Christmas DancesMany tribes, including the Laguna Indians, many of whom accepted Christianity some 400 years ago, have the custom of a dance on Christmas Eve or Christmas, where gifts are offered at the manger. There are many representations of gifts brought to braves in the fields by the great Thunderbird; or scenes with the wise men being replaced by the chiefs representing the great nations.
A few Native American Christmas celebrations are:
Sundown procession with bonfires at Taos Pueblo
Acoma Pueblo is lit with luminarias beginning at the scenic viewpoint and continues as far as "Sky City"
After 10 pm Mass at Laguna, various dances
After midnight Mass: at San Felipe, Santa Ana, and Tesuque Pueblos
Buffalo, Deer, and Antelope Dance after Mass at Nambe Pueblo
December 24 & 25 Christmas celebrations
Spanish Dance drama "Los Matachines" at Picuris and San Juan Pueblos
Pine Torch Processions at San Juan Pueblo
Various dances at Tesuque Pueblo
Dances to be announced (Deer or Los Matachina) at Taos Pueblo
Christmas celebration: Matachina Dance at San Ildefonso Pueblo