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For more than a thousand years, the Tamayame people have lived and farmed the land along the Rio Grande River about halfway between present-day Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. One of 19 Native-American communities of the region, this pueblo is named Tamaya, meaning “a quiet and special place.” After a long history of working the land, creating traditions in pottery-making, music and dance, and living by sacred ceremonies and beliefs, the tribe’s hospitality to European settlers changed their lives forever.
First welcoming, and then submitting to Spanish rule in 1598, the pueblo was renamed Santa Ana after its patron Saint Anne. During these years, the tribe learned cattle and sheep ranching and increased crop production and variety through the introduction, by the settlers, of new foods and tools. However, due to the introduction of different plants and animals by the Europeans, and as a result of several epidemics, many members of the tribe were lost to disease. While the Tamayame adopted Catholicism, the religion of the settlers, they dearly held on to their spiritual beliefs and ways of life.
Today, the 700 tribal members of the Santa Ana pueblo own 78,000 acres of land in the shadow of the breathtaking Sandia Mountains. The ingenuity and adaptability of the Tamayame, as well as their bond to the natural world, have served them well over the years. Now they look forward, and, since 1990, several enterprises such as the Santa Ana Golf Club and the Santa Ana Star Casino have helped sustain them and prepare them for a future of self-sufficiency. A more recent endeavor, exemplifying their tradition of hospitality, is the Hyatt Regency Tamaya which opened in January, 2001, located on over 500 acres of the reservation, making it one of the largest resorts ever developed on Native American land.
In conjunction with the Hyatt Corporation, the Tribal Council of the Pueblo of Santa Ana has collaborated on every aspect of the property whose architecture, design, dÃ©cor and programs respect the traditions of this ancient community. Owned by the people of the Pueblo of Santa Ana and managed by the Hyatt Corporation, Tamaya continues to be “a quiet and special place.”
When you arrive at Tamaya’s entry courtyard, which is modeled after the dance plaza at the original Tamaya village, you are greeted by a huge sculpture that reflects the culture and key elements of the pueblo. First you see a woman, a matriarchal figure, reaching out to welcome you. Other elements include a man surrounded by corn, holding farming implements; a woman gathering water, the lifeline of the pueblo; and an older man surrounded by children as he tells stories of Tamaya’s great past. Actual tribal members were incorporated into this remarkable work by a local artist.
The hotel is designed in the traditional adobe style and the dÃ©cor throughout reflects these elements. The property has all the amenities you would expect of such a resort: The spacious rooms are tastefully decorated in southwest style, the Corn Maiden restaurant serves delicious fare inspired by the indigenous flavors, the Twin Warriors Golf Club, designed by Gary Panks on unique terrain, joins its sister course the Santa Ana Golf Club, making it the largest golf complex in New Mexico, and the Tamaya Mist Spa uses native herbs for aromatherapy and offers ancient healing techniques in conjunction with modern approaches.
Unusually Rich Family Programs
While you play golf or luxuriate in the spa, Camp Tamaya provides fun for kids ages 3-12 from 9am through 9pm every day. There are also three pools (all outdoor) including one designed as an ancient kiva and one with a pueblo-style waterslide.
The centerpiece of the unique experience that is a vacation at the Hyatt Tamaya is its Srai-Wi Family Program. Translated from the native language to mean “to gather children together and share with them,” these unforgettable activities foster parent-child interactions, while everyone learns and has fun. Visit the Activities desk in the lobby for a schedule, or check on line before you go as reservations are recommended in season. The program was developed by the Tribal Council and is led by members of the tribe who take you on a “Journey through Tamaya.”
Highlights include “Tamaya Traditions” – baking traditional pueblo bread using authentic ovens; “Clay and Culture” – making a piece of pottery using the pinch and coil method to take home with you; “Pueblo Drum Making” from aspen and hide with a Cochiti tribal member; and “Stories Under the Stars,” ancient tales enacted by a traditional storyteller who engages and entertains you with Indian folklore around a campfire. Telescopic views of the night sky and s’mores round out the experience. While some of these activities are included in the daily Resort Fee, some are available at an additional charge.
Other popular family activities include “Tee Tips at Twin Warriors,” for personalized instruction by PGA professionals; “Yoga and Pilates for Families; “The Sky’s the Limit,” hot air balloon rides; as well as horse-drawn wagon rides. Finally, you can jog, bike or stroll with a guide or on your own in the bosque, the native Cottonwood Forest along the Rio Grande which is undergoing a multi-million dollar conservation and restoration project sponsored by the people of the Pueblo of Santa Ana to re-vegetate the area with native grasses and trees. To further immerse yourselves in the spirit of the Tamayame, performances of Native American dance and music and art demonstrations are scheduled throughout resort during the week.
And, don’t forget that you’re within 20 minutes of Albuquerque and 30 minutes of Santa Fe, two not-to miss cities full of cultural and outdoor activities, museums, arts and shopping. While your days and nights at the resort will be full of fun and interesting events, leave some time to explore some of what these astonishing cities have to offer.
The Hyatt Regency Tamaya offers a serene environment and a thoughtful program which is inspired by the Tamayame and exposes modern traveling families to their unique history, resilience and spirit.
Resort Report Card
|Name:||Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa|
|Address:||1300 Tuyuna Trail
Santa Ana Pueblo
|Seasonal Rates:||$ – $$|
|Choice of Activities:||A+|
|Quality of Amenities:||A-|
|Bonus:||The Rio Grande Lounge area off the lobby is a great meeting and relaxing spot. It’s furnished with comfy couches, tables for chess and checkers and cozy fireplaces, and offers awesome mountain views.|
|Note:||The Tamaya Mist Spa offers teen and pre-teen focused spa treatments such as massages, herbal wraps and facials for families who want to spa together Also, check for â€œFamily Fun Packagesâ€ which include breakfast, valet parking and savings off certain resor|
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