Way to Behave
on an Indian Reservation
Author of "New Mexico's
Above all, be respectful. Assuming
you're not a Native American, come to dances, celebrations, festivals
and ceremonies only when they're announced as open to non-Indian
visitors. Often these are summer feast days, saints' days, Christian
religious holidays, New Year's Day and King's Day (Jan. 6).
Remember that most structures are
private residences. Don't climb on walls or buildings; don't stare
into windows or doorways. Don't enter sacred grounds, such as
cemeteries or kivas. Minimize talking during dances and
ceremonies; and do not applaud when they're over. These are religious
ceremonies, and clapping, whistling or shouting are not appropriate.
(Allowances may be made when dances and other ceremonies are conducted
at events catering specifically to non-Indians.)
Don't engage in photography, sketching
or tape recording unless specific permission has been granted.
If You Go: "Each pueblo
operates under its own sovereign government and establishes its
own rules for visitors," advises the Eight Northern Indian
Pueblos Council (505-852-4265), which gives away an official
visitors' guide. The directory lists all pueblo events open to
the public during the course of the year.
Insider Tip: At the
Santa Fe Indian Market and associated events, photography
is allowed, but be polite and secure permission from the subject
first. Ask before touching merchandise, and avoid long chats with
the artists unless sales are slow. Some sellers will haggle over
prices, others won't. By the end of the second day of Indian Market,
more artists are willing to bargain their prices down slightly.
Indian Market takes place the third weekend of August each year.
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