A young Native American woman provides a rare and powerful glimpse at the traditional dances of a Santa Clara Pueblo celebration, in honor of new Tribal Officers. Featuring Youth CineMedia filmmaker Erica Broncho.

Santa Clara Pueblo (Tewa: Kha'po) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 980 at the 2000 census, although, approximately 3,800 reside on the reservation. Santa Clara Pueblo was established about 1550.

The pueblo is a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos, and the people are from the Tewa ethnic group of Native Americans who speak the Tewa language. The pueblo is on the Rio Grande, between Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo) to the north and San Ildefonso Pueblo to the south.

Santa Clara Pueblo is famous for producing hand-crafted pottery, specifically blackware and redware with deep engravings. The pueblo is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Pueblo people lived in the area for centuries before contact with Europeans, and Ancient Pueblo Peoples may have lived in the general area as far back as 1200 BC. In 1541, part of the expeditionary force of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado visited the pueblo. In 1628 a mission was established there, and the current church was built about 1918. The pueblo fought in the 1680 Great Pueblo Revolt against the Spanish. Pueblo potters are known for their black polished and red polychrome pottery. (Source: Wikipedia)

Responses to "Santa Clara Pueblo Buffalo Dance (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Not being native, I have alays had an interest in the native traditions. Being married to a beautiful native lady of the Okanagan tribe of British Colombia, she has taught me many things in the native traditions, but mostly respect for their beliefs.

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