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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Unveils Two New Exhibits This April

On Saturday, April 15, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center / IPCC will unveil two new temporary exhibits that explore contemporary Pueblo life.

After months of renovation in Albuquerque, N.M., officials at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) say the dust will soon settle in their South Gallery. On Saturday, April 15, the IPCC will unveil two new temporary exhibits that explore contemporary Pueblo life.

The two exhibits are entitled “Long Ago…”, which will present the tradition of storytelling by leading visitors through a series of Pueblo tales, while the exhibit “Pueblo People & Our Modern Environment” will highlight the Pueblo people’s relationship to the land and natural resources.

IPCC's South Gallery is transforming into extraordinary exhibits spring 2017 - Courtesy Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

IPCC's South Gallery is transforming into extraordinary exhibits spring 2017

“It’s so important to me that the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center show the world what a vibrant living culture we have as Pueblo people,” said Museum Director Monique Fragua (Jemez) in their release. “Our permanent exhibit will always offer visitors the chance to learn our history as told by Pueblo people in our own voices. Now the South Gallery will serve as a space for us to engage with guests by presenting different topics for a deeper, richer understanding.”

In the exhibit “Long Ago…” IPCC Project Specialist Leo Vicenti (Jicarilla Apache) collected stories from each Pueblo across the region to reflect the people’s diversity and wisdom. Vicenti then translated these stories into colorful illustrations.

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“Long Ago…” explores the relationship between the Pueblo people and Mother Earth through agriculture. The exhibit looks at everything from greeting the sun at dawn to respecting the resources of the Earth. The exhibit was overseen in part by the IPCC’s new Curator of Exhibitions, Rachel Moore (Hopi), who joined the IPCC in early March 2017.

Preparations are underway for the IPCC's two new exhibits opening April 15, 2017.

Preparations are underway for the IPCC's two new exhibits opening April 15, 2017.

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“Visitors will learn about Puebloan agricultural practices as well as the values and beliefs that continue to shape who we are in the modern era,” said Moore in the release. “This perspective has been passed down generation by generation, and it’s important that we continue sharing it into the future.”

Both exhibits will be open to the public daily starting April 15 at 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque.

The temporary exhibits will add to the museum’s permanent exhibit “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story,” which opened in April 2016 as part of the IPCC’s 40th anniversary celebration.

IPCC's South Gallery is transforming into extraordinary exhibits spring 2017. Courtesy Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

IPCC's South Gallery is transforming into extraordinary exhibits spring 2017.

IPCC Members will also enjoy an exclusive sneak preview event on Friday, April 14. “Long Ago…” will be open through July 2018, and “Pueblo People & Our Modern Environment” will run through September 2017.

Visitors can experience the new exhibits seven days a week from 9am to 5pm.

About the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Founded in 1976 by the 19 Pueblo Indian Tribes of New Mexico, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a world-class museum and cultural center located in the historic Albuquerque Indian School District. The IPCC’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture and to advance understand by presenting with dignity and respect the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico. To learn more, please visit: www.facebook.com/IndianPueblo and www.indianpueblo.org

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