Pueblo Etiquette In New Mexico

A pueblo is a name that was originally given to the Indigenous Americans who lived in stone or adobe communal houses in what is now New Mexico. The term pueblo is still used for the villages occupied by the Indigenous Americans to this day.

Whether doing it on a feast day or on a guided tour, visiting a pueblo is a special and memorable experience. But remember that every time you visit a pueblo, you are visiting someone’s home.

Here are some important tips to keep in mind:
  • You would never walk into someone’s home uninvited, so never walk or drive into a pueblo without checking in at the Visitor’s Centre first.
  • It’s polite to accept invitations to eat, even if you eat or drink only a little.
  • Alcohol, pets, cell phones and removal of pottery shards or rocks are prohibited.
  • If photos are allowed, a camera permit must be purchased and photograph restrictions of certain areas or objects must be strictly adhered to.
  • Sacred kivas (underground ceremonial chambers) and graveyards are off-limits.
  • Make use of the public restrooms inside the Visitors Centre as public restrooms may not be available inside the pueblo.
  • Dances are religious ceremonies; please refrain from clapping.
  • Be sure to observe posted regulations; you are subject to the tribal laws.
Pueblos are open to the public during some festivals and feast days. For schedules, restrictions and guided tours, go to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre.

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