Curious about Native American culture? Wanna get past the cultural stereotypes that Hollywood pumps out and pushes on viewers? Hungry for fry bread? If you answered yes to any of the aforementioned questions, then make a trip out to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
This place is a tremendous resource for New Mexico, and we are truly lucky to have it. Growing up in this state, I never appreciated how much Native American culture surrounded me, and how unique this was as compared to the rest of the country. Coming to the IPCC really gives one an in-depth look at the lives, history, and culture of the Pueblo (and Apachean) tribes that have inhabited this land for centuries.
I found all of the exhibits to be very engaging and multi-dimensional. Culture, language, the environment, spirituality, all of these topics and more are discussed and explored. Beyond just having artifacts behind glass, the IPCC opens up culture and brings it to life with traditional dances performed in the courtyard. This is truly something worth seeing, especially in this context of learning.
Lastly, the IPCC also brings a unique culinary twist to the fore by offering a very good on-site restaurant. If that's a little too formal for you, there's a food kiosk outside in the courtyard, too. And, if you've still got money to burn and you want some authentic Native wares, the gift shop is always there.