Poeh Cultural Center

About the Artist

The Pueblo of Pojoaque established the Poeh Center in 1988 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 Center emphasizes arts and cultures of all Pueblo People with focus on the Tewa-speaking Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara and Tesuque; and the Tiwa-speaking Pueblos of Picuris and Taos. Since its inception, the Center’s mission has been to support the future of Pueblo people by: teaching the arts, collecting great works of art, and promoting public understanding of, and respect for, Pueblo history and culture. In Tewa, “Poeh” means pathway. The Poeh Center is a living pathway where tradition travels between the past and the present and leads into the future, ensuring further creativity. In this role, the Poeh Center embodies the essence of what it means to be Tewa — to be Pueblo — in a context of cultural continuity.

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