Albuquerque, New Mexico Culture & Heritage
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Recognized as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country, Albuquerque's ethnic tapestry is reflected in its architecture, artwork, cultural centers and cuisine. Countless customs and traditions passed down over generations are a vibrant part of daily life in the city, and make Albuquerque an epicenter of authentic Southwestern culture. Albuquerque is home to more than the Native American, Hispanic, Latino and Anglo cultures for which New Mexico is well known. Our multicultural city includes strong African American, Asian, Middle Eastern and other ethnic communities, creating a unique and modern Southwestern blend. In fact, more than 70 different ethnicities call Albuquerque home.
There is no shortage of ways to discover the many different facets of the New Mexico culture and heritage. Visiting one of our many museums or cultural centers will bring the past alive and offer insight into our traditions. At local events such as art fairs, music festivals or Indian dances you'll rub shoulders with our locals and understand what makes our city tick. You can take excursions to see ancient cliff dwellings or petroglyphs that may take only hours out of your day, but introduce you to a millennia of history. New Mexico's lands are full of discoveries: fascinating cultures, extraordinary landscapes, intriguing ruins, recreational opportunities, and arts and crafts made by people proud of their legacies and traditions.
Albuquerque's one-of-a-kind Southwestern culture is in everything around you, from the quaint shops, Pueblo- and Spanish-inspired architecture and world-famous cuisine, to the music and art. In every way possible, the past seamlessly weaves through the fabric of present-day Albuquerque, making it a truly culturally rich American destination.
This section offers more information on the major cultures and traditions that make up our vibrant community. Explore the subsections below to learn more about Albuquerque's people and history, and to find out how best to experience our many different cultural traditions during your visit.
Portrait Albuquerque featured in Delta Sky magazine
Dazzled by the sunlight, stunned by the geography and welcomed by the locals, early settlers and recent transplants alike have fallen for Albuquerque's charms. By Paula M. Bodah