Seventh Annual Sun Mountain Gathering Returns to Santa Fe

Features Native American Music, Dance, Spear Throwing, Pottery Making, and Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

Date September 14, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Categories Family


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Sun Mountain Gathering, a unique cultural celebration for all ages, returns to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on Saturday, October 4, 2008. Geared to families and free to the public, this annual favorite is filled with activities such as pump drills, arrow making, spear throwing, and pottery making. This adventure into the past will be held at Milner Plaza on Museum Hill"„¢ in Santa Fe from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October, 4, 2008.

Since 2002, Sun Mountain Gathering has allowed visitors to explore Southwestern archaeology and celebrates over 12,000 years of New Mexican cultural heritage. Native American dancers and musicians will perform throughout the day on Milner Plaza with mountain views in all directions.

With activities for every age and interest, the festival provides visitors many opportunities to learn about archaeology and the ancient technology and traditional arts of Native peoples in the southwest. Exhibits on archaeology and native foods are planned, along with demonstrations of Native crafts, including pottery making, flint-knapping, friction fire-starting, stone axe use, traditional gardening, and a mock archaeology dig, to name just a few. Visitors will also learn traditional arts by trying their hand at forming a coiled pot, making rope from yucca, making and painting a replica of a parfleche, using a traditional pump drill, or making a gourd rattle.

Representatives of Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary will be returning to the Sun Mountain Gathering again this year, affording participants an opportunity to see and pet a real wolf. Hawks Aloft will also be on hand to present raptor education.

Another main attraction is the Atlatl Range. The atlatl and dart were the first true and natural weapons system of the human race, invented thousands of years before the bow and arrow and used longer by humans than any other weapon system yet developed. Festival visitors may stop by the Atlatl Range to try their hand at spear throwing using replicas of prehistoric atlatls.

Located on Museum Hill"„¢, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture shares the beautiful Milner Plaza with the Museum of International Folk Art. Here, Now and Always, an ongoing exhibition, combines the voices of living Native Americans with ancient and contemporary artifacts and interactive multimedia to tell the complex stories of the Southwest. The Buchsbaum Gallery displays works from the region's pueblos. Five changing galleries present exhibits on subjects ranging from archaeological excavations to contemporary art. In addition, an outdoor sculpture garden offers rotating exhibits of works by Native American sculptors.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Information for the Public

Location: The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is located on Museum Hill"„¢, Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail.

Information: 505-476-1269 or visit

Days/Times: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. (between Memorial Day and Labor Day the museum is open seven days.)

Admission: School groups free. Children 16 and under free. New Mexico residents with ID free on Sundays. New Mexico resident Senior Citizens (age 60+) with ID free Wednesdays. Museum Foundation members free. NM Veterans with 50% or more disability free. Students with ID $1 discount. Single visit to one museum: $8.00 for non-state residents; $6.00 for New Mexico residents. Four-day pass to five museums including state-run museums in Santa Fe plus The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art $18.00. One-day pass for two museums (Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture OR New Mexico Museum of Art and Palace of the Governors) $12.00. Group rate for ten or more people: single visit $6.00, four day pass $16.00.