I was excited to visit this Pueblo and learn a little more about Acoma people. After taking great deal of time to plan my husbands birthday weekend in Albuquerque, this stop was high on our list. The cultural center and tour were informative and engaging, however I was mostly disappointed with Pueblo's inconsistent policies. When I arrived to purchase our tour tickets, I was told that I needed to change my shirt (I was wearing a sleeveless shirt) out of respect for the elders along the tour. After driving an hour from my hotel, I didn't have a change of clothes but was told I could buy a $30 t-shirt from their gift shop. I was furious because I had done my research and there was no information about a specific dress code. To add insult to injury, I noticed three other women walking around with sleeveless shirts on such as mine. When I approached one of them, she stated that no one said anything to them about what she was wearing. I assumed the other women were not told about the sleeveless policy as they were boarding and getting off tour buses wearing sleeveless shirts in plain view of many Cultural Center employees. While on the tour, I noticed that one of the natives had her shirt rolled up exposing her arms. I hate to bring race into the conversation, but it was not lost on me (and the woman I approached) that the other women who were allowed to wear their sleeveless shirts were White. So why was I (the only Black person touring the cultural center) asked to change my clothes? When I mentioned this inconsistency to one of the employees, he joked that the rule was a way of making me buy one of their t-shirts. I wasn't amused and wanted to say that if the Pueblo had wanted me to spend money, I would have felt inclined to spend more if I hadn't been forced to follow a rule that they don't enforce with their other patrons. Unfortunately, a powerful cultural experience was tainted. From reading the other reviews, it seems as if the administration does a poor job of updating the public on their policies and changes in their schedule. Travel at your own risk.
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