Taos Publeo

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by E. B. on November 18, 2003

I wanted to visit the Taos Pueblo since it is such a historic site. I went with my camera and shot some great photos. It's $10 admission charge to enter the reservation, and $5 for each camera that you want to use on the site. You can find more information on their web site here.

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.

Taos Pueblo
Taos Pueblo
Taos, New Mexico


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