Tuesday, August 7, 2012

#3, #11, #17 & #19 - Taos Pueblo

On our recent trip to New Mexico, we spent a morning at Taos Pueblo where I was able to check off four more items on Rinda's Photo Scavenger Hunt list.

The first building we encountered as we entered the Pueblo fit the requirements for #17 - A Church.

We met our tour guide outside the church, a college student and native of the Red Willow People of Taos Pueblo. The tour was extremely informative as we learned about the history of these native peoples from their beginnings through their conquest by the Spanish Conquistadors to the return of their land by President Nixon right up to the present day where some of the natives choose to continue to live within the borders of the original Pueblo despite the fact that there is no electricity or running water.

It was a sunny day, so I had no problem capturing lots of photos for #11 - A Shadow. The one of us standing in the entryway to the church courtyard is my favorite.




Our tour guide informed us that the homes within the walls of the pueblo are privately owned by tribal families. The yellow and red doors in this photo capturing #19 - An Outdoor Stairway lead to his family's home.

These outdoor stairways were prevalent within the pueblo, some resembling well made ladders, some steps with handrails, and some more rustic in nature.




We also found #3 - A Border around the perimeter of the cemetery which is located on the spot of the original church building. When the second church at that location was destroyed during the War with Mexico, the site became a cemetery.

We were allowed to take photos of the cemetery, however it is considered sacred ground and is only entered on the day of a funeral or the one year anniversary of a death. The natives believe that the dead and the living have different energies and it is not good to mix them, so the cemetery is closed except at those few appointed times.

This leaves eight items remaining for me to find and share for the scavenger hunt! Anyone seen a clothesline in the DFW area lately?

12 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

Love those shadows.

Jane said...

that shadow photo is fantastic!

Sian said...

What a beautifully different set of photos. A chance to enjoy some sights from the other side of the world!

Alison said...

Yep...the shadow pic is outstanding! Wouldn't like to use some of these staircases- especially after a couple of glasses of wine!!
Alison xx

Elizabeth said...

What great photos! Can't even pick a favorite because they are all good. It looks really sunny and hot there but then it is summer time.

Beverly said...

Love trips where you can learn some history. You got amazing shadow shots!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Wow!!! I love these. So beautiful. And so different. I think I have to move New Mexico up on my list of places to visit.
Rinda

Jimjams said...

What a n amazing set of photos - love that shadow!

Karen said...

Great finds! I loved the Taos Pubelo, but it was very, very hot the day we were there. I still have a prayer bundle I purchased there on my book shelves in my studio.

Julia said...

I love your outdoor stairways :) Looks like a really fascinating place

Jo Murray said...

Well done! A most interesting place.

Carola Bartz said...

Hello! Rinda sent me over here after she read about my visit to Taos Pueblo in December 2009 (on my blog today). It looks a bit different on a sunny summer day, but there is so much I recognized. I found it a fascinating place, a bit depressing and sad at the beginning of our visit which fortunately changed when we met some of the people there who were very welcoming and friendly. Beautiful photos!