Event Details

Pueblo Independence Day

At Jemez Historic Site
8/12/12, Sunday
7:00am

Come join us for our 9th Annual commemoration of Pueblo Independence Day.  On August 10, 1680—the Pueblo People of New Mexico—aided by Apache and Navajo allies—launched a successful rebellion against Spanish colonization.  Commemorative activities will begin with a pilgrimage run from Walatowa plaza in Jémez Pueblo to Gisewa Pueblo kiva at Jémez State Monument (approximately a half marathon or 13 miles).  Participating in this run, or supporting a runner, is a way to pay tribute to the Ancestors and show appreciation for the sacrifices they made.  Their brave resistance helped preserve the Pueblo way of life: our culture, our languages and our right to one day reclaim our aboriginal lands.  The run begins at 7 am, and the general public is welcome to participate.  Volunteers will provide water stations at one mile intervals, and a shuttle service for slow runners will be available.  At 10 am, guest speakers will welcome all the runners and their sponsors to the monument.  Event will feature:  Jemez Traditional dances and Native American flute music.  There will also be authentic Native arts & crafts and Native food.  There is no admission fee for any of the activities related to this event.