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TRIS DEROMA/Monitor
The Seasonal Dance Group of the Jemez Pueblo performed the Buffalo Dance on the day of the Jemez Historic Site’s grand opening. The site was recently retooled with interactive computerized exhibits to bring visitors closer inside the world of the ancient pueblo people.
Jemez Historic Site opens new exhibit space

With a hand-chipped blade of shiny black obsidian, much like the tool his ancestors centuries ago used to master life in the Jemez Mountains, Jemez Pueblo’s First. Lt. Gov. John Galvan cut a path to the 21st century Saturday.
Galvan used to the tool to cut a ribbon on the new, computer-enhanced exhibit space at the Jemez Historic Site.

The site, located on N.M. 4 in the village of Jemez Springs, tells the story of the ancestors of the Jemez Pueblo people and their coexistence with the Spanish and Catholic missionaries in the area. The site contains the ruins of San José del los Jémez a Catholic Church and priest quarters built in the 1600s.

“Jemez Village feels so fortunate to have this site within the village itself. It’s like a village within a village. The Jemez Historic site tells a very important story about Pueblo people. It also tells a very important story about resistance and doing what’s correct at a very important time,” Jemez Village Mayor Roger Sweet said at the ribbon cutting. “I think it’s a very major site in terms of all the sites in New Mexico for the story it tells. And the opening of the exhibit hall is an opportunity to tell that story.”

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