This morning we were off early with a group from the Photographic Society of America to visit the Acoma Pueblo, which is located about an hour’s drive west of Albuquerque. This pueblo has been occupied since the mid- 1100s. The pueblo is located on a flat mesa top 430 feet above the valley floor. There is no electricity, or running water there. All water, food, and waste has to be trucked in and out.
|Colorful Door and Window|
|Stairway to the Stars?|
There are about 30 individuals who live in the Pueblo year round. They are often visited by their families and fellow tribe members. The ladders that one sees throughout the pueblo are used to reach the second, and third stories of a building as there is no access from below on the inside. Their crafts are lovely, and I purchased a small vase from them. They also have some very nice jewelry. Many of the homes have or share a horno, or clay oven. This is used to make bread and roast or cook meats which are said to be quite delicious.
|Pueblo Home and Reflection|
|A View from the Top|
|Horno, Clay Oven for Baking (I would have like to bake a loaf of Sourdough in it.)|
We enjoyed the tour and the many photo opportunities of the Pueblo. Photography was restricted to the pueblo buildings. You had to ask permission to photograph the people or their pottery. (They are protective of their pottery and designs because now people photograph it and then have it copied in China!) There is a beautiful old church which can be photographed on the outside only. One can see that the adobe is mixture of clay and grasses when you look closely at it. It has a commanding position on the Mesa as well.
|San Estevan del Rey Mission Church|
|Example of their beautiful Pottery|
On our way back to our Hotel we stopped at the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center.
Here we were able to photograph some of the Native American dancers, stroll through their museum, and learn more about the cultures of the area.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Pueblo as well as at the Cultural Center.