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The Tamale – A New Mexico Tradition of Hospitality

Red Chile Pork Tamales served at Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe!

Red Chile Pork Tamales served at Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe!

History of Tamales

This blog has been prepared for guests of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe. In response to the popularity of our New Mexico red chile pork tamales served hot daily for breakfast. We hope you enjoy the History of the Tamale!!

“Tamale” is derived from the word tamalii an Aztec word meaning “wrapped food”. Though we are not certain when or who invented the tamale, we do know tamales were written about since pre-Columbian days. Aztecs served Spaniard soldiers tamales during visits to Mexico in the 1550’s. Tamales were eaten by soldiers on long sojourns into Mexico as tamales are portable and easy to heat.

Tamales have been eaten in the United States since at least 1893 when they were featured at the World’s Columbian Exposition. A tradition of roving tamale sellers was documented in early 20th-century in blue/ragtime music song “They’re Red Hot” by Robert Johnson.

While Mexican-style and other Latin American-style tamales are featured at ethnic restaurants throughout the United States, Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe proudly features our traditional New Mexico red chile pork tamale! A distinctly indigenous tribute to New Mexico culture, tradition and cuisine.

Breakfast Tamales served Hot!

Breakfast Tamales served Hot!

Tamales typically are not made every day, as they once were, as they are very labor intensive. Rather you find tamales being made for special occasions like the Day of the Dead, Christmas, Native American Feast Days, New Year’s or just about any other family or holiday celebration. Tamale making is usually a family affair! Traditionally family members gather together and make fillings and masa the day before. Day 2 creates an assembly line- family of all ages form to spread the masa on corn husks, fill and fold the tamales. Once the tamales are assembled, they are steamed and finally eaten. Usually hundreds of tamales are made at once so everyone can take some home and share with friends and family. Guests of Pueblo Bonito, though not required to create the tamale, are warmly invited to our tables to share as friends in this delectable tradition of hospitality- enjoy!

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May 2016 Historic New Mexico Trip Planning Suggestions

1860 Adobe Horno (Native American Bread oven) - Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe

1860 Adobe Horno (Native American Bread oven) – Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe

Santa Fe Things To Do

Exciting exhibits and activities exist for May 2016 Historic New Mexico Trip Planning. Not only is May a beautiful month to visit New Mexico, but the New Mexico History Museum just a short 5 minute stroll from Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, NM offers rich Southwestern History and insights into yesteryear for our valued Santa Fe visitors.

Summer hours/Special Events begin May 1st at New Mexico History Museum: A brief overview 

  • Open all seven days -10 am to 5 pm.
  • Every Friday Evening thru October is free from 5-8 pm!
  • “Families Make History” workshops held every third Sunday of each month!
  • Monday–Saturday (through October 15): Historical Downtown Walking Tours!
  • Two major exhibit openings! (See below)

May 2016 at New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe:

Sunday, May 1: Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico.  New Exhibit Opening! 1-4:00 pm. Cars exhibited in lobby and exhibition hall with a souvenir photo booth for visitors. Video loop screening of movie South American Cho Lo showing. 2 pm history lecture the nationally renowned Lowrider Magazine given by former editor, Ray John.

Friday, May 6: “Citizen Min in New Mexico” 6:00 pm. The first Free Friday Evening event! Highlighting Japanese American civil-rights successes.  A special presentation given by Holly Yasui, daughter of Minoru (Min) Yasui who was a Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree. Yasui’s activism started in World War II during the internment camps era.

The New Mexico History Museum- Santa Fe, NM

New Mexico History Museum

Wednesday, May 11, noon: Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture –New Mexico historian and author Stephen Zimmer of Cimarron, NM presents “Kit Carson and Lucien Maxwell, Compadres.” Free in the Meem Community Room. Seating is limited.

Sunday, May 15: Families Make History May workshop. From 1:30-3:30 pm make a kite! New Mexico springtime brings winds great for flying. The whole family can enjoy learning to make a kite. Workshop Free with admission. Children 16 and under free daily!

kitemaking

Sunday, May 22: Lowrider Day on the Plaza– 10 am- 5:00 pm. What to expect? Mayor Javier Gonzales proclaims today as the official Lowrider Day of Santa Fe!  Celebrations include a car procession followed by a show on the plaza,  music, hopper demonstration and an awards presentation!

Sunday, May 22: Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities – Exhibit Opening! Be among the first to see this ground-breaking exhibition as a major institution tells the comprehensive story of Spanish Jewry’s 1492 diaspora and how it led to a tenuous foothold in North America.

Thursday, May 26: Palace Guard field trip– 12-4:00 pm. Have lunch with Daniel Kosharek (Photo Curator) and visit the private shop of mechanic and collector Sonnie Jaramillo. See examples of lowrider and custom-car work in action! Not a Palace Guard member? To join, call (505) 982-6366, ext. 100. Cost: $25. Call Alex Hesbrook for reservation details: (505) 982-7799 ext. 4.

