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St. Bonaventure Feast Day at Cochiti Pueblo

By Nancy Walkup, posted on Jul 14, 2010

Pueblo Art and Culture at Ghost Ranch in Santa Fe started tonight. Half of our participants are alumni from last year - nice to see everyone again!

Tomorrow we are going to Cochiti Pueblo for the St. Bonaventure Feast Day. Cochiti is the pueblo where the tradition of the storyteller figure was popularized by Helen Cordero.
Arnold Herrera, an artist and Cochiti member, spoke tonight to our group to provide background for tomorrow. He included Cochiti rules about which we must comply.
The following is from the Cochiti Pueblo website:
As a pueblo people, respect for others and oneself is primary to maintain balance in life.  The Pueblo de Cochiti requests that respect be given for privacy of its members, for the rules and regulations for visiting the Pueblo, and for Tribal Officials by all visitors to the Pueblo.  In turn, the Pueblo offers a wide variety of experiences to visitors including recreation areas, pueblo dances, access to pueblo artists, and many more.  
Visitor Rules and Regulations:


  1. Sketching, recording, picture taking, and any other means of audio or visual reproduction is prohibited within the Pueblo.  The Pueblo de Cochiti belief is that when an experience is unforgettable, that the experience is maintained in ones heart and mind, and cannot be reproduced unless experienced first-hand.  This gives the opportunity to re-visit the Pueblo de Cochiti and bring friends and family to share those experiences.
  2. Please refrain from entering ceremonial buildings or other structures and areas without permission.  Most ceremonial structures, and restricted areas are clearly marked with signs within the Pueblo.  If a visitor is unsure whether they should enter a structure or area, they should obtain permission from a pueblo member before entering.
  3. Please refrain from littering on the Reservation.  The Pueblo has recently instituted a fine schedule for littering.  These fines are strictly enforced.
  4. Observe all traffic rules. 
  5. Respect the Pueblo, its Laws and its People.  Tribal Officials police the area throughout the day and night; please show these officials respect by obeying our laws, and their judgments.
Much like the photography restrictions at Georgia O'Keeffe's house in Abiquiu, we will be forced to pay close attention.