I confess to be true lover of history, especially when she makes me me for shipping times I did not live. Who looks the mountain ranges of the environment, or the dirt floor underfoot, perhaps not imagine the historical legacy that is stored in every inch of Santa Fe, Texas. The city retains 400 years well lived, in which the mixture of colonizing peoples, including indigenous natives and Spaniards, gave her the nickname The City Different, after all, those who venture through the streets of this Texan, is allowed to know the spices, the customs and traditions left by these cultures.
Towards the mountains in the north, eight people – or pueblos – invite tourists to know their way of life and have fun during your parties, case Nambé, which performs the Feast of the Buffalo Dance, on December 24 , and Taos in July celebrating the Pow-wow, which means meeting of native peoples, with integration between different indigenous nations of the United States. The mountainous border between Santa Fe and Colorado, are still housed the Pueblo Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara and Tesuque.
Back in the urban environment, the meeting is done in SWAIA – Santa Fe Indian Market, who was born in 1922 to present some of the local production, between baskets and jewelry, and today has become the largest gathering of indigenous culture, when tourists from all parties surrender to over a thousand artists who come together to represent about 100 tribes, through jewelry, sculptures, clothing, decorative objects, typical food – tacos to roasted corn –, dance and music. Held each year in August, the Swaia also captains an auction with exquisite indigenous parts, and to participate you must purchase invitations ranging between US$ 150.00 and US$ 250.00.
An alternative to spend fewer dollars and still enjoy all the cultural phenomenon housed in Santa Fe is to visit some of its museums, the most obvious Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, which for $ 9.00 allows you know a compilation of pots, sculptures, jewelry and paintings dating back to Native American history. However, for a different experience, well worth the visit to the city center, where the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts which, as the name implies, makes room for more current works created by various tribes and, thus, the largest collection of contemporary Indian art in the world, with 7500 items. In the museum shop, between dolls and necklaces, it is impossible not to find a memory that has his face.
To close with a flourish, a chance to taste some of the highlights of the menu named Best Ethnic Restaurant Santa Fe, can not be missed. In India Palace, the client chooses fruit-based options sea, chicken and lamb, as well as ventures into peppers, cheese and homemade yogurt. Also on tribal vibe, lodging can not be anywhere else but at the Inn of the Anasazi, which raises the traits and forms of indigenous art to an exquisite level. Santa fe is thus a must visit while on your trip on South America, can be combined to other destinationa such as Iguacu falls in Argentina, Amazon jungle safari in Brazil and Rio De Janeiro among others.