Sunday, July 10, 2011

Poeh Center

Pojoaque Pueblo, New Mexico

"The Pueblo of Pojoaque’s Tribal Council established the Poeh Center in 1988 as the first permanent tribally owned and operated mechanism for cultural preservation and revitalization within the Pueblo communities of the northern Rio Grande Valley. The Center emphasizes arts and cultures of all Pueblo People with focus on the Tewa-speaking Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara and Tesuque; and the Tiwa-speaking Pueblos of Picuris and Taos.

Since its inception, the Center’s mission has been to Support the future of Pueblo people by: Teaching the arts, Collecting great works of art, and Promoting public under-standing of, and respect for, Pueblo history and culture. After twelve years, the Center, its educational initiative, Poeh Arts, and its Museum have taken that mission to heart and evolved into successful vehicles for artistic expression, both Native American and public education, and successful economic development strategies.

Tewa is the traditional language and the culture of six of New Mexico’s eight northern Pueblos. In Tewa, “Poeh” means pathway. The Poeh Center is a living pathway where tradition travels between the past and the present and leads into the future, ensuring further creativity. In this role, the Poeh Center embodies the essence of what it means to be Tewa -- to be Pueblo -- in a context of cultural continuity. "


  1. Superb capture, James, and such a very interesting post for the day! Thank you! Hope you have a great week!


  2. Fabulous photo, James. I love how you framed it from inside a building.
    This must be a wonderful place to visit. I have always been fascinated by the Pueblo people, and by New Mexico, which is still on my bucket list.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. The framing on this and the composition are fabulous... So much you have shared about the Pueblo people. Merci


  4. So many talented American Indians. Art and Culture are well celebrated in this region.
    A great picture.

  5. this IS fabulous, James! I LOVE how you framed the image...awesome work. We visited the Taos Pueblo when we were in New Mexico last October...fascinating, aren't they! I am in awe of this photo...can't say enough about it!!!!!

  6. What a fabulous reportage James!
    Love the way those shadows framed the light spot architecture!

  7. Wonderful composition and unusual architecture!
    Thanks for sharing, James;o)
    ¤ Have a nice and happy week ¤

  8. Being a fanatic reader of Tony Hillerman's work, I've heard about that kind of place. And some words make me dream:Rio Grande, Taos, Tesuque...I love the way you framed the picture!

  9. A beatifully framed image...processing seems well suited. Nice forms captured in the light.

  10. I love the processing of this shot and it really appeals to me how you framed the pueblo naturally with the shape and shadows of the pole structure. nicely done.

  11. James,
    The simple window framing your photo is in one of Pueblo houses?? I see pride, dignity, peace and more in your photo, and I love it very much. Great shot! How wonderful and thoughtful it is that the Poeh Center was established and has been working for cultural preservation and revitalization for Pueblo people.
    The words “a living pathway where tradition travels between the past and the present and leads into the future” sank into my heart deeply. Thank you for posting such a magnificent photo and words!

  12. This is a very interesting post. Living in Oklahoma I am somewhat familiar with the plains Indians who were indigenous here and the eastern tribes who were removed here in the early 19th century but know virtually nothing about the Pueblos. I looked up the web site for the Poeh Center hoping to see some of the art on display there but didn't find much. I need to dig deeper.

  13. The angle at which you've taken the shot is fantastic, actually the window has doubled up as a frame for that scene!

    TQ for visiting n commenting on my blog post A Tale of Mount Kinabalu - Crocker Range

  14. Just LOVE the framing of this shot. I had to look very carefully to see what it was. Great!

  15. Now this is a place I really would love to visit! Fantastic adobe architecture and awesome shot, James.