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The Pueblo of Pojoaque and the Continuous Pathways Foundation will host a Gala Dinner and Auction to benefit the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at Buffalo Thunder Resort. The event will celebrate 25 years of sustaining and constructing legacies for Native artists and communities.
The Poeh Center has a strong legacy of training Native artists and exhibiting the traditional and the cutting edge in Native arts.
Pueblo of Pojoaque Governor George Rivera was told by many that the center “would never be built” and that it was “not needed.” Despite the discouragement, the Pueblo moved forward to create the Poeh Cultural Center, which opened in 1988.
“The Center’s deep sense of community is built on gathering, sharing, eating, laughing and being,” says Rina Swentzell, a Native American author and scholar who has been involved with the Poeh since its inception.
The gala pays tribute to the place of gathering, sharing and creativity that the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum has provided for the community.
The gala also celebrates the future, as programs are renewed and plans for new growth are made, including breaking ground for new buildings around the museum. The Poeh Center has trained more than 2,000 artists, and each year more than 200 people attend classes there.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m., with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Grand Ballroom of the Buffalo Thunder Resort. Dinner will include seasonal squash soup, and bison and vegetables from the Pueblo’s own bison herd and agricultural programs.
There will be a silent, live auction with award-winning work by Poeh Center art students. The auction will include one-of-a-kind works created for the event by top Native artists, including Roxanne Swentzell, Rose B. Simpson, Mateo Romero, Christine McHorse, Fritz Casuse, Tony Abeyta, Adrian Wall, Cody Sanderson, Ryan Benally, the Gaussion Family, Upton Ethelbah, and George Rivera.
Tickets are $150 per person; $1,250 per table of 10.
The Poeh Center is the first cultural center of its type, serving the Native community through teaching the arts and helping to revitalize language, song, and dance.
By offering training and studio space to Pueblo artists, the Center helps stimulate knowledge of Pueblo legacies and traditions. And by blending cultural revitalization and economic development in a unique partnership, the Pueblo creates employment opportunities through its support of cultural activities.
The Pueblo of Pojoaque and the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum serve both the Pueblo and local communities. The permanent exhibition Nah Poeh Meng (On the Continuous Path) portrays Tewa history from within the Tewa worldview, offering both Native and non-Native visitors a chance to experience Tewa stories through art, word, and history. The Poeh Center was recognized in 2013 as a “Best Cultural Heritage Experience” by the American Indian Alaskan Native Tourism Association.