“San Ill-day-fon-so” Po-Woh-Geh-Owingeh “Where the water cuts through”
The Pueblo de San Ildefonso history dates back to 1300 A.D. when the people from Bandelier moved down to the current location next to the Rio Grande. Before this, they had come from Mesa Verde in Southern Colorado.
The Pueblo’s annual feast celebration and ceremonies begin the evening of January 22nd with church vespers. On January 23rd, beginning at dawn, the People of San Ildefonso celebrate their annual feast day with traditional dances, Deer and Comanche dances. There is Mass celebrated on this day as well. These dances, vespers and Mass blend the native practices with the feast day of the saint Ildefonso. Information from: http://sanipueblo.org/