History

A Run For Independence: Pueblo Independence Day at Jemez Historic Site

Runners on the Road 2016

 

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.

Commencement for runners with 1st Lt Governor Hilario Armijo and Senator Bennie Shendo 2016
Commencement for runners with 1st Lieutenant Hilario Armijo and Senator Bennie Shendo

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.

Corn Dance 2016

Corn Dancers

Buffalo Dancers 2016
Buffalo Dancers

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.

 

 

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