The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Cultural Center exists as a facility for cultural enrichment, as well as a collective site for centuries of tribal history. It aims to educate individuals about the culture and history of the oldest federally recognized tribe in Texas by providing information and interactive experiences that are unique to the area.
The Cultural Center exhibits the tribe’s heritage through dance, programs and other activities such as pottery making, bead looming, bread baking, storytelling, and gardening for Tribal Members ONLY. The center also provides retail space for tribal members to sell authentic Tigua attire and artifacts. The museum displays objects such as artifacts, pottery, photographs, and video representing over 300 years of Tigua History. The museum attracts a wide array of visitors from across the United States and the international community.
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El Paso, TX 79907 – At a news conference, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Telling the Full History Preservation Fund announced its award of $25,000 to Ysleta del Sur Pueblo. The grant is one of 80 given to select organizations nationwide with projects that helped preserve, interpret, and activate historic places to tell the stories of underrepresented groups in our nation.
The department of Cultural Preservation together with Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO), Javier Loera will be working on this project to nominate Na hluhli tui (the Old Village) to the National Register of Historic Places for its significance to Ysleta del Sur Pueblo as a traditional cultural property. Na hluhli tui is significant as an ancestral Tigua village, a place actively used in the Pueblo’s religious and cultural practices, and as an archaeological site. This project will help the Pueblo share its history and culture with the American public and engage the tribal community in historic preservation efforts.
“The nomination of Na hluhli tui (the Old Village) to the National Register of Historic Places will not only be of upmost importance to the people of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, but to the American public as well. Our tribal history and oral traditions are imbedded in this ancestral Tigua village. As recently as the early part of the 1900’s Na hluhli tui has been used as a camping site when we went hunting, gathering of clay for pottery making, and gathering of medicinal plants and herbs in the nearby Hueco Mountains. This site also holds religious and ceremonial significance to our Pueblo. It is vital that we preserve our historic cultural landscapes, and we must never forget or forsake our tribal history,” said THPO Javier Loera.
The grant was made possible through a one-time $2.5 million grant program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. “The National Endowment for the Humanities commends the National Trust for Historic Preservation for its work in administering American Rescue Plan funds to assist historic sites, museums, and preservation organizations around the country in recovering from the financial impact of the pandemic,” said NEH Chair Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo). “These awards will reach deeply into communities large and small, lift up often overlooked voices, and tell important, untold stories of our country’s rich and diverse history.”
To see the full list of grantees, go to https://savingplaces.org/neh-telling-full-history
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