New Mexico: Nambe


Speaking a dialect of the Tewa language, the Nambe people settled in northern New Mexico in the early 14th century. Historically, they are known for their agriculture, textiles and pottery production.  


The Nambe Pueblo was a primary cultural, economic and religious center when the Spanish colonists invaded in the early 17th century. They were also one of the Pueblos that helped lead the infamous Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The Nambe Pueblo is a federally recognized tribe and an Indian Tribe under the Indian Reorganization Act of June 18, 1934. 


Just 20 miles north of Santa Fe, the Nambe Pueblo is entirely surrounded by non-Native towns. Part of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos, Nambe is a popular stop for travelers given the beauty and recreation at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the nearby Nambe Falls Recreation Area.  

They have a population of 1,600 on almost 20,000 acres of reservation land. The acreage is filled with cottonwoods, junipers and oak. Weaving and pottery have become very popular among the Nambe people today. 

Keeping traditions alive, language revitalization and ceremonies are the center of the Nambe culture. Traditional dances are common, their kiva is active and the entire community is involved in protecting their natural resources. The pueblo also honors San Francisco de Asis, the patron saint of Santa Fe, during their annual feast.  

The Nambe Pueblo Healthy Family Services Department promotes community wellness by providing cultural services intended to increase safety, awareness and accountability for health and wellness in Nambe families. With an unemployment rate of 10%, roughly 17% of all Nambe Natives live below poverty level.