Holiday Inn Express & Suites across the street, the Old Town section of Albuquerque, and the Albuquerque Biological Park Zoo. (Note, the Four Winds Travel Center convenience store and gas station on the corner is also Pueblo-owned.)

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