“Unique Identities” – Dec 5th

Artist, Educational, Fair, Free Events

-Free Event-
Happening this week, on Thursday December 5th, our much-respected board member, Norberto Valdez, PhD, retired professor of Ethnic Studies will present a program at 2PM at the La Veta Public Library.  Dr. Valdez will explore questions about cultural identity & historical information native American & Hispanic family origins & the emergence of genizario identity due to conquest, colonization & commerce in the Southwest. Using personal family history, he will discuss relations among Native, Spanish & Euroamericans that led to a mixed-race identity unique to this region.   Free Refreshments!  

Traditions Art & Craft Fair – Dec 7th

Huajatolla Heritage Foundation and La Veta Mercantile have partnered in bringing an opportunity to shop local and find unique gifts on Saturday, December 7th from 10AM to 4PM at 300 S. Main in La Veta.  A great group of 20 artists and craftspeople will be sharing their talents to fulfill your gift giving needs.  Mrs. Santa will be there helping, and Smokey the Pig will make a guest appearance in the afternoon. 

The La Veta Village helpers will have a special shopping area for the kiddos and offer gift wrapping for any purchases.  One Nation Walking Together will also participate. Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy, non-perishable food items or any new (or gently used) item that will provide warmth.  Although not seasonal, personal hygiene items, especially for women or diapers for little ones are always needed.  ONWT delivers items directly to deserving Natives in the Rocky Mountain area, including the largely invisible urban Indian population that resides in Colorado.

 What a lovely way to kick off the holiday season with all the things that make La Veta so special.  Come join us!!!!

“Art” of Storytelling Artist

Free Events


The artists RAYMOND and GABBY TENORIO of Santo Domingo Pueblo are a perfect representation and Guardians of the tradition of KEWA PUEBLO.

The Tenorio’s will bring their exquisite bead jewelry to the La Veta Mercantile as part of the Art of Storytelling event on September 14th 10-5PM.

Since the beginning of times the Pueblo has been well known for its ability to make the most colorful natural jewelry. Beads, inlays, heishi form divine combination of colors and forms… all with just the eyes for measuring tool!

Please join us at this Free event September 14th