Corn Dances

Most of the New Mexico pueblos hold dances throughout the year. There are summer dances and winter dances. There are fall dances and spring dances. But all corn dances speak to the rain because rain mediates between sun and earth―the father and mother of corn.
The schedule for dances at various pueblos is available at the Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico,  or the New Mexico Tourism Department.
When visiting a pueblo, be respectful of the community―as if you were entering a stranger’s home.
  • Call ahead to make sure the dances will be open to visitors.
  • At most pueblos, photography is prohibited. Some require a permit.
  • Obey all posted signs.
  • Do not enter a kiva. Do not climb on walls, structures, or ladders.
  • Do not bring alcohol, drugs, firearms, or pets into the pueblo.
  • Silence is mandatory during all tribal dances and ceremonies. Dances are religious ceremonies, not performances. Therefore, applause is not appropriate.
  • Do not enter a home unless you are invited. If food is offered, be gracious and accept the invitation, but do not linger.
  • Limit questions about religion, culture, or traditions. Some information cannot be shared with the public.
  • Do enjoy the experience. You can feel the earth’s vibrations from the dancers’ pounding feet, hear the rhythmic sounds of chanting and drumming, smell the aromas of bread baking in outdoor ovens, and savor stews and tacos.

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