Bandelier to celebrate fall fiesta on Saturday

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Visitors are invited to spend a fine autumn day in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier’s annual Fall Fiesta from 11-3 Saturday at Bandelier National Monument’s Visitor Center.

Each weekend through the summer, Pueblo cultural demonstrators showcase their work at the park.

For the Fall Fiesta, all these artists are invited to come on the one day, sell their crafts, and talk with visitors.  In addition, it’s also a chance for the artists to visit with each other.

Handmade items that are expected to be available include pottery, jewelry, drums, and carvings.  A Pueblo dance group is scheduled to present traditional dances several times during the day, and the Santa Fe Raptor Center is planning to bring their rescue birds.

“We are very lucky to have these fine Pueblo artisans and demonstrators come and share their skills, knowledge, and beautiful work with us,” said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. “Their stories and traditions go back in an unbroken line to their long-ago relatives here. Visiting with them helps the rest of us to make connections with the Ancestral Pueblo people who made their homes in Bandelier’s cliffs and canyons.”

Visitors need to remember to use the shuttle buses, which will be running every 20 minutes starting at 9 a.m. For details or information, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517, check the website at nps.gov/band, or follow the park Facebook page at BandelierNPS.