"Participating in our traditional dances, learning our stories and songs, maintaining our beliefs, practicing our traditional skills, and speaking our languages are essential to continuing the Pueblo cultures today." – Affiliated Pueblo Committee
Pueblo oral traditions are a continuous dialogue about all aspects of life including beliefs, stories, songs, dances, and skills. Oral traditions were fundamental to the survival of the Ancestral Pueblo people and are integral to the identity of the Pueblo people today.
Histories and Dances
"Through oral traditions and dances we know that the spirits of our ancestors are still present in our homes on the Plateau." – Gary Roybal, San Ildefonso Pueblo
"Stories are more than just stories. Their origins have special meanings. They can teach a lesson or be for fun. They are often told in relation to a traditional calendar or season. They are our history." – Affiliated Pueblo Committee
Last updated: February 24, 2015