Published September 23, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE —The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) is looking forward to hosting the 6th Annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival (AAIAF) on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, the first weekend of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The two-day festival at 2401 12th St NW is the only authentic, all–Native American art show in town during the Balloon Fiesta each year. It also kicks off a week-long celebration of Pueblo art and culture at the IPCC, including 40 traditional Native dances over the course of the Balloon Fiesta, October 6 through 14.
With its intensive application process and limit of 50 artists, AAIAF is a premier showcase for Indigenous artists creating both traditional and contemporary works of art, including jewelry, pottery, paintings, rugs, and sculpture. The festival’s format offers visitors from around the world an unparalleled opportunity to meet, talk with, and shop directly from Native artists in the heart of Albuquerque.
AAIAF also includes a book signing of Spider Woman’s Children: Navajo Weavers Today, a pottery-making demonstration by award-winning San Ildefonso potter Erik Fender, and traditional Native dances by the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers, Zuni Olla Maidens, and Sky City Buffalo Ram Dance group. The full schedule can be viewed here: https://www.indianpueblo.org/centerevent/9th-annual-balloon-fiesta-week/
“Pueblo hospitality is at the heart of everything we do here at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, so we’re thrilled for the opportunity to welcome visitors from near and far and provide an incredible cultural experience,” says Vice President of Operations Monique Fragua (Jemez Pueblo). “From authentic Native art and jewelry and traditional dances held in our courtyard to our engaging museum exhibits—we have something for everyone.”
Visitors to the IPCC during Balloon Fiesta will experience a full schedule of traditional Native dances in the mural-lined courtyard by multiple different Native dance groups, including the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers, Cellicion Traditional Dancers of Zuni Pueblo, Southern Slam Dance Group of Acoma Pueblo, and the Oak Canyon Dancers of Jemez Pueblo. Native artists will offer their creations at vendor booths in the courtyard daily, and staff and docents will be available to enrich visitors’ self-guided tours in the museum.
Visitors can complete their immersion in Pueblo culture with Native-sourced, Pueblo-inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the on-site Pueblo Harvest restaurant, whose award-winning culinary team is popular year-round for such specialties as our pre-European-contact selections, Blue Corn Piñon Pancakes, Tewa Tacos on frybread, and the Pueblo Feast’s array of stews, breads, and more.
The IPCC is located at 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104. Admission to the 6th Annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival and the week’s special cultural events are all included in normal IPCC admission:
· Members: Free
- Adults: $8.40
- Seniors (62 & over): $6.40
- Military (Active & Retired): $6.40
- New Mexico Residents: $6.40
- Students/Children (ages 5-17): $5.40
- Children under 5: Free
- Groups (15 or more): $5.40