Ohkay Owingeh Master Plan for Museum & Heritage Center
Ohkay Owingeh, NM
Ancient Pueblo Culture Seeks to Sustain Community Through New Museum
Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo -- “Village of the Strong People” -- is a settlement of breathtaking beauty and profound historical significance. It was the home to leaders of the Pueblo Revolt against the Spanish, New Mexico’s first state capital, and an archeological treasure chest. The goal of the Heritage Center will be to preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of the Ohkay Owingeh people, as well as providing support for the local economy. As designed by Atkin Olshin Schade, the central exhibit space will contain high clerestories that provide indirect lighting, surrounded by research and storage spaces for archival records and materials. Accessible from a long exterior ramp, the roof of the Center will be a permanent landscape exhibit featuring a massive map that depicts the ancestral Pueblo lands and sacred mountains.