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The winter season in Northern New Mexico is one of a kind—fresh snow and crisp, cold air is balanced by beautiful surroundings and warm, joyful traditions enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Among the most colorful celebrations are the Native American ceremonial dances in December and January at all eight of the Northern New Mexico Pueblos. The nature and meaning of the dances vary, but most feature music, chanting, and beautiful traditional garments. In December, attend a Buffalo Dance at Nambé Pueblo, a Deer Dance at Taos, or a Turtle Dance at Ohkay Owingeh; in January, watch the Corn Dance at Kewa Pueblo. Here, members of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo take part in the Matachina Dance, performed annually on December 24 and December 25. For schedules and more information on Native dances open to the public, contact the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 800-855-7902, indianpueblo.org.—Samantha Schwirck 72

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