Published July 20, 2016
ALBUQUERQUE — Participants now have less than two weeks to register online for the 4th Annual Resilience Run on August 6 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC). The IPCC hosts the race each summer to commemorate the heroic runners who enabled the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 while raising funds for year-round events and educational programming. After competing for medals as teams or individuals, participants are invited to enjoy free museum admission and traditional Native music and dance in the IPCC courtyard (2401 12th St. NW Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104).
The Resilience Run is a family-friendly community event, and people of all ages, heritages, and fitness levels are encouraged to join. On race day the IPCC will be busy with vendor booths offering goods and complimentary refreshments like Pueblo oven bread. After the 10K, 5K, kids’ 1K and walk, runners will receive free admission to the IPCC museum and festivities in the courtyard, including traditional Native music and dances at 11 am and 2 pm.
Participants pay tribute to the courage and sacrifice of the runners who risked their lives to carry secret messages between Pueblo communities in 1680, enabling them to rise up as one and overthrow foreign occupiers. Some runners even carry their own knotted yucca cords during the Resilience Run to demonstrate pride in their heritage and a connection to the uprising.
“The Pueblo Revolt is a reminder of how Pueblo people came together despite distance to take action, to protect their way of life and sustain their very existence,” says IPCC’s Museum Director, Monique Fragua (Jemez Pueblo). “Marking its anniversary with this run reminds us that we have the courage to overcome obstacles, the strength needed to continue our way of life, and the determination to teach our belief systems to our children.”
The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 was North America’s first successful uprising against colonial oppression. To coordinate far-flung communities, the religious leader Popé sent runners with yucca cords whose knots secretly indicated the date of the planned uprising. The Spanish captured and tortured two of the runners, revealing the plan, but more runners quickly alerted the Pueblos and they rebelled two days early on August 10. The Spanish were obliged to retreat to El Paso, freeing Pueblo people to practice their traditions, language, and religion on their own land once again.
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