Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Joe Sando, Pueblo Historian Lecture

November 26, 2008


Santa Fe, NM —Joe Sando, Pueblo historian, will lecture and sign his latest book Pueblo Recollections, the Life of Paa-Péh at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7. Admission is free to New Mexico residents.

His latest book about his life was featured at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque when Mayor Chavez made a proclamation for an annual Joe Sando Day in Albuquerque on October 25, 2008

In this autobiographical work, eminent Pueblo Indian historian Joe S. Sando reflects upon his life and his accomplishments over decades of monumental changes for the Pueblo people. The book begins with his growing up in Jemez Pueblo and living a very different lifestyle from what exists today. His years in the Navy during World War II provided him with lifelong bonds of friendship, memories both exciting and terrifying. After the war he returned to college on the G.I. Bill. He then began a long career in education and study of Pueblo Indian history, and today he is considered one of the pre-eminent historian in his field in the nation.

Even while following a very demanding career path, Sando found time for family life with his wife Louisa and three children—as well as his large extended family at Jemez Pueblo. He concludes this book honoring his family by presenting their complete genealogy. Using colorful anecdotes throughout the book, Sando presents his story with clarity, insight, honesty and humor.

About the author:

Joe S. Sando was born into the Sun Clan at Jemez Pueblo in 1923. He is a former director of the Institute of Pueblo Study and Research at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has taught Pueblo Indian history at the University of New Mexico, the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and at U.S. International University. The first chairman of the All Indian Pueblo Housing Authority and the first chairman of the State Judicial Council, Sando also served on the Statuary Hall Commission and on the board of Americans for Indian Opportunity. Joe S. Sando was the 2005 recipient of the SWAIA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007 he received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of New Mexico as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the All Indian Pueblo Council.

Joe S. Sando is the author of several other books on Pueblo history, including  Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History, Pueblo Profiles: Cultural Identity through Centuries of Change and Nee Hemish: A History of Jemez Pueblo. He is co-author (with Herman Agoyo) of Po’pay: Leader of the First American Revolution. Sando has also contributed to several other books on Indian history.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is located on Museum Hill, off Old Santa Fe Trail on Camino Lejo.

For additional information the public may call 505-476-1248.

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