Sunday, May 27, 2012

Visiting Historic Pueblo De Tao's...

Again another beautiful but very warm day and we were on our way to explore the Historic Pueblo De Tao's. Situated in the valley of a small tributary of the Rio Grandee, this Pueblo Indian settlement, consists of adobe dwellings, ceremonial buildings and a few teepee's. It is one of a group of settlements established in the late 13th and early 14th centuries in the valleys of the Rio Grandee. The Pueblo is currently the largest living world heritage listed site. Today about 150 people still make their homes full-time in the pueblo. Others maintain houses there but live elsewhere in more modern homes on some 99,000 acres (40,000 hectares) of Pueblo Indian land. In accordance with tradition, no electricity or running water is allowed in residences inside the adobe pueblo.

We all had a great time exploring the buildings, looking at all the interesting goods for sale and talking to the Indians. While Garry was happy to sit under a tree near the creek that runs through the Pueblo, I was in a photographic dream. I couldn't wait to get home and spend some time editing the amazing images. It was hard not to take a great shot.

Neither Nic or I could resist the amazing Indian Drums - we almost cleared the store purchasing one for each child from a third generation drum maker whose drums are exhibited in the Smithsonian.

The kids were amazing - especially baby Lara who dealt with the extreme heat without a complaint.

But my favorite part of the Pueblo without a doubt was the cemetery.

On the edges of the Pueblo their were a number of teepee's, the photograph below was taken as the clouds were rolling in.

Our visit was truly amazing - we spent around three hours inside the pueblo, but without kids I am sure I could easily have spent the entire day exploring. It was well worth the extra $6.00 Us I had to pay so that I could take photographs inside the Pueblo.

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