Global Running & Arts Festival

The Festival at the Poeh Cultural Center in Pojoaque Pueblo will provide an opportunity to pick up your race packets and to check out art created by more than 30 indigenous artists. Without Reservations cartoonist Ricardo Cate’ will participate along with a group of Tarahumara artisans from Copper Canyon, Mexico will have traditional arts and crafts including their famous tire sole running huaraches. Original running-themed art will also be featured at the Festival!

A Culture of Healing

Come Celebrate A Culture of Healing. We’re inviting the community to this FREE family event, where there will be fancy cars, your local bands, a bounce house for the children, along with face painting, a climbing wall. While you enjoy this culture, we’ll have contests, and hopefully you can walk away with a piece of art from your local artists, if not at least you’ll enjoy the dance groups! We also encourage to participate in the workshops given by the Recovery Community of New Mexico

Soular Power & Dancing Colors Exhibit


OPEN NOW until Oct 2nd!


Dancing Colors: Contemporary Pueblo Embroidered Regalia

This exhibit features the work of Poeh Cultural Center art students who have been working with Shawn Tafoya from Santa Clara to create embroidered kilts, sashes and other traditional Pueblo dance regalia.


Soular Powered: Facebook Swarm Photography Exhibit and Contest

This exhibit features the photos of stunning New Mexico sunsets submitted to the Poeh by our Facebook friends. Our panel of judges will determine the image that best represents the soul of our spectacular New Mexico sunsets.

Family Easter Day

Welcome all! Meet the Easter Bunny!!!! Enjoy music, games, and activities. Free Admission!
Egg toss @ 10:00
Egg race @ 10:30
Meet the Easter Bunny @ 11:00
Egg hunt @ 11:30

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680: Causes, Revolts & Aftermath

Porter Swentzell will conduct a presentation on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 here at the Poeh Cultural Center. Event is free of charge and open to the public.

The lecture will follow the 2018 Spring Exhibit Opening and Fashion Showcase with featured artists Claver Garcia  of Ohkay Owingeh and David Naranjo of Santa Clara Pueblo.

Porter Swentzell is from Santa Clara Pueblo, where he grew up participating in traditional life in his community and developed an interest in language and cultural preservation. He is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Liberal Studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Porter holds a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations in History and Political Science from Western New Mexico University in Silver City and a BA in Integrated Studies with an Emphasis in Pueblo Indian Studies from Northern New Mexico College in Española. He is currently a PhD student at Arizona State University in the School of Social Transformation. Porter lives at Santa Clara Pueblo with his partner and three children.

Spring Exhibit 2018

Claver Garcia & David Naranjo

We welcome you to join us for the Opening Reception with our featured artists David Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) and Claver Garcia (Ohkay Owingeh)

Reception begins at 5pm and will include Fashion Showcase by David Naranjo. A lecture on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 will follow by Institute of American Indian Arts Faculty Porter Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo) at 6pm.

For more info please call (505) 455-5041

Remember the Revolt to Create a Revolution

Curatorial Statement

Revolution is as much action as it is prophesy, and those motivated to act often do so with the hope of producing enduring positive change. While remembrances of revolution, such as the 1680 Pueblo Revolt are important as centennial commemorations, the works of Claver Garcia (OK) and David Naranjo (Santa Clara) reveal through different media and process, the spirit of revolution made personal in every day life.

Claver’s paintings remind us of the importance of retelling the story of the Revolt any time of year. Whether it be the faceless runners in Po Pay Day, into which any face can be superimposed, to the rear of Tesuque Runners Warn Their Village, the urgency of memory is apparent. His paintings, as well as the chromatic patterns rendered on magnets, remind us of the challenges contemporary Pueblo people face to retain identity in the midst of drastic cultural adaptation and change. The urgency of memory cannot be diminished, even in the ashes of razed villages and churches, so that people can continue to ask themselves, “What have we learned from this trauma, and how can we grow as we look to the future?”

