Apache Crown Dancers performing at the 92nd Inter-Tribal Ceremonial in Gallup,NM.

Native American New Mexico, Ancient and Modern

Even if you’re visiting only a small area on your trip, there’s a lot of American Indian history to see in and around each place in New Mexico—but definitely try to schedule a visit around a dance ceremony at a pueblo, as this will give you the most memorable impression of the living culture.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta fills the sky every October.

The Best Fall Festivals in New Mexico

When autumn settles over New Mexico, it brings crisp temperatures, clear skies, and brilliant colors, especially to the cool mountains. Therefore, fall is a great time to visit and enjoy a number of festivals and events in this southwest state. From the dazzling hues of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta to the delicious tastes and smells of the Santa Fe Indian Market, to the engaging songs of Native American ceremonial dances, there are exciting events to please every type of traveler around this time of year.

Girls in traditional dress with skull facepaint walk down in the street in the Marigold Parade.

Festivals and Events in Albuquerque

From the nine day extravaganza that is the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival to the Marigold Parade celebrating the Mexican Day of the Dead, here are festivals and events worth traveling to see.

Silhouette of a wireframed sculpture of native american men on horseback.

Native American Roots in Montana and Wyoming

The culture and lives of indigenous people have powerfully defined the identities of both Montana and Wyoming. Both states offer tremendous opportunities for those interested in learning about and experiencing Native American history, traditions, and contemporary life.

A fringed circle split into four sections of white, red, yellow, and black with Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina written around it.

The Legend of Henry Berry Lowry

In the Lumbee community of Robeson County, folk hero Henry Berry Lowry is a source of fierce pride, a symbol of their resistance and resilience. Learn more about Henry Berry and the Lowry Band.

View along the shore of Whitefish Dunes State Park.

Whitefish Dunes State Park in Door County

Some say Whitefish Dunes State Park, eight miles northeast of Sturgeon Bay, is the most pleasant park in the state system. Decide for yourself with this overview of the park and its facilities.

Forestry service workers walk through a field of tall thin pines.

Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation in Eastern Texas

One of only three Indian reservations in Texas, the Alabama-Coushatta reservation represents the distinctive heritage of this small yet proud group. At one time the tribe offered tours, a museum, and cultural events for tourists; unfortunately, they are no longer operating. Regardless, visitors are encouraged to spend time at the reservation’s campground or fishing on Lake Tombigbee.

Damp leaves cover the ground beneath an abandoned trestle.

Piney Woods: The Natural Heart of East Texas

Comprised of several national forests and not much else, most of this vast area remains as it has for centuries, when Native American tribes and pioneers hunted wild game in the dense woods by day and slept under the canopy of pine boughs by night.