Museum of Archaeology to Celebrate Tigua Cultural Heritage Day

The El Paso Museum of Archaeology and the Tigua Indian Cultural Center invite the public to celebrate Native American Heritage Month at the annual Tigua Cultural Heritage Day event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, at the Museum of Archaeology.

“We are excited to host members of the Tigua community from Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo as part of our Native American Heritage month celebrations. This is a great opportunity for our visitors to learn about the different cultures that make up El Paso,” said El Paso Museum of Archaeology Director Jeff Romney.

The Tigua of Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo are descendants of refugees from the Río Abajo or lower Rio Grande pueblos who were forced to march south to El Paso with the Spanish during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

The settlement established for them was named Ysleta Del Sur, or Ysleta of the South, to distinguish it from their former home in Isleta, New Mexico, near what is now Albuquerque.

Native American Heritage has been recognized by the United States in various ways since 1976 when President Gerald Ford proclaimed a week in October as Native American Awareness Week.

The event is free and open to the public. Event activities include archery, atl-atl demonstrations, Tigua dances, Tigua bread sampling, films, craft demonstrations and vendor booths.

November was proclaimed Native American Heritage Month in 1990.

For more information on this event, contact the El Paso Museum of Archaeology at (915) 755-4332.