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NM Chile Tradition Popular at Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe, NM 19 May 2016, 11:00 am
Green Chile Stew – traditionally named “Caldillo” in Spanish is a thin, green chile stew (or soup) made with a meat base (usually beef, pork, chicken, mutton or a mixture), potatoes, and green chiles. Dating back as early as the 1600’s! New on Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe’s breakfast menu for 2016 is a traditional family recipe of Green Chile Chicken Stew which compliments our famous Red Chile pork Tamales! The history of Chile and its importance in New Mexico culture and family is fascinating- so we encourage you to read on!
Green or Red Chile is as fans know a staple to modern New Mexican cuisine and has a fascinating history. Its legacy is partly European, American and human ingenuity. The spicy New Mexico Rio Grande and Hatch Green Chile comes from genus Capsicum. The green and red chile are sometimes thought to be two different types of peppers, but in fact are the same plant! Picked at different times, red chile is the ripened version of the green chile. “Hatch” a Green Chile product of New Mexico is synonymous with Green Chile today. New Mexico’s chile industry is a large contributor to its economy- so much so that in 2012, New Mexico harvested more acres of chile than any other state in the US! This distinction honored New Mexico as “the Chile Capital of the World”. But how did New Mexico end up with this honor? Well, it’s an interesting story which actually begins with Christopher Columbus!
While sailing, Columbus came across a string of islands now called the Caribbean (once known as West Indies). Exploring the islands Columbus found the chile plant- something he would never have encountered in his European homeland. The intensely spicy quality of the fruit reminded him of India’s black and white pepper (corns) and since the pods were red he named the plant “red peppers”. Columbus took the chile plant home to Spain as the ship’s doctors desired to explore its medicinal uses. Spanish monks then discovered that dried and pulverized chile peppers made an excellent substitute for peppercorns! Peppercorns were very valuable and used as money, so to replace them proved invaluable to Europeans. Thus the chile quickly spread through Europe and across the globe. In 1598 Don Juan de Onate was dispatched to colonize the northern border of New Spain (New Mexico) for which he brought the chile plant with him. The chile pepper worked itself into regional agriculture over the next 300 years, yet was not as highly appreciated then as it is today.
Chile plants are not native to the southwestern United States and require massive amounts of water- a resource not highly abundant to New Mexico. However the chile thrived due to its versatile and unique use as food, spice and medicine. In 1863 the U.S congress apportioned $50,000 for building roads for the express purpose of bringing the Colorado chile (as it was once called) to market. The Colorado Chile is not the chile we know and love today as it was unevenly hot, unreliable, and prone to disease. It took over 50 years of study by Dr. Fabian Garcia a Horticulturist from New Mexico State University in Las a New Mexico to develop and perfect the New Mexico chile product to exhibit the standards and qualities we enjoy today. Beginning in 1907 and taking 14 strains from three varieties of pepper (the Colorado, the negro, and the pasilla) in search of a smoother, meatier, tastier, and milder pepper that would resist wilting diseases Dr Garcia’s research came up with College #9! Crowned the winner of all chile through hybridization, requests from all over New Mexico poured in- and in large scale College #9 planting began. Later it was discovered that further selections could be made. Several new strains of chile came out of research and planting of College #9, but none more popular than the Rio Grande, named for the river that supplied its irrigation. This chile thrived, was adopted by farmers around the town of Hatch, New Mexico and has become known as the mother of all Chiles! The pepper eventually gained a massive, almost cult following as New Mexico adopted its chile image and gradually became the place to get the best chile in the world! Today Hatch, NM hosts an annual Chile festival attracting over 30,000 visitors in the month of September gathering chile fanatics from everywhere! Today the “chile” remains one of the cornerstones of the New Mexico economy and is even referred to in the States Official Question: “Red or Green?” (meaning which is your favorite choice of chile of course!).
We at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn in downtown Santa Fe are proud to indoctrinate our New Mexico visitors into this rich New Mexico chile tradition. Our guests are welcomed each morning to feast on locally made red chile pork tamales and a secret family recipe of Green Chile Chicken Stew. Lovingly prepared, guests enjoy bite after bite of tantalizing chile flavor boasting the rich traditions and pride of our New Mexico culture, family and hospitality. You are cordially invited to be apart of our family traditions and make your time in Santa Fe more than a stay at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn.
