Please follow these rules of etiquette when visiting Nambe Pueblo:

  • Call ahead to confirm event dates, as well as access to tribal lands. There are times when tribal leaders need to restrict access because of private ceremonies and other reasons.
  • Although Nambe Pueblo is open to the public during daylight hours, the homes are private. Like any village, the Plaza is home to those who live there and should be respected as such.
  • Nambe Pueblo requires a permit to photograph, sketch or paint on location. At certain times, photography is completely restricted. Please check with the Tribal Office for the permitting process. Once a permit is obtained, always ask for permission before taking a photograph of a tribal member. REMEMBER: cameras and film can be confiscated.
  • The carrying or use of alcohol and drugs on Pueblos is strictly prohibited.
  • Tribes value traditions, customs and religion. Tribal dances are religious ceremonies, not public performances. It is a privilege to witness a ceremony.
  • Silence is mandatory during all dances and Pueblo ceremonies. This means no questions about the ceremonies or dances while they are underway; no interviews with the participants; no walking across the dance plaza; and, no applause during / after the dance or ceremony.
  • Many areas within the Pueblo are sacred and restricted for use by Pueblo members only. These areas include, but are not limited to; Pueblo villages, including Kivas, ceremonial rooms, and cemeteries.
  • Many of the structures are hundreds of years old. Do not scale walls or climb on top of buildings.
  • Nature is sacred to Nambe Pueblo. Littering is strictly prohibited.
  • On feast days and other public observances, enter a Pueblo home as you would any other – by invitation only. It is courteous to accept an invitation to eat, but not to linger at the table, as your host will want to serve numerous guests throughout the day. Thank your host, but a payment or tip is not appropriate.
  • Please obey all traffic and speed limit signs.  Children and pets play near the roads. Also be cautious of livestock on or near main roadways.
  • Observe all signage indicating OFF LIMITS while visiting Nambe Pueblo.
  • If organized tours are offered, please remember to stay with your tribal guide at all times.
  • Do not remove artifacts, pottery shards or other tempting items.
  • Tribal communities do not use the clock to determine when it is time to conduct activities. Acts of nature, as well as the sequence of events that must take place (some not for public viewing) usually determine start and finish times for ceremonies.

 

(Adapted from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center website)