Palace of Goverors- US National Treasure!

Palace of Goverors- US National Treasure!

Historical Downtown Walking Tours-Learn the history of Santa Fe, New Mexico via a museum-trained guide! BEST HISTORIC SANTA FE WALKING TOUR (recommended by Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn).  Tours begin at the Palace of the Governor Courtyard’s Blue Gate (south of History Museum) at 10:15 am- Sunday thru Fridays. Make your historic Santa Fe travel experience come alive and RESERVE YOUR ROOM at “Pueblo Bonito b&b inn” in  downtown Santa Fe! Voted “Guest Favorite” 3 years in a row, this popular adobe B&B features traditional historic adobe architecture dating to 1860- one of Santa Fe Travelers best value for true historic adobe lodging!

The New Mexico History Museum is part of a campus which includes the Palace of the Governors, a National Treasure and the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. A division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, its exhibitions and programs are supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. A definite “Must See” when planning a historic southwest Santa Fe travel trip.

Compliments of Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, NM. 1-800-461-4599

 

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New Mexico Pueblo Feast Day Dances

Native American Dances at New Mexico Pueblos

Native American dance at Santa Fe Plaza

Native American dances at Santa Fe Plaza

Though traditional Feast Day dances on New Mexico Pueblos are abundant throughout the year, here are just a few listings to illustrate the rich heritage, tradition and importance Native American Dances have within modern Pueblo life. Easter is a time of celebration and worship for the Native American Pueblo people as it is with Anglo and Spanish Christian New Mexicans.


PUEBLO DANCES Easter Weekend

SUNDAY – March 27, 2016
(ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT To change)

NAMBE:
BOW AND ARROW DANCE
10AM OR SO TO EARLY AFTERNOON

Carne Adovada - a New Mexican Pueblo Feast Day favorite!

Carne Adovada – a New Mexican Pueblo Feast Day favorite!

OHKAY OWINGEH (SAN JUAN):
BUFFALO DANCE
10AM
OR SO FOR MOST OF THE DAY

SAN ILDEFONSO:
MEN’S DANCES
BEGINS AT 9AM

SANTA CLARA:
RAIN DANCE
ALL DAY

COCHITI
DANCING EASTER AND MON.
MAR. 27 AND 28
AROUND
11AM 2/3PM

Traditional Tamales - a welcomed meal in New Mexico culture.

Traditional Tamales – a welcomed meal in New Mexico culture.

SANTA DOMINGO
NOW KEWA
DANCING EASTER AND
MAR. 27/28/29/30
MON./TUES./ WED. ,
FROM 10AM -3 OR SO

Santo Domingo Pueblo Church

Santo Domingo Pueblo Church

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Santa Fe New Mexico – the Perfect Valentine Gift!

heart-rose-petals[1]Looking for THE Perfect Valentine’s Day Ideas?        

 (hint: Santa Fe)

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Have you gotten any hints?   

TRY SANTA FE!

You remember Santa Fe… New Mexico! That romantic travel destination of the Southwest.  Santa Fe, New Mexico that city ranked #4 in Top Ski Resorts in US and Canada. Santa Fe, New Mexico that delightful, exuberant, colorful, extraordinary adventure spot boasting Native American history, culture, and rich traditions. Santa Fe, NM the largest and most important art market in the country! Santa Fe New Mexico ranked as one of the top vacation adventure spots in the US! Santa Fe, New Mexico – Top 7 emerging food capitals in the US. Santa Fe, New Mexico ranked #6 as 2015’s Friendliest City in the US.

For all of the reasons above, Santa Fe is one of the best Valentine’s Day travel ideas you can think of!

 Travel + Santa Fe, New Mexico = THE BEST VALENTINE’S GIFT!

Now you’re getting it! Combine that romantic spirit with the perfect Santa Fe bed and breakfast. Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe provides adventure travelers an historic adobe Native American pueblo-style accommodation. Creating an authentic, traditional New Mexico adventure travel experience is easy when your private guest room is encased with 2 ft thick adobe walls originally built in 1860! 18 private guest rooms boast hand formed real wood burning kiva fireplaces, nichos, corbels, and adorable deep soaking mosaic tiled baths with 1930 viga wood ceilings! Historically accurate. Delightfully distinctive. Uniquely perfect for any New Mexico adventure travel enthusiast!    A Valentines Gift your loved one is sure to remember forever!  BOOK NOW at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, NM    Click for Special Offers

Voted "Guest Favorite b&b"- 2015

Voted “Guest Favorite b&b”- 2015 Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, NM

 

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