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market 2015 Information 5 May 2016, 11:00 am
2016 Santa Fe Folk Art Market will soon be here! Santa Fe travelers don’t miss out on any of it‘s offerings! Hard to describe but we’ll try: Santa Fe Folk Art Market is “Unique”, “Innovative”, “Interesting”, “Intriguing”, “Whimsical” and so much more. Honestly words do not pay the whole Folk Art market experience justice! Santa Fe Folk Art Market is simply an annual New Mexico Event visitors must experience first hand. Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe hosts guests from all over the US and World each year who come to this one-of-a-kind event- the largest Folk Art Market in the World! Santa Fe New Mexico travelers converge July 9,10,11,12 celebrating diverse cultures, traditions, faiths, dress and foods! So don’t miss out- here some visitor information we hope you‘ll find helpful:
Where to Stay: Inn at Pueblo Bonito – Santa Fe! Voted “Guest Favorite” Santa Fe b&b three years in a row! Most convenient for Folk Art Market Attendees as it’s 3 minute stroll to P.E.R.A pick up/drop free shuttle location to all Market events! Due to popularity, limited rooms and affordablity Folk Art Market visitors should call now! Direct Bookings only at this historic adobe pueblo-style Santa Fe b&b, quietly nestled in “prime” downtown location! 1-800-461-4599 See Summer Specials: HERE!
Santa Fe Folk Art Market Schedule 2016:
Friday July 10: 6:30 – 9 PM: Market Opening Party – Gathering under the stars!
Tickets $225 ($125 tax deductible). Shop, dance, listen to international music, enjoy international food and drink tasting. Inn at Pueblo Bonito guests will walk to free shuttle service to Museum Hill (location of Market event). Shuttles run from 6 to 9:15pm TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCEfor Market Opening Party- no ticket sales at the gate.
Saturday July 11: International Folk Art Market Santa Fe
Early Bird Market 7:30 am to 9am Be early and
meet the artists first hand without the crowd! Tickets:
$75- include all day Saturday Market!
Regular Market 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult $15 if purchased before June 1; $20.00 after; youth 16 and under are free! Ticket includes: entrance to the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill. Explore the market, international foods, entertainment.
Comanche Mask for Carnival and
Day of the Dead Dances
San Luis Potosí, Mexico
International Folk Art Foundation
TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE– no ticket sales at the gate.
Sunday July 12: Folk Art Market- Family Day
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adult tickets $10.00 before June 1; $15 after June 1; Youth 16 and under are free! Ticket price includes admission to Museum of International Folk Art and Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture! Inn at Pueblo Bonito guests can easily walk to Shuttle pick up/drop off which will run from 8 am to 5:15 pm. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE– no ticket sales at the gate.
For information on Santa Fe International Folk Art Market- visit International Folk Art Museum’s website at: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/eventsedu/jul.html
Where to Eat: Walk to Santa Fe finest restuarants from the P.E.R.A shuttle drop off location or Inn at Pueblo Bonito! Here are a few excellent choices to consider: Restaurant Martin; Pink Adobe; El Farol; Geronimos; La Casa Sena; Tomasitas; The Thunderbird on the plaza; La Boca; El Meson; Pranzo’s Italian Grill; Saveur Bistro; and so many more! Don’t forget the cafe at Museum Hill- try thier desserts and herbal teas!
Blog Compliments of: Pueblo Bonito b&b inn Santa Fe, NM
2015 Folk Art Market Information from International Folk Art Market website.
The Tamale – A New Mexico Tradition of Hospitality 4 May 2016, 11:00 am
History of Tamales
This blog has been prepared for guests of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe. In response to the popularity of our New Mexico red chile pork tamales served hot daily for breakfast. We hope you enjoy the History of the Tamale!!
“Tamale” is derived from the word tamalii an Aztec word meaning “wrapped food”. Though we are not certain when or who invented the tamale, we do know tamales were written about since pre-Columbian days. Aztecs served Spaniard soldiers tamales during visits to Mexico in the 1550’s. Tamales were eaten by soldiers on long sojourns into Mexico as tamales are portable and easy to heat.
Tamales have been eaten in the United States since at least 1893 when they were featured at the World’s Columbian Exposition. A tradition of roving tamale sellers was documented in early 20th-century in blue/ragtime music song “They’re Red Hot” by Robert Johnson.
While Mexican-style and other Latin American-style tamales are featured at ethnic restaurants throughout the United States, Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe proudly features our traditional New Mexico red chile pork tamale! A distinctly indigenous tribute to New Mexico culture, tradition and cuisine.
Tamales typically are not made every day, as they once were, as they are very labor intensive. Rather you find tamales being made for special occasions like the Day of the Dead, Christmas, Native American Feast Days, New Year’s or just about any other family or holiday celebration. Tamale making is usually a family affair! Traditionally family members gather together and make fillings and masa the day before. Day 2 creates an assembly line- family of all ages form to spread the masa on corn husks, fill and fold the tamales. Once the tamales are assembled, they are steamed and finally eaten. Usually hundreds of tamales are made at once so everyone can take some home and share with friends and family. Guests of Pueblo Bonito, though not required to create the tamale, are warmly invited to our tables to share as friends in this delectable tradition of hospitality- enjoy!
