Celebrating Resilience with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Celebrating Resilience with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Running has a remarkable history in Pueblo culture, and several of the world's best long-distance runners have come from Native American communities in New Mexico. Perhaps most famously, running was vital to the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, which was the first successful uprising against a colonizer in North America. Every August, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center hosts the Resilience Run as a way to commemorate the Pueblo Revolt and celebrate fitness in our community. 



Over three centuries later, people of all heritages, ages and fitness levels are invited to pay tribute to the heroic runners of the Pueblo Revolt by participating in the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center's annual Resilience Run. The event allows the community to come together on the only sovereign tribal land in the heart of Albuquerque and lace up their running shoes as the sun rises over the Sandias. Some runners even carry their own knotted yucca cords as they sprint to demonstrate pride in their heritage and a connection to the original uprising. For more information on the significance of running in Pueblo culture and the history of the Pueblo Revolt, click here


On race day, the Cultural Center is busy with vendor booths offering goods and complimentary refreshments like Pueblo oven bread. After the races, participants receive free admission to the museum's exhibits and festivities in the courtyard, including traditional Native music and dances.


Click here to register for the 4th annual run on August 6, 2016 and join a living tradition of the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico! Learn more at ResilienceRun.org


Running in the Spirit of Popé, They're off! The Resilience Run commemorating the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

A photo posted by Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (@indianpueblo) on


Use the hashtags #ThingsToDoABQ and #ABQevents to join the conversation about things to do in Albuquerque on social media, and subscribe to our ABQ365 email newsletter by clicking below! 

Sign up for the ABQ365 events email newsletter



Karie Luidens is an Albuquerque-based writer of criticism, commentary, current events, and semi-connected musings. Her interests are as far-ranging as the high desert's horizons: she's spent the last decade traveling, reporting for newspapers, writing blogs, and reviewing books. As of 2016 she's thrilled to be working for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in the heart of New Mexico.

comments powered by Disqus

Follow Us!

Facebook Logo   Twitter Logo YouTube Logo with Drop Shadow

Order a Visitors Guide

Subscribe to