Taos Pueblo

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1846
Taos, NM 87571

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Cultural History

The Taos Pueblo is a very old pueblo who came from the Pueblo people. The Pueblo people are Northern Tiwa speaking tribe who are Native Americans. The Taos Pueblo is said to be almost 1000 years old. It is situated 1 mile or 1.6 kilometers in the northern part of Taos, New Mexico in the United States. A 95,000 acres reservation is dedicated to the Taos Pueblo. In this reservation, 1,900 people are living. Their name in the Tiwa language, the Taos is Tua-tah which literally means “our village”. This Taos Pueblo is one of the eight members of the Eight Northern Pueblos.

Many archeologists say that the first traces of life from this tribe are found in the Rio Grande. They are said to have migrated from the Four Corners Region of the United States. These archeologists say that the Taos Indians settled with other Pueblo Indians until the region was inhabited by the Anasazi and they experienced a terrible long period of drought during the 1200’s. 

The Taos Pueblo history revolves around three major events: the Pueblo Revolt in 1680, a blockade by the U.S forces in 1847 as well as the return by President Nixon of their lost 48,000 acres of land. The land was taken from them, by President Theodore Roosevelt when he announced that the place will be regarded to the Carson National Forest. One of their sacred places, the Blue Lake, which was also taken away from them, was included in the return of their properties. According to them, the return of the Blue Lake is the most important event in their history. This is so because the Blue Lake played a significant role in their spirituality and the belief that their tribe originated from the lake.

There are three major religions that are encrypted in the tribe’s culture. These three are the Christianity, their indigenous religion, and the Native American Church yet most of the people are Roman Catholic. They even consider San Geronimo as their patron saint. The community is one, with their famous mantra, “we are in one nest”. Both men and women diligently do their community works and they are firm believers that the family should be the strongest unit of the society.

The most prominent symbol among the Taos Pueblo architectural history is their multi-storied residential complex divided into two parts by the Rio Pueblo. The site is said to be one of the most photographed structures in the Western Hemisphere. It is the largest multi-storied structure in Taos Pueblo that still exists. It was used for defense as well as a form of residence.

Today, as the site has been included in the UNESCO heritage sites, it is now one of the major sources of the Taos Pueblo income. Every year, more and more tourists visit the place and there have been several tour arrangements being fixed for the tourists. The tribe is also busy with the Taos Mountain Casino which is continuously prospering every year.

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