2016 June Santa Fe Travel Events 28 Apr 2016, 11:05 am
Santa Fe Events
Unique Santa Fe Travel Events await 2016 June travelers. If you’re a New Mexico Native or someone who’s thinking about a visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico maybe you need some extra motivation! Here are a few June events for you to put on your calendar!
June 2016: Santa Fe School of Cooking. Want to experiment with the bold flavors of the Southwest? Try a Santa Fe Cooking class! Test your skills with the unique cultural mix of Santa Fe flavors! Classes offered several times a week and include menus of traditional New Mexican, Native American, Mexican, Spanish, vegetarian and contemporary Southwestern cuisine. Taught by some of the best chefs in Santa Fe and are entertaining educational and delicious!. More information contact Cooking School directly at: 505-983-4511 or website:
June 2016: Tesuque GlassWorks– Daily glassblowing demonstrations Monday – Sunday 9 am- 5 pm through June! Beautifully hand blown and crafted pieces of useable art are shown in on-site gallery. Located in the village of Tesuque, just 7 miles north of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn at 15 10 Bishop’s Lodge Rd on the property of Shidoni Foundry.
June 2016: Shidoni Foundry and Gallery– A great resource for art collectors and sculptors- located seven miles north of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sleepy village of Tesuque (te-soo-ke) hosts Shidoni (a friendly greeting in Navajo) – is an art gallery. 8 acres of sculpture gardens with a bronze art foundry located along the Rio Tesuque on a former apple orchard. Visitors view indoor art galleries representing 140+ artist from all over the US. Stroll the outdoor gallery sculpture gardens. A special treat is to watch 2000 degree molten bronze poured into ceramic shell molds on Saturday Pour Days- open to the public.
Santa Fe Festivals
June 4, 5, 2016: Spring Festival & Fiber Arts Fair at El Rancho de los Golondrinas Costumed villagers shearing sheep, fiber arts marketplace, baking bread and more, plus animals, games and hands-on activities for kids! 10AM – 4PM
June 10-26, 2016: The annual, citywide CURRENTS Festival offers New Media Installations, Outdoor Installations, Architectural Mapping, Single Channel Video and Animation, Multimedia Performance, Fulldome, Experimental and Interactive Documentary, Web-Art/Art-Gaming/Mobile Device Apps, Oculus Rift, Robotics, 3D Printing, Artists Presentations, Panels and Workshops – CURRENTS exhibitions and most events are Free to the public.
June 9-11, 2016: Currents International Festival of New Media Arts-10th Anniversary. Packed with exciting one-of-a-kind experiences like:
- FACEOFF – three artists design and execute an original piece in just one hour, live on stage!
- The Exquisite Corpse Project, led by TV Land Creative Director, Michael Waldron which proves that individual and collective creativity has no bounds.
- Opening Weekend Events: June 10 – 12, 2016 @ El Museo Cultural and the Railyard Plaza. Starting June 10, 6pm to Midnight, and continuing through the weekend : Exhibitions, Multimedia Performances, Workshops, Artists’ Talks and more.
June 18, 2016- Rodeo de Santa Fe Parade through downtown! Starts at 11:00am. Bring the family or just stop by yourself for a good ol’ fashioned Rodeo Parade to kick off Rodeo Week! There will be wonderful floats, lots of give-aways, and prizes for the best entries.
June 18, 19, 2016: Herb & Lavender Fair at El Rancho de los Golondrinas Herb garden tours, lavender and herb product vendors, lectures on cultivating lavender and hands-on activities.
June 22-25, 2016- 67th Rodeo de Santa Fe brings the original One Arm Bandit & Co! 12 Time Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) “Specialty Act of the Year” with the best rodeo entertainment you will ever see. Sure to please everyone of all ages. You won’t want to miss a second of the rodeo action. Our barrel man Nate Reed will bring funny acts you won’t want to miss. Our Bull fighters Luke Kraut and Kyle O’hare will bring even more excitement during each performance. Get ready for the heart-pounding, dirt-slinging, action-packed performances of top PRCA rodeo athletes and top PRCA rodeo entertainment. Big time rodeo, with a small town feeling. Great evening activity for your Santa Fe, NM visit!
June 30- August 2016: Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe– Offers audiences a visually rich, emotionally immersive, and culturally authentic theatrical experience. Based in one of the nation’s great arts meccas of Santa Fe, NM, the veteran touring company enjoys regular home seasons at the historic Lensic Theater. Fourteen dancers and musicians—many hailing from Spain—flourish under lead dancer and artistic director Juan Siddi’s rigorous yet sensitive choreography that bears the flavor of his artistic roots in Barcelona and Granada. A well-curated program overlays genuine gypsy culture with contemporary flair, allowing for virtuosic flights in both music and dance.
