Explore Pueblo Dwellings at Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo

A visit to Taos Pueblo will take you back in time to the way things were centuries ago. This is thanks to the largest multistoried Pueblo structure that is found approximately three miles northeast of Taos Plaza and two miles north of the city of Taos, New Mexico. Taos Pueblo, which is the only living Native American community, has plenty to offer its visitors.  The site, which is a designated World Heritage Site and National Historic Landmark, is made entirely of adobe, which is earth that has been mixed with straw and water, with the mixture being made into sun-dried bricks or poured into forms. At first glance of the site, you might assume that it is one huge building. In actual sense though, the Pueblo actually takes on a number of individual homes that happen to be built in layers, side by side, complete with common walls minus having connecting doorways. Back in the day, access into the building was only done through the top since there were no windows or doors present.

According to archaeologists, the Taos valley has been inhabited from as long ago as 3,000BC.  This site showcases an authentic example of the survival of Pueblo Indian Life. It has managed to remain intact through the centuries, regardless of outside influences such as the Spanish to the region. The site which was built by the NorthernTewa tribe is a direct link for the Native Americans of today with the earlier inhabitants to the site. A number of tribal customs remain largely unchanged at the site. A number of festivals take place at the site throughout the year, with an insight to the cultures of the Taos people.

The site is great for a beautiful shopping experience. You will find plenty of beautiful souvenirs to buy, most famous of which is the simple micaceous clay pottery that the members of Taos Pueblo are known for. A small stream known as the Red Willow Creek runs through the center of the community. This stream begins high in the Sangre de Cristo Range and makes its way through the community, into a whitewater river and finally pouring into the Rio Grande River. It is used for drinking, bathing, and cooking in addition to performing a number of religious activities.

As a tip, there some rules that you need to follow while exploring this site, some of which include sticking to the tourist boundaries and not taking photos of places or people without their express permission.

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