Events & Exhibitions

Events & Exhibitions



Sculpture Unveiling and Celebration of Life

for Valentino Tzigiwhaeno Rivera

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture unveils a sculpture of young Valentino, who passed away in 2016. Valentino’s father, George Rivera, has produced a sculpture of Valentino, to be included in the Museum’s permanent collection. Speakers include: Jamie Clements, President/CEO of the Museum of NM Foundation; Della Warrior (Otoe Missouria), Director of MIAC; Javier Gonzalez, Mayor; Dan Perry, Vice Chair, Museum of New Mexico Foundation Trustees; Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), Olympic Gold Medalist; Steve LaRance (Hopi/Assiniboine), Hoop Dancer; George Rivera, former Governor of Pojoaque Pueblo.

Performances by: Pueblo of Pojoaque Buffalo Dancers; Jir Project Band (Blues/Rock); Santa Fe Break Dancers; Lightning Boy Hoope Dancers.

All are welcome to this free public event.


Annual MIAC Native American Veterans Day Celebration

Includes Ceremony and Screening of "Defending the Fire"

11:00 am through 4:00 pm

Join us for our annual program celebrating the sacrifices and valor of our Native American Veterans.

Program begins at 11am and includes:

  • Invocation with Arnold Herrera (Cochiti Pueblo)

  • National Anthem

  • Reading of Veterans Day Proclamation

At 2pm, we screen "Defending the Fire," a recent release by Silver Bullet Productions which garnered Best Picture in 2017’s SWAIA’s Class X, followed by a discussion with producer Pam Pierce.

From Silver Bullet’s Website: Since the beginning of time, Native American Warriors have navigated a unique cultural and spiritual path, relying on the tenets of the Warrior in ancient and modern warfare. The lessons of the Warrior are universal; the spirit of the Warrior survives, even in the face of conflict.

With a focus on the spiritual and historic journey of Native American Warriors, Silver Bullet Productions will present the story of the Warrior, the importance of cultures in modern quests, and the lessons of War through the lens of these cultures. The characters will be elders and historians from New Mexican tribes and Native veterans of World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Afghanistan/Iraq conflicts. Grounded in research and guided by voices of men and women in our armed forces, the documentary will reveal the distinct motive, preparation, conflict, and healing of tribal soldiers.


Film THE MISSING w/ Producer Q&A and Apache Singers

Showing @ 10am and again @ 1pm

10:00 am through 12:00 pm

Join us on the FREE FIRST SUNDAY for a screening of "The Missing," a 2003 Ron Howard film.

"In 1885 New Mexico, a frontier medicine woman forms an uneasy alliance with her estranged father when her daughter is kidnapped by an Apache brujo."

To learn more, visit THE MISSING on IMDB



Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture will exhibit over 100 objects dating from the late 1880s to the present. Cultural objects will represent the lifeways of the different Apachean groups in New Mexico and Arizona. These cultural objects include basketry, beaded clothing, parfleche, hunting and horse gear.

These groups are: Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, Fort Sill Apache (Chiricahua), San Carlos Apache and White Mountain Apache.