May 2016 Historic New Mexico Trip Planning Suggestions 21 Apr 2016, 11:02 am
Santa Fe Things To Do
Exciting exhibits and activities exist for May 2016 Historic New Mexico Trip Planning. Not only is May a beautiful month to visit New Mexico, but the New Mexico History Museum– just a short 5 minute stroll from Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, NM offers rich Southwestern History and insights into yesteryear for our valued Santa Fe visitors.
Summer hours/Special Events begin May 1st at New Mexico History Museum: A brief overview
- Open all seven days -10 am to 5 pm.
- Every Friday Evening thru October is free from 5-8 pm!
- “Families Make History” workshops held every third Sunday of each month!
- Monday–Saturday (through October 15): Historical Downtown Walking Tours!
- Two major exhibit openings! (See below)
May 2016 at New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe:
Sunday, May 1: Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico. New Exhibit Opening! 1-4:00 pm. Cars exhibited in lobby and exhibition hall with a souvenir photo booth for visitors. Video loop screening of movie South American Cho Lo showing. 2 pm history lecture the nationally renowned Lowrider Magazine given by former editor, Ray John.
Friday, May 6: “Citizen Min in New Mexico” 6:00 pm. The first Free Friday Evening event! Highlighting Japanese American civil-rights successes. A special presentation given by Holly Yasui, daughter of Minoru (Min) Yasui who was a Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree. Yasui’s activism started in World War II during the internment camps era.
Wednesday, May 11, noon: Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture –New Mexico historian and author Stephen Zimmer of Cimarron, NM presents “Kit Carson and Lucien Maxwell, Compadres.” Free in the Meem Community Room. Seating is limited.
Sunday, May 15: Families Make History May workshop. From 1:30-3:30 pm make a kite! New Mexico springtime brings winds great for flying. The whole family can enjoy learning to make a kite. Workshop Free with admission. Children 16 and under free daily!
Sunday, May 22: Lowrider Day on the Plaza– 10 am- 5:00 pm. What to expect? Mayor Javier Gonzales proclaims today as the official Lowrider Day of Santa Fe! Celebrations include a car procession followed by a show on the plaza, music, hopper demonstration and an awards presentation!
Sunday, May 22: Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities – Exhibit Opening! Be among the first to see this ground-breaking exhibition as a major institution tells the comprehensive story of Spanish Jewry’s 1492 diaspora and how it led to a tenuous foothold in North America.
Thursday, May 26: Palace Guard field trip– 12-4:00 pm. Have lunch with Daniel Kosharek (Photo Curator) and visit the private shop of mechanic and collector Sonnie Jaramillo. See examples of lowrider and custom-car work in action! Not a Palace Guard member? To join, call (505) 982-6366, ext. 100. Cost: $25. Call Alex Hesbrook for reservation details: (505) 982-7799 ext. 4.
Historical Downtown Walking Tours-Learn the history of Santa Fe, New Mexico via a museum-trained guide! BEST HISTORIC SANTA FE WALKING TOUR (recommended by Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn). Tours begin at the Palace of the Governor Courtyard’s Blue Gate (south of History Museum) at 10:15 am- Sunday thru Fridays. Make your historic Santa Fe travel experience come alive and RESERVE YOUR ROOM at “Pueblo Bonito b&b inn” in downtown Santa Fe! Voted “Guest Favorite” 3 years in a row, this popular adobe B&B features traditional historic adobe architecture dating to 1860- one of Santa Fe Travelers best value for true historic adobe lodging!
The New Mexico History Museum is part of a campus which includes the Palace of the Governors, a National Treasure and the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. A division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, its exhibitions and programs are supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. A definite “Must See” when planning a historic southwest Santa Fe travel trip.
Compliments of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, NM. 1-800-461-4599
Santa Fe Orchestra – Travel Event for Travelers: April, May, June 14 Apr 2016, 11:00 am
Santa Fe Orchestra Concert Schedule
A Special event idea for Santa Fe visitors traveling in April, May, or June 2016 would be the Santa Fe Community Orchestra Concerts! These extremely talented performances are Free for the Santa FE Community! The 2016 season will be winding down with three extraordinary concerts consisting off classical favorites, rarely heard repertoire, accessible contemporary works, & world premieres of compositions by New Mexico composers. Take your pick- all are Must Do’s!
Mid-Season Concert – featuring David Chavez as guest conductor.
- Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art
- Allegretti: Benthic Metropolis – World Premiere
- Britten: Lachrymae for viola and strings, Ari Le, viola (SFCO Concerto Competition Winner)
- Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
- Admission is free, donations appreciated.
