Our Path: Our Mission

A gathering place for the respectful sustaining of Tewa traditions through being, doing and sharing.

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.

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