Pride of the Pueblo: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

 
 

Kristy Alpert
Published January 14, 2016

Stories have a way of connecting people, both to the past and to each other. But for the Pueblo people of New Mexico, the art of storytelling acts as more than a cross-cultural means of unification; it’s been an integral way of celebrating and preserving the tribe’s amazing legacy through generations.

All the stories and legends of the Pueblo have historically been passed down by word of mouth throughout the years. When the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico established the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in 1976, the center became much more than a world-class museum and cultural center; it became a place that preserves and perpetuates the Pueblo culture though exciting displays, colorful artwork and interactive spaces to meet and celebrate in signature Pueblo style.

“We’re devoted to Pueblo hospitality, and we’re devoted to bringing this sense of community, this sense of gathering into our meetings,” said Boris Revilla, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center food and beverage manager. “We welcome all of our visitors as if they are part of our extended family. What we do well is bringing the Pueblo sense of tradition, bringing art, into meetings held here. We do this through setting, and we do it through food. We’re all about creating memorable experiences by inspiring our visitors through art. Just look around — the whole Cultural Center is inspired by Pueblo architecture, by the ancient structures at Chaco Canyon. And there is no space without art. Every banquet room, meeting space is home to original Native American art.”

The center is located just minutes from downtown and old town Albuquerque in New Mexico and has become the central base for advancing and deepening the general public’s understanding of the Pueblo in an authentic and dynamic way. This year the center turns 40, and to celebrate, they’re opening a new permanent exhibit called “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story” and will be offering a yearlong schedule of events to celebrate this momentous milestone. With the renovated museum and 40th anniversary on the horizon, 2016 is a great year to book a meeting at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Meeting Spaces

The level of meeting expertise at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is evident with every detail. The center can accommodate groups of 12 to 500 among the 24,000 square feet of facility space indoors and out. Nine separate and distinct spaces make it easy to customize the space based on group size. They are the Parrot Room, which holds up to 12 guests; the Pottery and Private Dining Rooms, up to 75; Chaco III, up to 50; the Silver Room, up to 50; the Turquoise Room, up to 50; the Silver and Turquoise Rooms, up to 120 joined; the Pueblo Harvest Cafe Patio, 120 to 200 guests; the Chaco Ballrooms, 175 to 250 guests; and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Courtyard, up to 500 guests.

Native Cuisine

Group dining at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is an integral part of the Pueblo experience. The creative fusion cuisine in which the kitchen at the cultural center specializes elevates Native and Southwestern cuisine to more than just stews, chilies and enchiladas. The on-site catering team of Pueblo Harvest Cafe works with groups to create personalized menus that fit the group’s needs and budget while sharing the culinary traditions of the Pueblos in a way that inspires and satisfies. Menus include traditional “feast day” food such as calabacitas, fry bread, Jemez-style enchiladas and house-made piñon butter; healthful options such as organic breakfasts and boxed lunches; and gourmet culinary adventures such as plated dinners and freshly baked pizzas. Alcohol is available.

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