Here, at the Poeh, old rhythms of life and ways of making beauty are still important. People bring beauty to the world on a pathway of being, doing and sharing called the Poeh. In the Tewa Pueblo language Poeh translates to “path” and the Poeh Cultural Center embodies that pathway, the essence of what it means to be a Tewa person – to be Pueblo.
Like all Tewa Pueblos of northern New Mexico, the Pueblo of Pojoaque or it’s traditional Po’su wae geh name, which translates to “water gathering place”, was systematically stripped of its culture, and traditions by European contact in the 16th century. The Pueblo of Pojoaque is revitalizing and sustaining their cultural traditions in part through the efforts of the Poeh. In 1988, the Pueblo of Pojoaque established the Poeh Cultural Center as the first permanent tribally owned and operated mechanism for cultural preservation and revitalization within the Pueblo communities of the northern Rio Grande Valley. The Poeh has since become a resource for Pueblo people to learn the arts and culture of their ancestors. The facility itself resembles a traditional Pueblo village with its adjacent art studio buildings and outdoor gathering areas. The Center emphasizes arts and cultures of all Pueblo People with focus on the Tewa-speaking Pueblos of Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara, Tesuque and Nambe.
The Poeh is guided by planning sessions with Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Council, elected Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Officials, Poeh Advisory Committee, Poeh staff, students, faculty and local community members. After twenty-five years the Poeh conducted strategic planning and the outcome has initiated an even greater emphasis in Tewa cultural values. A new vision statement, mission statement, mission objectives and strategic themes guide the center in becoming a greater asset to the community by uniquely promoting Tewa values in its organizational principles.
OUR VISION STATEMENT
Making life beautiful by bringing harmony into our lives.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
A gathering place for the respectful sustaining of Tewa traditions through being, doing and sharing.
OUR MISSION OBJECTIVES
Being – Acknowledging the respectful awareness of the place, people and circumstances is necessary to being in harmony. Being is the process, the manner in which anything is done.
Tribal Historic Preservation Office
Tribal Archives & Library
Doing – Teaching that life and creativity are inseparable. Doing is part of the life path, the creating and expressing of one’s soul is essential to harmony within one’s social context.
Sharing – Living people find meaning in relationships between themselves and others. Reciprocal love and caring are important, as each person becomes a part of the whole.
Our Advisory Committee
(Three Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Members & Three Non-Pojoaque Tewa Tribal Members)
Elizabeth Duran – Pueblo of Pojoaque
Jeremy Montoya – Pueblo of Pojoaque
David Trujillo – Pueblo of Pojoaque
Erik Fender – San Ildefonso Pueblo
Roxanne Swentzell – Santa Clara Pueblo
Louie Hena – Tesuque Pueblo
78 Cities of Gold Road
Santa Fe, NM 87506
Museum Info: (505) 455-5041
Administration: (505) 455-5040