- Walking distance from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. Book Direct and save 10% (rates starting as low as $109.80+).
New Music at the Museum – New Works by New Mexico Composers Reading #3
- Friday, May 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art
- New and recent compositions by New Mexico composers presented in an open-rehearsal format.
- Walking distance from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. Book Direct and save 10% (rates starting as low as $135.00+).
Season Finale- Program to be determined.
- Sunday, June 5, 2016 2:30 pm at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art
- Walking distance from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. Book Direct and save 10% (rates starting as low as $120.00+).
Too good to believe? Santa Fe Orchestra Concert Contact Information:
- Website: http://www.sfco.org/
- Address: 1000 Cordova Place, Suite 211, Santa Fe, NM 87505 MAP
- Phone: (505) 466-4879
**Programs and artists are subject to change**
New Mexico Pueblo Feast Day Dances 25 Mar 2016, 10:39 am
Native American Dances at New Mexico Pueblos
Though traditional Feast Day dances on New Mexico Pueblos are abundant throughout the year, here are just a few listings to illustrate the rich heritage, tradition and importance Native American Dances have within modern Pueblo life. Easter is a time of celebration and worship for the Native American Pueblo people as it is with Anglo and Spanish Christian New Mexicans.
PUEBLO DANCES Easter Weekend
SUNDAY – March 27, 2016
(ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT To change)
BOW AND ARROW DANCE
10AM OR SO TO EARLY AFTERNOON
OHKAY OWINGEH (SAN JUAN):
OR SO FOR MOST OF THE DAY
BEGINS AT 9AM
DANCING EASTER AND MON.
MAR. 27 AND 28
DANCING EASTER AND
MON./TUES./ WED. ,
FROM 10AM -3 OR SO
Santa Fe July Festival Event to Enhance your New Mexico Adventure Travel Plans! 25 Feb 2016, 10:00 am
2016 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Santa Fe July Festival events are certain to make for memorable New Mexico Adventure travels! The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is one of those July Santa Fe Summer Festivals you don’t want to miss! Since it’s 1972 founding, guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated artistic excellence and innovation, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become a preeminent music festival- known around the music world. Santa Fe’s unique location provides a setting nestled amid the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains which has been a valuable contribution to the success of this Music Festival.
We are excited for 2016 Season of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival to begin. Welcoming extraordinary artists like Orion Weiss (pianist) provides Santa Fe travelers the opportunity to create memorable travel experiences when visiting New Mexico. Orion makes his debut with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival July 2016! We highly recommend adding of one of these certain to be popular concerts to your July visit with us at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn:
- Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21: Dvo?ák Piano Trio No. 3 (with Kyoko Takezawa, violin and Keith Robinson, cello)
- Thursday, July 21—Piano Recital: Program to be announced
- Sunday, July 24 and Monday, July 25: Night sky- featuring the young pianist Orion Weiss.
Curious about our July 2016 Featured Artist of Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival?
Well, here’s a little bit about the young pianist phenomena:
Orion Weiss- One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians already has an impressive list of awards such as: the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School. Orion has performed with major American orchestras Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. Impressive scheduled stops on his 2016 world tour include: the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Pacifica Quartet with Cho-Liang Lin and the New Oxford String Quartet.
To explore more into this fabulous opportunity, please visit the SantaFe Chamber Music Festival and don’t hesitate to make your Santa Fe Travel plans NOW! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn is located in a prime downtown Santa Fe location- offering the convenience of free parking and walking to the July Music Festival! 1-800-461-4599 or www.pueblobonitoinn.com
NATIVE AMERICAN FETISH & SYMBOLISM in Distinctively New Mexico Artwork 18 Feb 2016, 10:10 am
Fetish carvings and Native American symbolism found frequently on crafts items like pottery, jewelry, bead or leather work, paintings, carvings, etc are part of an ancient culture and religion which is extremely complex. Zuni fetishes, known to the Shiwi people as wemawe, are small stone animal carvings made by talented artisans of the Zuni Pueblo. Due to the remote location in Northwest New Mexico, the Zuni people have been able to retain a great deal of their culture and religion despite being among the most studied Native American people by anthropologists, past and present. It is my experience that though Native American culture and tradition can differ between tribes/sects, there are many agreed to meanings of the symbols found throughout the craft works, etc. Inn at Pueblo Bonito features several Native American Artisans from local NM Pueblos- two of which are Marilyn Ray (Acoma) and Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo). Well known and respected artisans within their Pueblo cultures- each proudly carry on ancestral traditions of craftsmanship and storytelling. The following should provide some insight as to meanings of Native American symbols, Native American fetishes, and materials used in their artwork.
