Friday, January 8, 2010
The city of Santa Fe and its surrounding areas offer an abundance of locations that provide a personal understanding of native culture and its influence on local art and design. Guests of The Don Gaspar Inn can travel a short distance to any of the 19 pueblos located around the state for rich cultural experiences on native lands. Pueblos offer a look at diverse landscape, art, and architectural elements with tradition and purpose. Local feast days are a great way to witness the tradition of celebration amongst tribes. Music and dancing are part of a ritual celebration honoring long time traditions and rituals. On January 23, natives of the San Ildefonso will celebrate their Feast Day with Comanche and Buffalo or Deer Dance. San Ildefonso was home to renowned potter Maria Martinez and her husband, Julian, who developed their famous black-on-black matte pottery, introduced to the world by Maria at the 1904 World Fair in St. Louis. Many potters continue to create the black-on-black style and San Ildefonso today remains a major arts community, where visitors can purchase work from artists' homes. Visitors can learn more at the Maria Poveka Martinez Museum and the San Ildefonso Museum. The San Ildefonso Pueblo is located 23 miles north of Santa Fe. For directions, hours of operation and feast details call (505) 455-3549. The Don Gaspar Inn, Blue Lake Ranch, and The Casa Blanca Inn are members of the Inns of the Southwest.