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Red chili peppers drying outside of houses aren’t a common sight for most Americans, but one you would see if you visited the Pueblo of Jemez. You would also admire their artistic skill.
Pronounced “Hay Mess,” the Pueblo of Jemez is situated in north central New Mexico, less than an hour northwest of Albuquerque and just under 100 miles from Santa Fe. One of the 19 pueblos of New Mexico, it is known to the 3400+ members as “Walatowa” or “This is the Place.”
Jemez is the only remaining Towa-speaking pueblo and the community is full of language, culture, traditions and Jemez artisans. Although Jemez is well known for its pottery, they are also master crafters of baskets, woven clothes, sculptures from stone, jewelry and embroidery.
Examples of these art forms are displayed at the Pueblo of Jemez Senior Citizen Program but travelers can also purchase items at the Walatowa Visitor Center or the Open Art Market in the Red Rocks.
This year, the Council of Indian Nations (CIN) Program selected this community to receive winter preparedness boxes through our special Weatherization service. This service is important because:
Hundreds of Native American Elders in four different southwest communities received these winter preparedness supplies. The goal was to help them fight the chill and give them some ready-to-eat food items, drinks, blankets, candles, personal care products, and other supplies that would help in the case of a winter emergency. Thanks to the generosity of donors, this goal was happily met.