View of landscape in Pueblo Pojoaque, New Mexico

Pojoaque Pueblo, New Mexico


Pojoaque Pueblo, a community in present-day New Mexico, has Native American roots that date back to as early as 500 CE, and today it remains home to various tribal groups. In November 2018, the StoryCorps mobile recording studio visited Pojoaque Pueblo to record the stories of the people who live there. The American Pilgrimage Project draws from the stories recorded in Pojoaque Pueblo to explore the connection between Native American spirituality and the Earth.

The interview below was recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

Landscape view of the desert in New Mexico

November 26, 2018

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Elizabeth Duran grew up on Pojoaque Pueblo, an Indian reservation in New Mexico, where she experienced firsthand the ways in which U.S. policy damaged the language, culture, and self-sufficiency of tribal communities. In this conversation, Duran joins friend Daniel Enger to discuss the loss of Native American knowledge about the natural world, as well as the enduring legacy of U.S. colonialism.

This story was produced by David Dault at Sandburg Media, LLC.

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