Jemez Pueblo Elders tell their stories to visitors

Created: 07/09/2014 5:52 PM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4

One of the best things about living in New Mexico is the history and tradition all around us.

This week, you have a rare opportunity to learn about those traditions first-hand, at the scene of beautiful, ancient ruins. Pueblo Elders at the Jemez historic site are telling their stories to visitors this week.

Accomplished artist Andrea Fragua creates authentic Jemez pueblo pottery. Andrea continues the tradition of her ancestors. She also shares her culture with visitors at the Jemez historic site in Jemez Springs.

A grant allows Jemez tribal elders to share their cultural knowledge of this ancient pueblo.

"The program is a chance for the public to interact with tribal members, ask questions about their culture, and about the site, and get straight forward answers told from a Jemez perspective," said Jemez historic site manager Matthew Barbour.

For centuries the Jemez people thrived here, and they continue to thrive here sharing their culture with the rest of us.

"It is their land, so it's important that you recognize and know the ancestors here, and the traditions held by the Pueblos," said visitor Greg Foraker. 

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