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San Ildefonso Pueblo
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Location of San Ildefonso Pueblo
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San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico
Drummers at San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1942. Ansel Adams, photographer
Drummers at San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1942. Ansel Adams, photographer
Location of San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico
Location of San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico
San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico is located in New Mexico
San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico
San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico
Location in New Mexico
San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico is located in the United States
San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico
San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Mexico
County Santa Fe
 • Total 4.2 sq mi (10.8 km2)
 • Land 3.9 sq mi (10.2 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
5,548 ft (1,691 m)
 • Total 458
 • Density 116.7/sq mi (45.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 505
FIPS code 35-68010
GNIS feature ID 0933092
San Ildefonso Pueblo
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Nearest city Espanola, New Mexico
Area 46.8 acres (18.9 ha)
Built 1591 (1591)
NRHP reference No. 74001206
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 20, 1974
Church at San Ildefonso Pueblo NM
Church and cemetery at San Ildefonso Pueblo

San Ildefonso Pueblo (Tewa: Pʼohwhogeh Ówîngeh [p’òhxʷógè ʔówîŋgè] "where the water cuts through") is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States, and a federally recognized tribe, established c. 1300 C.E. The Pueblo is self-governing and is part of the Santa Fe, New Mexico Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 524 as of the 2010 census, reported by the State of New Mexico as 1,524 in 2012, and there were 628 enrolled tribal members reported as of 2012 according to the Department of the Interior. San Ildefonso Pueblo is a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos, and the pueblo people are from the Tewa ethnic group of Native Americans, who speak the Tewa language.


San Ildefonso is located at 35°53′52″N 106°7′19″W / 35.89778°N 106.12194°W / 35.89778; -106.12194 (35.897902, -106.121834).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the pueblo has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11 km2), of which 3.9 square miles (10 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (5.54%) is water.

Black Mesa, New Mexico
Black Mesa

San Ildefonso Pueblo is located at the foot of Black Mesa.


As of the census of 2010, there were 524 people residing in San Ildefonso. The racial makeup was 62.2% Native American, 11.3% White, 21.2% from other races, and 5.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 31.9% of the population. There were 212 households, out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them. As of 2010, the population was distributed with 26.3% under the age of 18, 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older, females comprised 51.7%, and males comprised 48.3% of the population.

As of 2000, the median income for a household in San Ildefonso was $30,000, and the median income for a family was $30,972. Males had a median income of $19,792 versus $19,250 for females. The per capita income for the pueblo was $11,039. About 19.1% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 50.0% of those age 65 or over.


The Pueblo was founded when people migrated from the Mesa Verde complex in Southern Colorado, by way of Bandelier (elevation about 7000 feet), just south of present-day Los Alamos, New Mexico. People thrived at Bandelier due to the rainfall and the ease of constructing living structures from the surrounding soft volcanic rock. But after a prolonged drought, the people moved down into the valleys of the Rio Grande around 1300 C.E. (Pueblo IV Era). The Rio Grande and other arroyos provided the water for irrigation.

Black-on-Black pottery of the pueblo. Artifact at the Field Museum, Chicago

The Spanish conquistadors tried to subdue the native people and force Catholicism on the native people during the early 17th century, which led to the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The people withstood the Spaniards by climbing to the top of the Black Mesa. The siege ended with the surrender of the native people, but the Spanish gave the native people some freedom of religion and other self-governing rights.

The people of San Ildefonso continued to lead an agricultural based economy until the early 20th century when Maria Martinez and her husband Julian Martinez rediscovered how to make the Black-on Black pottery for which San Ildefonso Pueblo would soon become famous. From that time the Pueblo has become more tourist-oriented, with numerous tourist shops existing in the Pueblo. Because of close proximity to the state capital, Santa Fe, and the presence of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, many of those employed in the pueblo have government jobs.

Economic development

The San Ildefonso Pueblo Enterprise Corporation (SIPEC) is a federally chartered Section 17 Corporation which is wholly owned by the Pueblo de San Ildefonso. SIPEC is charged with working with companies and individuals who share a vision of utilizing the Pueblo's strategic location for fostering economic and job growth for the Pueblo de San Ildefonso.


The people of San Ildefonso have a strong sense of identity and retain ancient ceremonies and rituals tenaciously, as well as tribal dances. While many of these ceremonies and rituals are closely guarded, San Ildefonso Feast Day is open to the public every January 23. Other dances open to the public include Corn Dance, which occurs in the early to mid-part of September, and dances at Easter.

There was an art movement called the San Ildefonso Self-Taught Group, which included such noted artists as Alfonso Roybal, Tonita Peña, Julian Martinez, Abel Sanchez, Crecencio Martinez, and Encarnación Peña.


It is zoned to Pojoaque Valley Schools. Pojoaque Valley High School is the zoned comprehensive high school.

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