Pueblo of Pojoaque
Our History, Your Destination
Pojoaque or “Po-suwae-geh Owingeh” meaning water gathering place. Come for the many food and entertainment venues and fall in love with the traditional culture and arts. Pojoaque is not only a tourism destination but a local community made of Native American culture dating back centuries.
In one account of Tewa Origins, all of the known Tewa people dispersed to their present villages from Pojoaque, thereby making Pojoaque the “mother” village for all of the historic Tewa people. It is likely that the ancestors of the Pojoaque people migrated into the general vicinity of the present Pueblo from the Four Corners region late in the first millennium.
The Pojoaque people have historically confronted many threats to their survival long before we were able to discern their presence in the Rio Grande Valley. There were periodic droughts, plagues of grasshoppers, pestilence, and the advent of the Navajo and Apache peoples into the Southwest sometime in the 15th century, sustaining and unremitting raids of warfare. There were also likely encroachments by neighbors in times of general food shortages. Eventually, there was the great migration to the Rio Grande Valley itself. All of these factors represented profound threats to the Pojoaque people’s continuity. The Pojoaque people endured despite these adversities is evident as we look at the cultural vitality reflected in the Pueblo today. It is against this background that the invasion and subsequent colonization by the Spanish beginning in the 1540 must be assessed. The Spaniards represented just one more threat to be met and overcome, and the people met it with the same pragmatism with which they met all past challenges. They took what they considered to be good from the encounter and they rejected that which they considered threatening to their cultural integrity. A bloody revolt was waged by all Pueblo peoples in 1680 over the subjects of greatest contention between the two peoples – religious persecution and cultural oppression.
Arts & Culture
Poeh Cultural Center and Museum
Imagine authentic Native American arts and the opportunity to interact directly with a Pueblo tour guide. The Poeh Center emphasizes cultural preservation and revitalization through the arts and cultures of all Pueblo People – with a focus on the Tewa-speaking Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara and Tesuque; and the Tiwa-speaking Pueblos of Picuris and Taos.
An art museum in itself, Hilton Buffalo Thunder is home to hundreds of pieces of unique art, sculptures and architecture- every room offers hand-designed furnishings and work by local artists, including Pueblo of Pojoaque Governor George Rivera.
While you explore the resort, you will find works of art representing every Native Tribe within New Mexico. We hope that you take the opportunity to explore our over 300 one of a kind pieces located throughout our gallery-like surroundings.
Explore the surroundings of Hilton Buffalo Thunder
Relaxing by the pool is always a great idea but when you want to experience what Northern New Mexico has to offer we've got you covered. From kid's activites to wine tours we have a little bit of everything to get you started.