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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.

Tigua Pueblo Outraged After New Statue Vandalized

The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo awoke Monday morning to an act of vandalism that struck at the heart of the traditional Tigua community in the Lower Valley.

According to Tigua officials, the new Nestoa Piarote statue in front of the tribe’s cultural center was vandalized sometime overnight Sunday into Monday.  Once dawn broke, community members saw the statue with what appeared to be red paint poured over the work of art.

Sergio Loera, Traditional Council Member, says the timing of the vandalism could not have come at a worse time.

“It’s just outrageous that this occurred right after our Pow Wow celebration – ‘Rocking the Rez‘ – and right on Columbus day,” Loera said. “as indigenous people all around the country and here as well still feel the well-known pain as a result…this really hurts.”  The tribe is also set to celebrate Pueblo Reunion Day.

Loera went on to say that many local residents saw the vandalism on their way to work or taking their children to school, and notified Tribal Police.

He added that nothing like this has ever happened to any of the displays at the cultural center – a valley mainstay since the 1990’s.

The Nestoa Piarote statue was installed at the cultural center in July of this year.

The Tigua Tribal Police are asking anyone with information to reach out and contact them (915-860-9653) and a reward of between $1000 and $2000 is being offered by Tigua officials for information leading to legal action against those who vandalized the statue.

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