At Albuquerque hotel Nativo Lodge, amenities include original Native American art.
“How was your hotel, Daddy?” my kids ask me every time I go somewhere. Or used to, at least, until I answered “just like every other hotel room” 100 times in a row and they stopped asking.
A hotel room in Florida is a hotel room in California is a hotel room in New York. And then I visited Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque, where each room celebrates diverse Native American cultures and traditions.guest rooms, where the artwork and furnishings were influenced by Native American culture; and Mountain Guest Rooms, where the views took full advantage of the watermelon-hued Sandia Mountains at sunset. I opted for one of the 47 Artist Rooms, which the lodge commissioned as “large-scale, livable installation works of art” to be painted by Native artists.
My room was No. 520, the Apsaalooke’ Room, painted by enrolled tribal member and 2017 graduate of Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Arts Del Curfman, who is known for imagery that conveys Indigenous heritage and tradition (he also skateboards). With loose brushwork and hints of abstraction and impressionism, Curfman’s Nativo Lodge mural told the story of the Apsaalooke’ (Crow Nation of Montana) and their life on the Great Plains of eastern Montana.
It took me a bit to explain that to the kids.
For more on Nativo Lodge, visit their website.