January 12, 2020
The Taos Pueblo’s most prominent architectural feature is the 4 or 5--storied residential complex of reddish-brown adobe, built on either side of the Rio Pueblo river - there's multiple (yet smaller) dwellings on the other side of the river. The multi-storied pueblo was built probably between 1000 and 1450. The families who have been here for all those years, “will” or pass down their abodes to their next of kin when they die. There are many, many generations of families that have been living here since the beginning days of the Pueblo.. This is an ancient pueblo belonging to the Taos-speaking (Tiwa) Native American tribe of the Puebloan people. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1960, The first Spanish visitors to the Taos Pueblo arrived in 1540, and it was old at that time. The young woman who led the tour was 10th generation Tiwa and she comes home to the Pueblo each summer to live in her family’s ancestral home.
There are many other adobe houses that date a little later than the big Pueblo -but still date from the 1,500’s. All of them are occupied which I find fascinating. This multi-story pueblo is the oldest structure on the site. And the cemetery dates back to the origins of the Pueblo with many unmarked graves from 1000 AD up to 1600 and later.
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