On August 10, 1680, the Pueblo People of New Mexico, aided by Apache and Navajo allies, launched a successful rebellion against Spanish colonization. A pilgrimage run kicked off the commemorative activities in Jemez on August 7. Runners started at Walatowa Plaza in Jemez Pueblo and ran to the Giusewa Pueblo kiva at Jemez Historic Site, a run of almost 13 miles.
At 10:00 AM, guest speakers welcomed all the runners and their sponsors to the site.
Participating in this run, or supporting a runner, is a way to pay tribute to the Ancestors and show appreciation for the sacrifices they made. Their brave resistance helped preserve the Pueblo way of life: our culture, our languages and our right to one day reclaim our aboriginal lands.
The festivities that followed the run featured Jemez traditional dances and Native American flute music. There were displays of beautiful authentic Native arts, and of course, everyone feasted on delicious Native food!
Jemez Historic Site is located at Highway 4 in Jemez Springs.