VISIT TAOS PUEBLO ... A THOUSAND YEARS OF TRADITION
Make your plans now to experience the Annual Taos Pueblo Pow-Wow on the second weekend of July at the Taos Pueblo, where there will be Native American dancers from all over North America, a large arts and crafts market with plenty of food vendors. After enjoying the beat of the drums come on over to Taos Mountain Casino with your wrist band. You will receive a FIVE DOLLAR Match play for the table games such as Black Jack and Three card poker.
Come and explore living history at one of the longest continually inhabited structures in the Americas ... The Taos Pueblo. The Pueblo has been the center of tribal life for the Taos Pueblo for nearly a millennium and continues to be the heartbeat of their culture. Don't miss this rare opportunity to explore a unique
WHEN IS THE PUEBLO OPEN TO VISITORS?
The Pueblo is generally open to visitors daily from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, except when tribal rituals require closing the Pueblo. Late winter to early Spring the Pueblo closes for about ten weeks. Please call ahead if you'll be visiting during this time at (575) 758-1028.
HOW OLD IS TAOS PUEBLO?
Our people have a detailed oral history which is not divulged due to religious privacy. Archaeologists say that ancestors of the Taos Indians lived in this valley long before Columbus discovered America and hundreds of years before Europe emerged from the Dark Ages. Ancient ruins in the Taos Valley indicate our people lived here nearly 1000 years ago. The main part of the present buildings were most likely constructed between 1000 and 1450 A.D. The appeared much as they do today when the first Spanish explorers arrived in Northern New Mexico in 1540 and believed that the Pueblo was one of the fabled golden cities of Cibola. The two structures called Hlauuma (north house) and Hlaukwima (south house) are said to be of similar age. They are considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the USA.
HOW WERE THE BUILDINGS CONSTRUCTED?
The Pueblo is made entirely of adobe -- earth mixed with water and straw, then either poured into forms or made into sun-dried bricks. The walls are frequently several feet thick. The roofs of each of the five stories are supported by large timbers -- vigas -- hauled down from the mountain forests. Smaller pieces of wood -- pine or aspen latillas -- are placed side-by-side on top of the vigas; the whole roof is covered with packed dirt. The outside surfaces of the Pueblo are continuously maintained by re-plastering with thick layers of mud. Interior walls are carefully coated with thin washes of white earth to keep them clean and bright. The Pueblo is actually many individual homes, built side-by-side and in layers, with common walls but no connecting doorways. In earlier days there were no doors or windows and entry was gained only from the top.
WHAT ARE MODERN CONVENIENCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE PUEBLO?
Our traditions dictate that no electricity or running water is allowed within the Pueblo walls. Most members live in conventional homes outside the village walls, but occupy their Pueblo houses for ceremonials.
HOW IS THE PUEBLO GOVERNED?
A tribal governor and war chief, along with staffs for each, are appointed yearly by the Tribal Council, a group of some 50 male tribal elders. The tribal governor and his staff are concerned with civil and business issues within the village and relations with the non-Indian world. The war chief and staff deal with the protection of the mountains and Indian lands outside the Pueblo walls.
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 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.
Taos Casino is open daily.
SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY - 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
|FRIDAY AND SATURDAY - 8:00 AM - 2:00 AM