ABOUT THE TAOS PUEBLO
WELCOME TO THE TAOS PUEBLO!
Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Taos Pueblo Tribe who own and operate Taos Mountain Casino.
WHO LIVES IN THE PUEBLO?
Approximately 150 members of our Tribe live within the Pueblo full time. Other families owning homes in the North or South buildings live in summer homes near their fields, and in more modern homes outside the old walls but still within Pueblo land. There are over 1900 Taos Indians living on Taos Pueblo lands.
WHAT RELIGION IS PRACTICED AT TAOS PUEBLO?
The Pueblo Indians are about 90% Catholic. Catholicism is practiced along with the ancient Indian religious rites which are an important part of Taos Pueblo life. The Pueblo religion is very complex; however, there is no conflict with the Catholic Church, as evidenced by the prominent presence of both church and kiva in the village.
WHAT LANGUAGE IS SPOKEN AT TAOS PUEBLO?
Tiwa is our native language. English and Spanish are also spoken.
HOW LARGE IS THE TAOS PUEBLO LAND?
The land base is 99,000 acres with an elevation of 7,200 feet at the village.
WHAT IS THE ECONOMIC BASE OF THE TAOS PUEBLO?
The tourist trade, arts, traditional crafts and food concessions are important employment sources at the Pueblo. Some tribal members are employed in the Town of Taos. The Pueblo has a centralized management system where tribal members are employed in a variety of occupations.
WHAT IS THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM?
The Bureau of Indian Affairs maintains an elementary school, located behind the south Pueblo in an area restricted to the public. The majority of teachers are Indian. There is also a preschool program for three and four-year-olds. An education committee comprised of Pueblo members oversees the education of students and monitors a scholarship program for students wishing higher education. Indian children also attend public schools in the Town of Taos.
WHAT HANDMADE TAOS WARES ARE AVAILBALE FOR PURCHASE?
Mica-flecked pottery and silver jewelry are made by local artisans and sold at many of the individually owned curio shops within the Pueblo. The Taos Indians, being great hunters, are also famous for their work with animal skins -- moccasins, boots and drums. There are a growing number of contemporary Pueblo fine artists, combining Indian tradition with modern artistic expression. The outstanding Taos Pueblo trademark is the natural look, that is, the enhancement of natural material appearance without additional coloration.
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER SOUTHWEST INDIAN COMMUNITIES?
Taos is the northernmost of the nineteen New Mexico Pueblos. Our language is most closely related to that of Picuris, Isleta and Sandia Pueblos, but we are not related by blood. We traditionally trade with the Plains and other Pueblo Indians, particularly at our San Geronimo Day fair in September. A Pow-Wow, held each July, brings Indians from many tribes to Taos for a Native American weekend of trade and social festivities.
HOW DOES THE TAOS PUEBLO VIEW THE FUTURE?
As a sovereign nation within the United States, preserving our ancient traditions in the face of advancement of "modernization" is our prime concern. We are encouraged by an increased population of tribal members choosing to remain in Taos, as well as by these actions acknowledging Taos' important cultural heritage: Taos declared a National Historic landmark in 1965; Blue Lake returned to Taos in 1970; Taos Pueblo admitted to the World Heritage Society in 1992 as one of the most significant historical cultural landmarks in the world ... other sites include the Taj Mahal, Great Pyramids and the Grand Canyon in the United States.
Taos Casino is open daily.
SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY - 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
|FRIDAY AND SATURDAY - 8:00 AM - 3:00 AM