The Arts Council, an existing council established in 1987 with a Governor-approved representative from each Pueblo, provides community representation and wisdom on the cultural projects needed. Priorities for the Poeh Center are set with guidance from the Council.
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.
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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
Elizabeth Duran – Pueblo of Pojoaque
Erik Fender – San Ildefonso Pueblo
John Garcia – Santa Clara Pueblo
Bea Duran – Tesuque Pueblo
Clarence Cruz – Ohkay Owingeh
Lonnie Vigil – Nambe Pueblo
By Tribal Council resolution, the Poeh Cultural Center was established along with land use allocation designated in an 1988 plan, allows commercial development suitable for the cultural center expansion.
The Poeh Center museum opened in October of 1991 within the old Tourist Information Center.
In the spring of 1996, Poeh Arts moved into Phase I of its three-acre Poeh Center complex, a new 7,560 square foot classroom/studio space build with traditional adobe methods and a four story sun tower. Houses the Poeh Art’s pottery, jewelry and sculpture studios.
In late 1999, Pueblo of Pojoaque Construction Services Corporation completed construction of Phase II, an 18,966 square foot structure. First floor will house the Museum with second floor complete for offices.
A 10,000 square foot Poeh Museum opened in fall 2002.
The Permanent Collection was unveiled on August 14, 2005.
Open: TH & FR 10am-4pm
78 Cities of Gold Road
Santa Fe, NM 87506
Museum Info: (505) 455-5041
Administration: (505) 455-5040