India’s Pueblo Cultural Center’s new hot air balloon, Eyahne on the Horizon, will take off for its first Albuquerque International Balloon Party


Eyahne on the horizon; Photo courtesy of Linda Gray Photography

We couldn’t be more excited to see Eyahne on the horizon take her place among the iconic balloons in the skies of Albuquerque when this spectacular spectacle makes its long-awaited return.

India’s Pueblo Cultural Center‘s new hot air balloon, Eyahne On The Horizon, will take off for its inaugural Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which will take place October 2-10, 2021. The hot air balloon made its maiden voyage to Albuquerque in September 2020 and serves as proud ambassador for the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center (IPCC). Eyahne means “blessings” in the Keres Native American language, and the unique balloon features a distinctive Pueblo-inspired design that symbolizes the sacred beliefs and culture of the Pueblo people of New Mexico. The IPCC balloon is a partnership with Rainbow Ryders, the first hot air balloon company in the South West. In honor of the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, Rainbow Ryders chose the number N “N19NM” when registering the aircraft with the FAA.

Eyahne On The Horizon was made in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by Cameron Balloons, the world’s largest balloon maker. The balloon measures 275,000 cubic feet, is 86 feet high, 68 feet wide at the equator, and is capable of lifting 6,000 pounds, or 12 to 14 passengers, plus the pilot. It is one of the largest flying balloons in New Mexico.

“We took delivery of our balloon in 2020 and planned that last year’s Balloon Fiesta would be Eyahne’s premiere. Like all balloon enthusiasts, we were very disappointed when the event had to be canceled due to extraordinary circumstances, ”said Michael Canfield, President and CEO of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. He continued, “It makes our participation in the October Balloon Fiesta even more special. We couldn’t be more excited to see Eyahne on the horizon take its place among the iconic balloons in the skies of Albuquerque when this spectacular spectacle makes its highly anticipated return. We’re also excited to partner with Scott Appelman and his excellent team at Rainbow Ryders, the best in the business, and get even more involved in the local Albuquerque local balloon culture and community.

In addition, the Indian Cultural Center Pueblo is pleased to host 11 days of special events to coincide with this year’s Balloon Fiesta, from Friday October 1 through Monday October 11. Activities include the IPCC Albuquerque Native American Arts Festival. during the Balloon Fiesta opening weekend on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as an expanded program of Indigenous cultural dances that will begin on Friday, October 1 and run through Monday, October 11. The IPCC will also host a celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, October 11.

The IPCC Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival is the only authentic fully Native American art exhibit in town during the Balloon Fiesta. This premier event will showcase the work of 45 artists and give visitors the opportunity to meet, talk and shop directly with Indigenous artists. The two-day festival will also include Indigenous cultural dances and artist demonstrations.

Every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the courtyard lined with IPCC murals will feature multiple Indigenous dances and be filled with Indigenous artists selling their art and handcrafted jewelry. Customers can also purchase authentic Indigenous art at the Indian Pueblo Store and are also welcome to explore immersive exhibits and learn about Pueblo history and culture. Additionally, visitors can dine at the IPCC’s acclaimed Indigenous restaurant, Indian Pueblo Kitchen, which is extending its hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for this special 11-day celebration. During this time, customers can order off the menu or enjoy IPK’s Fresh Express Native buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The native restaurant will also offer a menu of small plates and cocktails from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Exhibits at the IPCC museum include the permanent exhibit “We Are From This Place: The History of Pueblo” and the rotating exhibits “HERitage: Pueblo Women Paving Cultural Pathways” and “ReLocated: Urban Migration, Perseverance and Adaptation”. Guests can also explore the Artists Circle Gallery, which now features an exhibition by Laura Fragua-Cota (Jemez Pueblo) titled “Our Ancestors: Our Historical Strength”.

“We look forward to welcoming guests from all over the world for what will be 11 very special days at the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center,” said Beverlee McClure, vice president of cultural and community engagement at the IPCC. “We will provide a truly unforgettable cultural experience, with art, dance, history, food and of course our famous Pueblo hospitality.”

The IPCC is also proud to present the Indigenous Cultural Dances of the Sky City Buffalo Ram Dancers on the Balloon Fiesta Main Stage at Balloon Fiesta Park on Friday, October 8 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Immediately following Balloon Fiesta week on Monday, October 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Native American tribes in New Mexico will gather with city officials and the public at the IPCC to celebrate New Mexico’s Indigenous Peoples Day. This event is open to everyone and will include dignitaries, Indigenous dances, a historical presentation and artist demonstrations.

The Pueblo Indian Cultural Center is located at 2401 12th Street NW, just north of I-40 in Albuquerque. Admission to the Albuquerque IPCC American Indian Arts Festival, Balloon Fiesta week special cultural events, and Indigenous Peoples Day is free for members or included in museum admission.

About the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center:

Founded in 1976 by the 19 Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a world-class museum and cultural center located in the historic 19 Pueblo District. The IPCC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and perpetuate the Pueblo culture and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect the achievements and evolution of the history of the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico. . Visitors can learn a fascinating history, shop for Indigenous jewelry and artwork, watch a cultural dance, hear Indigenous languages, and experience the flavors of traditional and contemporary Indigenous cuisine. For more information, please visit: http://www.indianpueblo.org and http://www.facebook.com/IndianPueblo.

About Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc.

Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc. (also founded by the 19 Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico) comprises a variety of business ventures designed to support the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and provide economic opportunities for Pueblo and local communities. IPMI is a for-profit umbrella that includes the Indian Pueblo Store, a premier Native American art store and website, Four Winds convenience store, New Mexico’s largest Starbucks, top-rated Holiday Inn Express in Albuquerque, TownePlace Suites by Marriott Albuquerque Old Town, additional storage space and more that support our Pueblo culture and communities.


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