The state of New Mexico turns 100 this year, yet this vast land of mountains and desert has been the home to American Indians for thousands of years. The first known inhabitants, the Clovis culture of Paleo-Indians, lived in what is today Mexico some 11,500 years ago. By the time Europeans began pouring into the region, the Pueblo peoples, including Apache, Navajo and Ute, were living there.
Today, as tourists head to the Land of Enchantment to take in its many natural wonders, from Aztec Ruins National Monument to the Carlsbad Caverns, the Hyatt Regency Tamaya is offering guests a “cultural vacation experience” according to a hotel press release. The hotel is located on the Pubelo of Santa Ana, which has been occupied by the Santa Ana Pueblo people since at least the late 16th century.
“The Hyatt Regency Tamaya is dedicated to preserving the traditions of the Pueblo of Santa Ana by educating travelers from throughout the world about its customs and traditions,” said Jena Marquez, public relations and marketing manager at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in the release. “The resort provides an opportunity for history buffs and families alike to better understand Native American culture.”
Visitors will be able to taken in the incredible architectural pueblo design, watch how bread is baked in a huruna oven with a member of the Santa Ana Pueblo, watch American Indian jewelry making, clay making and pottery classes, and bear witness to traditional American Indian dance and music performances. For many visitors to the state, this will be their first education in a millennia’s worth of Indian culture that has existed long before New Mexico became the 47th state in the union on January 6, 1912.
“The resort also houses the Tamaya Cultural Learning Center,” the release stated. “The center educates resort guests about the Tamayame (People of Tamaya) and their settlement on the Pueblo of Santa Ana, and showcases authentic Native American artwork from throughout New Mexico including paintings, photography, sculpture and ceramic, weavings, and pottery.”
For reservations or more information, please call (800) 55-HYATT (800-554-9288) or visit www.tamaya.hyatt.com.