Native American Symbolism Guide
Bears: symbolizes physical strength, leadership and is known as the “first helper”.
Bear Paws: are a symbol representing inner strength.
Feathers: symbols of prayers, marks of honor or sources of ideas. They represent a Creative Force.
Kokopelli: a common fertility symbol thought to bring fertility to women drawn to his flute playing. He also represents the spirit of music.
Eagle: Master of sky; carrier of prayers. Admired for bravery and special connections to the creator.
Buffalo: Spiritual protector bringing nourishment to body & soul. A White Buffalo symbolizes peace.
Dream Catcher: It is believed the web tangles bad dreams & prevents them from passing through. Good dreams slip through the center. Each morning sunlight purifies the web of bad dreams.
Arrowhead: Represents the hunter and symbolizes the adventurer within each of us.
Zuni Bear: The Guardian of the Earth. A heart-line arrow going from head to heart symbolizes a warrior’s heart is strong like the bear’s.
Native American Stone Meanings
CORAL: is known to be very soothing and very protective. It is of an organic origin, being the skeletal remains of marine animals called Coral Polyps. Colonies of these tiny creatures build branching structures as they grow, gradually forming reefs and atolls.
TURQUOISE: It is believed that turquoise tends to bring good fortune, strength and helps overcome illness. Turquoise got its name from the Levantine traders called Turks who brought the stone to Europe from Persia via Turkey centuries ago. Native Americans have prized turquoise since the time of the Aztecs, who mined it in New Mexico. The natural variations that occur in turquoise are part of their appeal and beauty.
RUBY: A gemstone, ruby is thought to speed the healing of body, mind and spirit. It is believed to aid in psychic development while it energizes. It’s a good stone for just about everyone.
LAPIS: Lapis is the perfect stone for wisdom and fortitude. It is also believed to be an excellent stone for decision makers. It helps increase psychic ability.
OPAL: Most people know Opal for it’s distinctive play of color, it is semi-transparent solidified mineral composed of silicon and water, and it gets its name from the Latin word “Oplus” meaning precious stone. Opal is October’s birthstone. It is believed to release self-consciousness allowing spontaneous action, and awakens one’s psychic and mystical qualities.
ONYX: It is a semi-precious gemstone, and it is a cryptocrystalline form of quartz. Onyx is also known to be a calming stone. Native Americans believe it collects negative energy from you while wearing it.
MALACHITE: It is famous for its radial banding and deep green color. Popular today for use in Southwestern Indian jewelry, malachite was also popular in the past with the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It was worn as a good luck charm to keep away danger and illness. It is believed to balance and stabilize ones emotions.
TIGER”S EYE: Also called Tigers eye or Tiger eye is a chatoyant gemstone. Tiger Eye stone contains a golden yellow reflection on a brown ground color. The most important source of tiger eye is South Africa, but it is also found in California. Native American Indians believe it conveys courage and protection.
PEARLS: Pearls are known to stabilize and balance emotions. They are believed to help your body in using calcium better. For Native Americans pearls are full of purity and integrity.
RHODOCHROSITE: A mineral mined in the U.S., rhodochrosite is known to strengthen self- identity; helps heal deep emotional trauma and balances with a loving vibration. JET: It is an organic gemstone which was highly popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. It has been traditionally fashioned into rosaries for monks. In the U.S. long necklaces of jet beads were very popular during the 1920s, or Roaring Twenties, when women and young flappers would wear multiple strands of jet beads stretching from the neckline to the waistline. Today it is used to beautify Native American Indian jewelry.
Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM proudly features both of these talented Native American Artists and their crafts in our gift gallery. Unique and culturally different New Mexico locally crafted gifts- perfect for gift giving. Valentines is coming up…..why not consider giving the gift of travel and experience our unique historic adobe pueblo-style downtown Santa Fe Bed Breakfast. Book Now and experience a one-of-a-kind New Mexico lodging experience! Give us a call 1-800-461-4599 and allow us to assist you. www.pueblobonitoinn.com
Creating a Top New Mexico Vacation Travel Experience! 11 Feb 2016, 10:00 am
New Mexico Travel
There are so many unique and culturally distinctive travel opportunities to create a top New Mexico vacation traveler experience. Anytime of year- spring, summer, winter or fall – historic southwest travel is an great adventure! So how do you optimize and create the best unique historical New Mexico travel experience? We at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe serve thousands of Santa Fe visitors each year for over 30 years! We are true experts in historic New Mexico travel planning. By providing authentic traditional Old Santa Fe New Mexico accommodations and assisting guests in packaging vacation travel time, we avail valuable insights and tips to assure a rare and unique Santa Fe travel experience! Off beaten path places like: shops, restaurants, parks, birding, hiking, skiing, historic ruins and sites, museums, petroglyphs, hidden treasures, day outings, Northern New Mexico pueblo touring, art studio tours, wine tasting, markets, antiques, historic mining and mill towns and villages, treasurers of the area, etc. are sure to create amazing one-of-a kind New Mexico top travel experiences! Inn at Pueblo Bonito’s unique and distinctive historic adobe Native American pueblo-style accommodations are perfect for an exceptional “home base” to tour Northern New Mexico! Every morning during breakfast hours, our guests can receive expert assistance in their days’ explorations of Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, Pecos, Las Vegas, Native American Pueblos, National Parks, historic sites, museums, restaurants, galleries, and other interests they desire to create a top New Mexico travel memory. A few important suggestions when planning your Santa Fe New Mexico travel vacation:
Choosing A New Mexico Travel Base location:
First of all, deciding where to centralize your travel is highly recommended to maximize your experiences. Santa Fe is our top choice! It’s the most centralized location in Northern New Mexico to make day trips; see historic sites; visit pueblos; tour Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, Ojo Cliente, Ghost Ranch, Pecos, Madrid, Galisteo, Dixon and many other sleepy Northern New Mexico villages. Santa Fe is the top destination city of New Mexico. Actually Santa Fe is #5 in US cities most requested for traveler information! That being said, our vast experience of the area and insights serve our guests well ! (more on top NM Travel destination)
Santa Fe Travel
Santa Fe is the New Mexico state capitol and boasts over 400 yrs of prominent Southwestern history. Santa Fe is THE destination spot of New Mexico! Walking from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn, guests access rich historic documentation of New Mexico- it’s land, people and government- in 3 minutes! Less than a half mile radius from the plaza a guest can easily walk to world class museums: Palace of the Governors; New Mexico History Museum; New Mexico Art Museum; Contemporary Indian Art Museum; and Georgia O’Keeffe museum! The variety and diversity of native cultures that have influenced Santa Fe is well preserved in various and unique ways over the years. Santa Fe’s nickname “The City Different” is very appropriate- an indicator of the distinctive travel experience New Mexico visitors will have! No where else in the US is like Santa Fe, NM! It reflects a “time frozen in history” that’s been intentionally and painstakingly preserved to enjoy and share with modern day people. We mustn’t forget to mention other World Class Museums located on historic Old Santa Fe Trail referred to as “Museum Hill”. These include: International Folk Art Museum; Indian Cultural Museum; Wheelwright Museum and Spanish Colonial Museum all clustered together and nestled beside the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens! (Book Now)
Be Intentional when Travel planning:
Many options exist when choosing New Mexico lodging. Santa Fe Hotels; Santa Fe bed and breakfasts; Santa Fe Inns; Santa Fe Motels; Santa Fe vacation rentals- a huge variety of Santa Fe Accommodation choices! Personal preference is the key here. Our preference is historic! We recommend Historic Santa Fe lodging accommodations. After all you’ve chosen a city founded over 400 years ago! Historic preservation has been outstanding and there is truly no other city like Santa Fe in the US! The unique history, culture, cuisine, blending of Native American/Hispanic/Anglo influences make an exciting southwestern US adventure. So make the most of it!
- Walkable city: experience an old, funky, eclectic, odd, unexplainable combination of history and modernism within our streets, buildings and people that has earned it’s title “City Different”. You don’t want to drive or fight for parking- you want to walk the streets both daytime and nighttime! Walk past world class museums, shops, art, cultural events, cathedrals, 400+ yr old houses, fantastic restaurants, Native American street vendors, bakeries, chocolatiers, and more!
- Accentuate Historic: Staying
at newly constructed Santa Fe
Accommodations just doesn’t make sense. Our preference is
bias we admit… but designing an Authentic New Mexico
Travel Experience on new just accentuate the New Mexico
culture! Santa Fe alone was settled over 400 years
ago- so in our opinion historic is what New Mexico is! This
being said, Pueblo Bonito
bed & breakfast is our top choice! The epitome
of authentic historic adobe pueblo-style New Mexico
lodging, Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast dates back to 1860,
when this area was part of the Texas
Territories! Originally a Texas Circuit judge built
a private estate with stables, servants quarters and
horno (Native American Bread oven). All three of these
original two foot thick adobe buildings have been meticulously
preserved. Amazingly over the 156 yrs of it’s history,
only three individuals have owned this massive
adobe compound. Original builder was the Judge; 2nd Owner converted
property to apartments and provided our name! Third (current
family ownership) created Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn!