David’s work stands at the fore of that future, as he utilizes contemporary digital technologies to render traditional Tewa designs in new media. His work shows us how “traditional” media changes as new materials are made available to each generation. They are interpretations of patterns that have been created and rendered with digital plotters and printers that have revolutionized the creative process and products of culture-based thought. His work stands like a young moccasin-clad man straddling the divide between analog and digital. We must remember that tradition is as much, and maybe even moreso a behavior as it is media, and that the tradition expressed in David’s work is that of adornment.

Stephen Fadden, 2018


David Naranjo

David Naranjo is from the pueblos of Santa Clara, San Juan, Cochiti, and resides in Santa Fe, NM. He is working toward a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Recently, Naranjo is working in multiple mediums to depict cultural symbolism through stylized Puebloan pottery designs and fine geometrical linear work. Currently, His work merges contemporary Puebloan traditions with non-traditional materials and elements to create meaning and purpose in each composition.

My inspiration for my work comes from the beauty I experience from my community of KhaPo Ohwingeh. My work integrates modern forms and concepts combined with traditional Puebloan aesthetics to create contemporary Puebloan art. I want to depict, reimagine, and re-contextualize such designs and iconography and apply them in a different format while being respectful and keeping the designs integrity intact. Puebloan pottery designs and geometrical linear work serve a purpose and have meaning within a cultural context which are inclusive of the natural world, change of seasons,  and emotional cognitive meaning.

I find our way of life to be a form of poetry and seek to show understanding and respect while making my art as a form of prayer. In my work, I try to apply that same level of intimacy, understanding, and respect in order to create the beauty that exudes from my community of Santa Clara Pueblo. I am using and incorporating traditional forms and techniques and various forms of technology as a way to create, adapt, and preserve our cultural traditions. Although my work isnt traditional art, they serve as examples to the ever changing, adaptation of modern culture and indigenous Puebloan traditions.

Claver Garcia

Claver Garcia was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1992 and raised between Ohkay Owingeh and Tesuque Pueblo. His father the late Gordon Garcia and mother Angela Vigil helped support and inspire Garcia to pursue his Artistic career. Claver Garcia is the second oldest of four children and the only male. Art influences include 90s cartoons/animations, traditional/contemporary Native American paintings and designs.  He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he is attending the Institute of American Indian Arts.  Working on a BFA in Studio Arts with a minor in creative writing, Garcia focuses on painting, ceramic and sculpting.

Poeh Summer Arts Market

You are invited to the Poeh Cultural Center’s inaugural Summer Arts Market. Spend the day talking to artists and shopping for original jewelry, pottery, textiles and other arts by Native artists from across the Southwest. Come eat at one of the local Native food vendors with fresh flavors and traditional recipes.

Main market page link here.

Betty Padilla Artisit Demonstration

Betty J. Padilla (Diné/Navajo) from Ganado, Arizona is a contemporary Native American jeweler. She resides in Santa Clara Pueblo with her husband and children. She has always wanted to make jewelry and was greatly inspired by her Godmother, Lucy “Year Flower” Tafoya.
She enrolled in her first jewelry making class at the Poeh Arts Program, her instructor was the renowned, Fritz Casuse. She has learned many techniques of making jewelry with the guidance and patience of Fritz Casuse.

She has had the opportunity to participate in several art shows throughout her “learning process.” She has participated in Native Treasures, SWAIA Indian Market, IFAM, and the Heard Museum Guild Art Show.

Right now she plans to continue “learning” (a continuous process) and create the jewelry she loves.

Poeh Winter Arts Market

You are invited to the Poeh Cultural Center’s Winter Arts Market. Spend the day talking to artists and shopping for original jewelry, pottery, textiles and other arts by Native artists from across the Southwest. Located at the Buffalo Thunder Resort in the Hilton Hotel lobby and adjacent spaces.

Event Page

Youth Art Workshops

Poeh will be having youth art workshops during the week of Indian Market week.

3:00pm – Arrow Making
4:00pm – Rattle Making
5:00pm – Stencil Art
6:00pm – Painting