Ohkay Owingeh | Owe’nehBupingeh Rehabilitation Project

Owe’neh Bupingeh, the traditional name for the Ohkay Owingeh village center, is believed to have been occupied for at least 700 years. Owe’neh Bupingeh is composed of four plazas, surrounded in the past by several hundred homes. Sixty of the homes remain, most of which had been abandoned by 2005 due to deterioration. This multiphased project balances rehabilitation with functional renovations of the homes, permitting contemporary life and cultural traditions to comfortably coexist and allowing families to return to the sacred core of the Pueblo. Approximately half of the construction crew were tribal members. 

This case study forms part of the Case Studies 2013 project by the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC). These case studies are foundational to SNCC's multi-year effort to research and share the exciting work that tribes are undertaking across the country.

About The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative

The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC) was founded in New Mexico in 2009 to advance the development of culturally and environmentally responsive housing design within American Indian communities.

Through planning, architectural design, technical assistance and research, the collaborative help tribal communities gain self-sufficiency, improve their impacts on the natural world, and develop healthy, green, culturally-appropriate communities.