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Closing Ceremony, Three Sisters Exhibit

A closing ceremony for the Three Sisters Exhibit (Corn, Beans, and Squash) with programming provided by the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC).


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Jun 27, 2015
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) imbues Three Sisters Exhibit with Pueblo perspective through hands-on event.

The program includes activities and programs for both children and adults:

  • 10 a.m.: Discussion with Jemez Pueblo farmer Obsidian Caz, an advocate for traditional Pueblo farming techniques
  • 11 a.m.: Children’s Activity Time with storytelling, coloring & a make-your-own-planter activity led by IPCC farmer Aaron Kai (Laguna/Isleta Pueblo) and IPCC educator Bettina Sandoval (Taos Pueblo) in the Traditions Garden
  • 12 p.m.: Traditional Pueblo dances shared by the Cellicion Dancers of Zuni Pueblo
  • 1 p.m.: Open House with Pueblo farmers and hands-on cultivation activities in the Traditions Garden

More about the Event

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) is partnering with the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center to bring a Pueblo perspective to its exhibit "The Three Sisters and Their Cousins" with a special closing event.

Through hands-on gardening activities for children, traditional Pueblo dance and discussions with Pueblo farmers, the event will offer a valuable introduction to the role of corn, beans and squash in Pueblo culture, while providing lessons in sustainability and stewardship

The Three Sisters exhibit, which originated at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, explores the botanical history, medicinal value, cultural meaning, and the myths and stories of corn, beans and squash and their cousins, tomato, chile and avocado. Now showing in the Open Space Visitor Center Art Gallery, the show focuses primarily on Mesoamerica. The June 27 event celebrates the exhibit’s closing and integrates the experiences and history of Pueblo people into an important dialogue about agriculture, nutrition, sustenance and culture in New Mexico.

"Pueblo people along the Rio Grande were cultivating corn, beans and squash for thousands of years before European contact," said IPCC Executive Director Travis Suazo. "Our history is integral to the Southwest and New Mexico, and it is vital to bring our historical and cultural perspective to an exhibit about the Three Sisters."

About the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Image of the logo of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Founded in 1976 by the 19 Pueblo Indian Tribes of New Mexico, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a world-class museum and cultural center located in the historic Albuquerque Indian School District. The IPCC’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture and to advance understand by presenting with dignity and respect the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico. To learn more, please visit:

About the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center

The City of Albuquerque Open Space Division manages over 29,000 acres of extraordinary landscapes protected as Major Public Open Space and includes world-class archaeological sites, dormant volcanoes, forested mountains and uplands, desert grasslands, farmland, migratory bird habitat, wetlands, and a 20-mile section of the world’s largest riverside cottonwood forest. Begin your exploration of these diverse and special places at the Open Space Visitor Center. Learn more at

About the Three Sisters Exhibit

For centuries, from Mesoamerica to the American Southwest, peoples in this region have found sustenance in the basic foods presented in the exhibit Three Sisters: Corn, Beans and Squash.

By presenting the botanical history, the medicinal value and the cultural meaning of these foods, we hope to interest visitors in the foods that provided nutrition to the earliest farmers.

The exhibit is presented in both English and Spanish.


Closing Ceremony, Three Sisters Exhibit

Zuni Dancers


Jodi Hedderig
For more information, call (505) 897-8831 or (505) 980-1767, or email