All the authentic, adobe architectural elements have been
retained, thus providing historically
accurate accommodations for Santa Fe travelers desiring a traditional Santa Fe travel experience! Our 18 charming guests rooms boast: original 2 ft. thick exterior adobe walls (1860); private baths with 1930’s viga beamed ceilings and mosaic tiled soaking tubs; in-room real wood burning kiva fireplace (not gas)! These one of a kind elements are not found in modern day, newly renovated luxury Santa Fe hotels or bed and breakfasts! We are the REAL THING- nothing fake about this Pueblo Bonito b&b inn (history Pueblo Bonito).
- Personal preferences: Modern travelers wanting a historic location, but prefer New, Renovated, Full Service, Hotel- type accommodations providing features like: granite countertops bathrooms; wall mounted large flat screen TV’s; 24 hr restaurant and bar services; spa; valet parking; room service; exercise rooms; etc we recommend these fine historic downtown Santa Fe Hotels: The La Fonda, La Posada, Drury Inn, Hotel Santa Fe. Whatever your preference- we do recommend doing some homework tofind the perfect downtown Santa Fe historic lodging accommodation that’s right for you!
- Cuisine: You are traveling- be open to new experiences.
Remind yourself you left home0- everything is not the
same! The region of the US you’re traveling is full of
opportunities specific to local living. One is
food! New New Mexico is famous for its’ chile
-red or green! Enjoy this local favorite no matter
where you travel in New Mexico- you can sample native
cuisine like: Tamales, Enchilada, Rejellenos,
sopapillas, Chile stew, posole and more!
NOTE: Diverse definitions exist for “Mexican food” (TexMex, Mexico, Arizona….) so understand that New Mexican food is completely distinctive- it stands on its own! Green chile (not jalapenos). Red chile (not salsa). Christmas (red/green chile combo). Smothered. Traditional New Mexico cuisine incorporates all of these 4 nouns which must be tried by visitors to receive the full experience of a historic New Mexico vacation! (see more New Mexico traditional foods)
- Architecture- New Mexico has a rich heritage which is accurately displayed in historic downtown Santa Fe. A “Plaza”- originally intended to be the central community gathering place is generally found throughout Northern New Mexico Pueblos, villages and city’s. Santa Fe is no different, but this plaza dates back to 1600’s (more on Santa Fe History). Adobe- a staple throughout the years in New Mexico architecture. Adobe is and hand formed mud cast bricks, sun dried, then stacked and covered in stucco. Adobe creates the majority of historic landscape in downtown Santa Fe and outlaying village/towns. Santa Fe’s plaza and downtown historic district still boasts original building dating back to 1600’s (see more on adobe).
- Convenience- choose a home base. A location which is easy to access, provides maximum dining, cultural and evening options, and surrounds you with local historic elements. Saving time fighting lines, finding parking, sitting in local traffic, or waiting for a table just isn’t the best use of valuable vacation time! Center yourself in a historic location walking distance to great “basic” options. Experience the culture by walking to dining, entertainment, markets, shops, museums, historic sites, etc. Have more than one travel route option to/from your home base to prevent delays from unplanned event traffic, road construction, backup commuter traffic, etc.. Experienced, long time residents of the area know these tips and they are extremely valuable if needed!
- Flexibility: Traveling isn’t always perfect so when making New Mexico travel plans, decide on sight seeing choices you prefer but be informed of other options around those main choices! Avail options an insights of off beaten path opportunities for our Santa Fe travelers adds a distinctive uniqueness to a New Mexico travel vacation! Staff at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn enjoy a combined 125 yrs of Northern New Mexico residency! Residency in New Mexico seriously increases our creative ability in designing touring tips for Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast guests to enjoy. We’ve assisted annually returning guests to include up to three consecutive months worth of activities! Our regular return guests challenge us to be creative and informed as to Santa Fe travel options. Actually annual return guests will share new information with us at time for which we really enjoy. It’s true, we do have favorites. But new adventures are always welcomed! (see more Northern New Mexico travel secrets) Book Now
Creating a top New Mexico vacation travel experience really isn’t hard if you’re in the right crowd! Experts come a dime a dozen. Research is plentiful. Aligning yourself with local hospitality professionals with a positive proven track record for 31+ years can be invaluable! We prefer a centralized location where you can feel comfortable, safe and welcomed. Lodging that exhibits local history, architecture and culture and meets your preference. Convenience to reduce travel stress. Accurately informed people who care and take pride in sharing their city- it’s distinctions and unique qualities. People with first hand wisdom and knowledge of the area you are taking valuable vacation time to explore and enjoy. Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn invites you to explore Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico! We love our guests and sincerely appreciate sharing Santa Fe, New Mexico and it’s treasures with each guest which allows us this privilege. Please let us assist you in your accommodation planning. 1-800-461-4599 Once you’re with us, we can assist in designing your Santa Fe, Taos, and Northern New Mexico touring options! Book Now