Zuni Pueblo is the largest of the nineteen New Mexican Pueblos. It covers more than 700 square miles and has a population of over 10,000. They are considered the most traditional of all the New Mexico Pueblos. They have a unique language, culture, and history due in part to geographic isolation.
Kenny Bowekaty is a member of Zuni Pueblo, an archaeologist, and a member of the Zuni clans. He created tours that draw from the cultural heritage, unique history, arts and crafts, and scenic beauty of Zuni Pueblo.
Zuni Cultural Adventures
Visit Halona:Idwan’a (The Middle Village)
Immerse yourself in the Middle Place through an oral presentation of “The Migration Story.” The presentation is given during a walking tour of Zuni’s most historic and culturally significant neighborhood.
Unguided visits are discouraged, because this is an active neighborhood.
Zuni Building Techniques Through the Ages
Learn about ancient, traditional and modern building styles and techniques at Zuni Pueblo. Centuries of building with adobe, sandstone, wood, cement, glass, and even steel are part of Zuni Pueblo’s legacy.
Shiwi (Zuni) World View
Sample the history, culture, and religion of the A:shiwi through analysis of the impacts of the Spanish, study of the community’s structure and organization, and the role traditional religion plays in daily life.
Artist Studio Demonstration
Visit with Zuni artists to learn about Zuni arts and techniques from traditional pottery, stone “fetish” carving, silversmith/jewelry, woodcraving, painting, beadwork and more.
Ancient Pueblo Cuisine
Discover the original Pueblo diet and learn about traditional foods and cooking traditions.
Traditional Zuni Cooking
Gain hands-on experience learning about Pueblo bread baking and/or traditional foods from experienced Zuni bakers and cooks.
Traditional Zuni Embroidery & Pueblo Textiles
Explore the history of Pueblo weaving, techniques and embroidery with accomplished artists Elroy Natachu and Kandis Quam. Discover the hidden meanings in traditional Pueblo clothing and designs.
Native American Music & Dance
Learn from award-winning local musicians Shelley Morningsong (N.Cheyenne) and Fabian Fontenelle (Zuni/Omaha) about traditional and contemporary Native American music and dance.
Archaeological Adventure Tours
Step back in time in Hawikku, one of the fabled “Cities of Cibola,” and in 1540, the place of “first contact” between Europeans and Native People in the Southwest. The site was extensively excavated from 1917 to 1923 by archaeologist Frederick Hodge. It is a featured exhibit at the A:shiwi A:wan Museum & Heritage Center.
Village of the Great Kivas Tour
Experience this Chacoan-outlier village site with its “great” kivas as well as extensive nearby rock art (petroglyphs & pictographs). This “two-tours-in-one” provides a glimpse into the culture and society of Zuni’s distant past, with links to more recent history.
Historic Farming Village Tour
Visit historic Zuni farming village sites to learn about Zuni’s rich agricultural past through personal and cultural stories.
Badget Springs Tour
Visit this remote backcountry Great House to experience a rich variety of ancestral images.
Other remote backcountry tours may be available. Contact Zuni Pueblo for details.
Special Tour Experience
Re-Discover the Cities of Cibola
Spend a full day touring six of the seven ancestral villages, including Halona:Idiwan’a (present-day Zuni Pueblo), Hawikku (Where Coronado first arrived), and the unexcavated sites of K’wa’kin’a, Kechiba:wa, Mats’a:kya, and Kyaki:ma.
Please be aware that there are restrictions in place for non-Zuni’s related to witnessing religious activities. They ask that visitors respect their cultural privacy by following the appropriate etiquette and guidelines. Elahkwa, Thank You, for respecting Zuni traditions.