On Saturday, July 23 earlier this week we visited Taos Pueblo. It is ancient village inhabited by the Pueblo Indians. The pueblo has its own form of government, and yet is considered to be a part of the United States. It owns 100,000 acres of land, all of which is closed to the public. Among these is the sacred Blue Lake, where the Puebloan Indians go on a pilgrimage once a year.
The houses are made out of adobe bricks covered with an adobe plaster. They are rectangular in shape with flat roofs, and have no plumbing or electricity. The older houses have no doors, instead they have small trapdoors in the roof, with ladders up to the top of the roof. These could be pulled inside in case of attack from the neighboring tribes. Many of the houses have shops built in, mostly art shops or drink stands.
The Red Willow Creek runs right through the middle of the pueblo, and is still the major source of drinking water for the natives. The St. Jerome Church is one of the biggest buildings in the pueblo, and inside the Blessed Virgin Mary stands central in her seasonal clothing.
You can go on a guided tour in which the tour guide shows you around the pueblo and explains some things about the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. For more information about the revolt and the role Taos played in it, visit my post on it (coming soon.)