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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

A special 30 anniversary screening of the film Powwow Highway will take place in the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s (IPCC) mural-lined courtyard on Thursday, August 29, 7:00 p.m. One of the film’s lead actors, Gary Farmer (Smoke Signals,Longmire, Forever Knight), will be present for a meet-and-greet. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Cultural Education staff will be on hand making fresh, hot frybread, and popcorn will be available, too. There will also be a hand-drum contest, raffles, and community fun.

All proceeds raised through the screening will benefit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s upcoming 6th Annual Pueblo Film Fest, the only film festival in the world devoted to the work of Pueblo filmmakers. This year’s theme is Our Words, Our Wisdom. Pueblo Film Fest is scheduled for November 15, 16, and 17 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and will include film screenings, workshops, and discussions with Pueblo and Native filmmakers, along with feature-length films, documentaries, short films, and music videos.

Pictured: 'Pow Wow Highway' film poster

“Movie-watching is more than just eating from a jumbo-size candy box; it’s modern-day storytelling at its finest,” says Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Education Coordinator, Stephanie Oyenque (Acoma Pueblo). “Movie watching allows a group of people to come together in a moment of time to share in emotion, like humor or sadness, and to share an idea or concept, so you can make your conclusions.”

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This special screening is presented in partnership with the 24 RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival & Awards to ALL Creations.

Powwow Highway, released in 1989, is an R-rated drama with humorous moments. Two Cheyenne Indian friends with very different outlooks on life set off on a road trip. Philbert Bono (Gary Farmer) is a spiritual seeker trying to find the answers to life’s questions; his pal, Buddy Red Bow (A Martinez), is a realist who sees the world in black-and-white terms. When Buddy’s sister is jailed in Santa Fe, N.M., the mismatched duo hit the highway in Philbert’s dilapidated 1964 Buick and experience wild twists and turns on their journey of self-discovery. Much of the movie was filmed in New Mexico, including Nambé Pueblo, the Santa Fe plaza, and Taos.

Powwow Highway in the courtyard takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque. Refreshment sales and a suggested donation of $5 per guest will go to support the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s 6th Annual Pueblo Film Fest this November. Guests should bring their own chairs and blankets for a more festive experience. Doors open at 6:30, and meet-and-greet with Gary Farmer at 7:00. The hand-drum contest will take place at 8:00, and the film will begin at 8:30.

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 19 Pueblos District. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’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 and

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