Taos Pueblo

Bill/Papa and I recently visited Taos Pueblo. It is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. I was simply amazed by what all we learned as we walked around the grounds, and spoke with the people that live there. Such a fascinating and enriching experience.

As you enter the area you notice several of the buildings have “open” signs at the front door. The self guided information sheet we were given informed us that these buildings are studio’s and shops of the pueblo people. Any building without the “open” sign at the front door is an actual home, and was not to be entered

One of the shops we visited appeared to be both a shop and a home. The man who welcomed us in was working in the front part of the building, but the room adjacent to where he was working, was his showroom, and actually had family pictures on the walls. There were rooms above the work/showroom that I assumed serve as the family living area, but of course, that was off-limits.

I find it amazing that all the structures on the grounds are made of Adobe.  “Adobe is a brick made of an earth, straw, and water mixture formed and sundried. The coating is continuously maintained to sustain the impacts of weather and deterioration. Multi-storied adobe homes known as Hlaauma (north house) and Hlaukkwima (south house) are the most notable structures of Taos Pueblo. Apartment like, each home is owned by a family and passed from one generation to the next. Adobe architecture has allowed for these structures to maintain stability and longevity for over 1000 years.” I find all this amazing, and I was so impressed with how the Pueblo people we met, took such pride in sharing stories of their culture with us.

We also learned that ” Taos Pueblo people are a Sovereign Nation. The Governing body of the tribe consists of three parts: Governor, Warchief, and Tribal Council. Governor and Warchief Staff are appointed yearly to serve the community. Tribal Council consists of men who previously served on the Governor and Warchief Staff, serving for a lifetime.”

As we left the Taos Pueblo community, Bill/Papa had to stop at the restroom, where we saw this sign posted right in front of the restroom door. Shantel, it reads “Reserved parking for Governor and Warchief staff only.” 🙂 🙂

Bill/Papa and I are so happy we visited Taos Pueblo. We learned so much about the Pueblo Community living there, and their culture. And we came away with a real sense of the pride they take in their art, crafts (I purchased a pair of earrings that will always remind me of our visit), and the way they have lived for generations.

Stay tuned!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    May 07, 2018 @ 23:31:44

    I love seeing and learning all of this through your eyes and words! It’s so fascinating to learn about other’s cultures, isn’t it? Love you!


  2. Bill
    May 08, 2018 @ 12:53:35

    We had a good time at the Pueblo, you sure made those earings beautiful, love you Girly.


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