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Santa Fe, New Mexico
May 29, 2010
From journal Weekend in Taos
April 1, 2008
by Foxboro Marmot
June 26, 2004
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and it’s another $5 for a photo permit if you plan to take pictures. A short, 20 minute guided tour is free with admission, but it’s not close to the professional quality Acoma Pueblo tour.
Within the adobe wall surrounding the old pueblo there is no electricity and no running water. Naturally, most of the 3000 tribe members choose to live outside the walls and enjoy modern conveniences. Only 50 people live inside today.
There are two large buildings inside the old pueblo grounds, a warren of small rooms piled upon each other, ranging from one to five stories high. North House is the one in the famous photos of Taos Pueblo, a classic southwestern pile of reddish-orange adobe walls seen against a distant mountain. Unfortunately, since I object to the photo permit policy, there’s no Taos Pueblo photo here. On the other hand, the Inn at Loreto in Santa Fe was designed based on Taos Pueblo and since there’s no charge to take photos of the Inn….
Unlike Acoma, once inside Taos Pueblo visitors are free to wander the grounds. Many small shops surround the plaza. It’s fun to poke around and see what’s inside. Usually, it’s silver or turquoise jewlry or pottery, but it could be tee shirts, drums or CDs of native music. Most shopkeepers and crafts workers are outgoing and interested in talking about their products, the weather, where you come from, or politics.
From journal The New Mexico Expedition
by E. B.
November 18, 2003
I also wanted to purchase some sweet grass to burn. White sage is used for chasing away negative spirits and is found more readily than sweet grass, which is used to attract positive energies. I knew I would find some sweet grass in the Taos Pueblo, which I did.
When I was purchasing the sweet grass from the Taos Pueblo artist Gathering Flowers, who had many beautiful sculptures for sale, she mentioned that she was in L.A. for some time. She let me in on a secret Indian gathering place in downtown L.A. I guess at this spot, Native Americans would get together and drink and bang on garbage cans and the tops of their car hoods to make music. Almost a ceremonial ritual in the middle of all the downtown skyscrapers. Pretty cool, but I also know the spot is very close to Skid Row, so as much as I'd love to check it out, I won't since I wouldn't be safe unless I'm accompanied by an "insider."
My friends and I bought some fry bread and ate it with honey. Nothing like fry bread made on a reservation. I bought some cheap tourist trinkets since that's all I could afford. The really nice artwork costs at least $100 and up, and I just couldn't afford to buy it. Beautiful jewelry and sculptures that had a story behind each item, I'll bet.
There's also the famous San Geronimo Church on the premises. They do hold mass there, so if you want to attend mass, you should call the pueblo to check. The best way is to check the Taos Pueblo web site for the phone number and to call. The pueblo is 90% Catholic. Even the Catholics practice their own Native American religion together with Christianity, since Catholicism tends to coexist with other native religions like Santería in Cuba, Candomble in Brazil, or Vodou in Haiti. Not everyone can brag that they received a communion wafer from such a historic church.
From journal World Heavyweight Championship Poetry Bout
February 7, 2003
From journal The Land of Enchantment "Taos is Special!"
Sea Girt, New Jersey
December 15, 2000
Also, if you are in Taos when feast day Dances are being held, I strongly recommend doing everything you can to attend. Visitors are invited to watch most of the Dances, but as they are relgious ceremonies, be sure to act with the proper reverence and solemnity. Check out this website to find out when tribal dances are held - they are incredible to watch and shouldn't be missed: http://www.indianpueblo.org/taos.html.
From journal Beautiful New Mexico
by Anne Silver
Taos, New Mexico
December 1, 2000
From journal Taos - Is Heaven really on earth