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Pueblo Independence Day at Jemez State Monument

On August 14 from 7:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. Jemez State Monument will host the 8th Annual commemoration of Pueblo Independence Day. On August 10, 1680—the Pueblo People of New Mexico, aided by Apache and Navajo allies—launched a successful rebellion against Spanish colonization. Commemorative activities will begin with a pilgrimage run from Walatowa plaza in Jémez Pueblo to Gisewa Pueblo kiva at Jémez State Monument (approximately a half marathon or 13 miles). 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 run begins at 7:00 a.m., and the general public is welcome to participate. Volunteers will provide water stations at one mile intervals, and a shuttle service for slow runners will be available. At 10:00 a.m., guest speakers will welcome all the runners and their sponsors to the monument. The following festivities, between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., will feature: Jemez Traditional dances and Native American flute music. There will also be authentic Native arts & crafts and Native food. There is no admission fee for any of the activities related to this event. For info: 575-829-3530, nmmonuments.org
   

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