I am a native New Mexican. Half of my roots are here for many generations. But this was my first visit to the Taos Pueblo in northern New Mexico. I already knew a bit about the location, and have seen many photos and paintings. But there is nothing like showing up and finally walking the history.
We took a short tour, and then spent time walking around and taking in impressions. I thought I would share a few with you.
These mud and timber structures are estimated to be over a thousand years old, and are renewed and maintained once or twice a year to keep them from eroding back into nature to become part of the spectacular landscape once again. I love how the blue window and door trim reflect the color of the sky.
The village is largely unoccupied by residents now, but many natives sell their wares inside the old structures. I very much enjoyed the shop signs with the authentic names of the tribal members.
The village shows it age and simple mysterious beauty.
The buildings have no electricity and are only allowed to use propane or kerosene for fuel. There is no plumbing or running water. Hence few still choose to live here full time. The outside doors are not original as entrance was originally through the roof after climbing up ladders. These entrances now serve as skylights in the small shops.
Dogs roam freely throughout the village.
Low porches or ramadas were originally used to dry herbs, meats and vegetables in the sun. They still provide nice shade and interesting shadows.
As this one is, most of the knowledgeable guides are university students. This is a side view of the San Geronimo Chapel built in 1850 where tours begin near the entrance to the pueblo.
Aspen Wind (his actual name) was not present at his leather shop today. I couldn't help but add the wonderful texture of his shop door to the many weathered and time worn surfaces we enjoyed on our visit to the Taos Pueblo this day.
I'll be sharing more of our last licks of summer before it's all over. I hope you enjoyed the tour!
Happy last of the Summer Days!