When I stared reading up on New Mexico, I got really interested in the pueblos and was looking forward to visiting at least one of the nineteen communities. Many of them are opened to public on certain days for a limited time so I was very happy finding out that we would get to see the Taos Pueblo.
The picture above shows the graveyard of the tribe and the ruins of their old church in the back which was destroyed in the American-Mexican war in the middle of the nineteenth century. Only members of the tribe are allowed to enter the graveyard to honor their ancestors.
Oh look, a sleepy puppy!!!
The creek that runs through the pueblo remains the only source of drinking water for the people living within the adobe wall (as can be seen in the background). The water of the creek is very shallow and clear and shall not be touched by any visitor.
This is the Hlauuma or North House (as opposed to the South House on the other side of the creek). It is said to be about 1000 years old and one of the most photographed structure in the United States. The red and blue doors stand out against the brown color of the adobe structure.
And finally, this picture shows the San Geronimo or St. Jerome Chapel. It was built to replace the old church on the graveyard. It is the tribes place of worship, and while visitors are allowed in the building outside of service, taking pictures is not permitted.
In addition to the area within the adobe walls, which by the way does not stand under the jurisdiction of the United States but is accepted as an own nation with laws and government, the tribe also owns the mountain you can see in the first picture, a lake, and the grounds in between. These were given back to the people under President Nixon and allow them to hunt and keep their traditions alive.
I enjoyed visiting this pueblo a lot and really appreciated getting a tour from one of the girls that grew up in the pueblo.