RULES OF ETIQUETTE WHEN VISITING THE PUEBLO OF JEMEZ
Jemez Pueblo has a closed village policy by the order of the Tribal Leaders; however, you are welcome to obtain community information at the Walatowa Welcome Center. Please obey and respect all rules and regulations of the Pueblo.
- Do not drive through residential areas in village
- New Mexico Pueblos are not “living museums” or theme parks, but are residential communities. Like any other community, these Pueblos are homes and should be respected as such.
- No photographs, visual/audio recording, or sketching allowed. No unauthorized publication of information regarding Pueblo activities especially during feast days.
- Do not climb walls or other structures. Some are several hundred years old and damage easily. Please do not pick up or remove any artifacts or objects.
- Pueblo Kivas and graveyards are not to be entered by visitors.
- Alcohol, weapons, and drugs will not be tolerated on the Pueblo. No pets allowed.
- Obey traffic, parking, and speed limit signs.
- The Pueblo of Jemez is not responsible for injuries, theft or damages incurred to visitors.
On Feast Days:
- Enter a Pueblo home as you would any other – by invitation only. It is courteous to accept an invitation to eat, but do not linger at the table, as your host will probably want to serve many guests throughout the day, thank your host, but a payment or tip is not appropriate.
- Pueblo dances are religious ceremonies, not performances. Please observe them as you would a church service, with respect and quiet attention. Please do not interrupt non-dance participants by asking questions or visiting with friends.
- During a dance is not the time to conduct business or loudly socialize. Many Pueblo members only have a chance to see certain dances once a year and may have traveled many miles to participate.
- Please refrain from talking to the dancers. Do not approach dancers as they are entering, leaving or resting near the kiva.
- Applause after dances is not appropriate.
Per Tribal Code Sections 3-2-88 and 3-2-92, it is unlawful for any person to photograph, videotape, sketch or record the Pueblo village, shrines or religious sites, or any cultural dances or events performed within the plaza.
Violators of these Sections will have their electronic devices/sketchbooks confiscated. Violators may be fined and/or face jail sentences, and have their equipment destroyed, as deemed appropriate by the Tribal Court or the Governor.
By Order of the Governor, the following are prohibited at the Pueblo of Jemez:
- Cell Phones
- Audio/Video Recorders
- Alcoholic Beverages/Drugs
The Pueblo of Jemez is not responsible for injuries, theft, or damages incurred by visitors.