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Bienvenidos (Spanish), Be-Po-Wa-Ve (Tewa), He-Ya-Ho (Tiwa), Daanzho (Apache). These are all ways to say, Welcome! to the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area.

Each of these languages is still spoken in Northern New Mexico, a Cradle of Settlement that encompasses a mosaic of cultures, including the Jicarilla Apache, 8 Tewa and Tiwa Native Pueblos, and communities established by the descendants of Spanish colonists who settled in the area beginning in 1598, a generation before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock.

Residents continue to speak their native languages along with English, and to share the traditions and practices of their ancestors in a cultural expression that leaves a strong imprint on residents and visitors alike. Indeed, visitors are advised that most of the place names and references are in Spanish, with Spanish pronunciations.

The Heritage Area stretches south to north from I-40 in the center of the State to the Colorado border. Area boundaries include all of Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos counties, a total area of 10,000 square miles in North-central New Mexico.


Centuries Stitches Fall Festivals
The Northern Rio Grande NHA is hosting the 5th Biennial NNM Spanish Colonial Colcha Embroidery Art Exhibition in partnership with Colcha Friends and the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center.  An opening reception will be held from 1PM to 4PM on Saturday, September 29th at the Heritage Center in Alcalde.  The exhibit will extend from October 1 to November 1, 2018.



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The Northern Rio Grande NHA has established a collaboration with the El Pueblo History Museum, to present Without Borders: Art Sín Fronteras, in Pueblo, Colorado.  The exhibit presents the work of artists from Northern New Mexico, Western Texas, Southern California, Central Arizona, and Southern Colorado, exploring the concept of Borderlands and what homelands are today.  The exposition has been curated by Leland Chapin, who is the staff curator of the Casa Rosada Contemporary Art Gallery at the Northern Rio Grande NHA Heritage Center.  A total of 17 artists will be featured in the exhibit, most from Northern NM. RSVP at our facebook page.
SEPTEMBER 20:  This is the opening day of the exhibit in Pueblo, with live performances and entertainment. The exhibit will run through February 2019.  A display of artists’ profiles will be shown at the Heritage Center.

LAND WATER PEOPLE TIME - Your Cultural Guide to Northern New Mexico - 2018/2019 Edition

The new fourth issue of our Heritage Area publication is now available in Taos, Española, Santa Fe and vicinities at selected magazine stands and visitor centers, and at our National Heritage Center in Alcalde.  You may read it online at

Our Meet The Artists section will be undergoing upgrade to facilitate submission and posting of artist's profiles. This will enable visitors to contact artists of all types throughout the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area and to view samples of their work.


Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Center is located at 848 State Road 68 in Alcalde, NM