November 24, 2010

Acoma Pueblo - Sky City

About an 1 1/2 hours west southwest of Albuquerque, NM is the Acoma Indian Pueblo  - Sky City. It has been continuously inhabited since about 1300 AD, and has a mission that was built in 1629. We have been wanting to visit the Pueblo for quite and while, and this year we made plans to spend the better part of a day visiting the Pueblo on our trip back to California. The Cultural Center was informative, and it has a wonderful gift shop. There is also a restaurant located in the center, and we ate a delicious lunch after our tour of the Acoma Pueblo on the mesa. Our tour guide, Jeri, told us many details about the mesa, the pueblo, and the history of its people. There isn't any running water or electricity on the ten story high mesa, but the people still come for visits to their homes. In the Acoma tradition only the women own property.  Water is brought up to the mesa for visits. I took many pictures, and will post a few for you to get an idea of what it is like. If you ever get a chance to visit, we highly recommend it.

Sky City Mesa

Cultural Center Patio - Pueblo of Acoma Mesa in Background

Mission San Esteban Del Rey

Natural Rock Cistern

Courtyard in Pueblo Where Tribal Dances are Celebrated

Close Up of Mud and Straw House Construction Materials


Colorful Homes - Natural Sandstone Colors

Ladders are Used to Access Upper Floors

Ladder Against Brick House

Colorful Door

Recessed Stone Entry

Natural Stone Stairway Leading Down From Mesa

At the Bottom of the Mesa

Livestock Were Kept and Crops Were Grown in the Valley

Old Livestock Fencing

Jeri Our Tour Guide

1 comment:

Marva said...

You know we've never been there! We've been to Mesa Verde several times though. I just love New Mexico! Did you get to stop in Santa Fe? Marva