Annual run commemorates Pueblo Revolt of 1680

Posted at: 08/09/2014 10:12 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — More than 130 people have signed up to run and walk through parts of Albuquerque's North Valley on Saturday to commemorate the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center organized the Resilience Run in part to raise money to purchase a marble statue of Pope, the pueblo religious leader who organized the revolt against the Spanish following years of oppression.

Historians say the revolt is significant because it helped ensure the survival of pueblo cultural traditions as well as their land holdings, language and religion.

Cultural center officials say more than half of the funds have been raised for the statue, with $25,000 remaining to achieve the goal of $70,000.

The statue by renowned Jemez Pueblo sculptor Cliff Fragua currently sits in the center's south entryway.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)