Thursday, April 30, 2009

Acoma Pueblo Confidential

Acoma Pueblo--the oldest continuously inhabited native
communities in North America dates back to the 11th century!
(Click image to enlarge)

One of the great things about traveling through the southwest is the native culture and history. Sadly, many of America's native peoples have been relegated to reservations where conditions and resources are poor. Some of the Native Americans have found ways, besides or in addition to casinos, to support their communities and cultivate their heritage. The Acoma Pueblo is one example of a native tribe continuing their traditions. This pueblo on a mesa is one of the oldest inhabited communities in North America and dates back to the 11th century. The name of the pueblo in the native language is Aa'ku and means "a place prepared." If you're ever in New Mexico, absolutely visit this pueblo. It's worth every penny!

Photo copyright: Janet Kincaid, 04/09


Maya said...

Stunning shots! Those food ones at the end are making me wish I had some more of that fry bread right now...

Cele said...

Oh wow, I've not been to a pueblo in 30 plus years. I hope you guys get to go to Montezuma's Castle at Mesa Verde. It's amazing... and (for me) a spiritual place.

Janet Kincaid said...

Maya: Thank you! A Navajo/Pueblo taco sounds kind of good, but I think fry bread sounds better.

Cele: I think Mesa Verde will have to be on the next trip, but I can't wait to hear your stories about this place that is so special to you.