Acknowledging the significance of the revitalization of Pojoaque Pueblo, the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum have been constructed, where possible, with traditional Pueblo architectural elements and building methods. To help preserve and revitalize these techniques – and to honor the communal approach to construction – many Pueblo community members have been a part of the Poeh Center and Museum's construction, providing them with a unique opportunity to learn traditional Pueblo construction methods.
Pueblo peoples in Northern New Mexico have been constructing their “adobe” homes for more than 1,000 years. Historically, Pueblo Indians built large multi-story adobe structures. These buildings, incorporating multi-family homes and communal spaces, were called “Pueblos” (translated as “Villages” in English) by early Spanish settlers.
Adobe is all natural and consists mud, water, hay, straw, and sometimes manure. Traditional adobe homes have a flat roof constructed of vigas (large wooden beams); more modern homes also include beehive-style fireplaces, and Nichos (niches) carved out of the wall for religious displays.
When completed, the Poeh Center complex will resemble a traditional village, with multiple buildings surrounding open plazas.