Gain an artful understanding of Native American life

  • View caves, petroglyphs and an ancestral pueblo village
  • Learn the importance of rattles to both musical and healing ceremonies
  • Create your own personal drum made from natural materials


Native American Experiences

Taos Pueblo, Photo Courtesy New Mexico TRUE

Pueblo Life: A Guided Experience

Visit Tsankawi, which in the native Tewa language means "Villiage Between Two Canyons." This village was built by ancient Puebloans in Bandalier National Monument. At Tsankawi you will embark on a mile and a half walk along a mesa to view caves, petroglyphs and the ancestral pueblo village. Enjoy a meal prepared by the Pueblo after a pottery demonstration hosted by native talent. Conclude your experience with a Pueblo tour steeped with artful understanding and appreciation of pueblo life.

Ceremonial Rattle-Making

The rattle is a musical instrument as well as a healing tool, and can be made out of many different objects: hide, wood, gourds, cans, eggs and shells, to name a few, and decorated with materials, such as beads, furs, or feathers. The experience concludes with a ceremony during which the rattles are brough to life to introduce them into the world of music and healing.

Ceremonial Drum-Making

Spaniards introduced two-headed drums used by the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico over 400 years ago. The art of drum-making is still prevalent and we've created an experience for our guests to create their own personal drum made from natural materials.

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