The Poeh Museum currently curates two collections: a Permanent Collection, which holds Pueblo material and cultural objects; and an Archive, which contains historic and contemporary, documentary images of Pueblo Culture, Artists, and the Pueblo of Pojoaque community. Both collections are available online by application.
In response to a concern by the Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Council to preserve art and material culture, the Poeh Museum opened in 1991 with the Poeh Center as the parent organization. The Poeh Centerís Advisory Committee, which inlcudes cultural leaders from the six Tewa-speaking Pueblos, provides expertise crucial to The Pueblo of Pojoaque's revitalization. The Museumís mission is to ďenrich the life of Pueblo communities and educate all people about the rich legacy and vibrant present of Pueblo cultures.Ē
With this in mind, the Poeh Museum collects works by contemporary Pueblo artists in order to represent Pueblo art as a continuum of material culture. The artists are represented in the Museumís permanent collections and are recognized during the Museumís quarterly interpretive exhibitions. The collection also includes historical art and cultural objects spanning a thousand years of Pueblo culture. The Permanent Collection numbers more than 600 objects and includes paintings, jewelry, pottery, textiles, and sculpture dating from before European Contact to the present.
The Poeh Museum holds an estimated 10,000 photographs ranging from early Edward S. Curtis prints to snapshots of contemporary Pueblo life. Approximately 5,000 of these images have been catalogued and digitized, with the remainder expected to be completed by the end of 2009.
Requests for loans and research access for either collections should be directed to the Museum Director by phone at 505.455.1110, or via our online form.