A Visit to Acoma Pueblo
Traveling across the valley floor, huge towering rock formations remind one of how tiny we humans really are
Acoma Pueblo is home to the Acoma Tribe, and sits atop a grande mesa~ I snagged this aerial photo of it off the encyclopedia. It is easy to see why one would want to live atop the mesa~ aside from being breathtakingly beautiful, it was quite secure~ one could see anyone coming from miles and miles.(click to enlarge)
You can get all the info you need here on their website.
The views are amazing~ it is so peaceful. A trip here is like traveling back in time~ there is no electricity, no running water, and no indoor plumbing. The Acoma Tribe is a matriarchal society, meaning that the women are the only property owners~ each home has been passed down from mother to youngest daughter for generations. Acoma Pueblo dates back to 1100 AD...thats alot of generations! The only property men are allowed to hold are the sacred Kivas, (which are prayer rooms)
Everything brought up to the mesa top has to be carried~ the construction materials are mainly rocks and adobe bricks. The oldest constructions are to the center of the mesa top
Every home has a view no money could ever be enough to buy
Jai, our tour guide is standing beside a horno. Pronounced, 'huh-where~no' , this one is one of many in the Pueblo still actively used for baking~ not only breads, but savory meats as well.
A real mica window hundreds of years old~
Along the guided tour we wandered and zig zagged thru the Pueblo~ many artists had tables set up outside their homes and were all ready to chat up the day. There were paintings, dream catchers, beadwork, and of coarse, world renowned Acoma pottery.
One cannot help but be at peace, in a place that is in itself, so peaceful~ there are no blaring televisions or radios...no streetlights or power lines to block ones never ending view
I love the straw showing in the adobe walls~ just beautiful
Many of the homes are three stories tall, enabling the kitchen to be moved with the changing seasons, in the summer, the kitchen is located on the top floor with heat venting out the roof to keep the lower floors cool, and in the winter, the kitchen is moved to the first floor, where it helps to keep the upper floors warm in the cold months
The bell tower of the San Estevan del Ray Mission, built in 1629. (As beautiful as this mission is, I look at it and see nothing but sadness and oppression) You can read more about it here.
Acoma Pueblo is an amazing place and I hope it perhaps piqued your interest so that if you are at all in the vicinity, you will take the road less traveled and have a visit you will never forget~