Taos Pueblo homes by aglennc

Taos Pueblo homes

We had a fascinating guided tour of the Taos, New Mexico Pueblo by a young man who has lived here all his life. The Pueblo is home to a Taos-speaking (Tiwa) Native American tribe of Puebloan people. It is located a mile from the city of Taos, New Mexico, and is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States. Taos Pueblo's most prominent architectural feature is a multi-storied residential complex of reddish-brown adobe, probably built between 1000 and 1450.

Approximately 150 people live within the Pueblo full time. They have no running water, electricity, or bathrooms in their homes. Water is carried from a stream that runs through the pueblo. Other families owning homes in the North or South buildings live in summer homes near their fields, and in more modern homes outside the old walls but still within Pueblo land. There are over 1,900 Taos Indians living on Taos Pueblo lands. The community is known for being one of the most private, secretive, and conservative of Native American pueblos. Natives will almost never speak of their religious customs to outsiders, and because their language has never been written down, much of the culture remains unknown to the rest of the world.

The pueblo is a National Historic Landmark is designated as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Glad to see the forest fires that swept through that area last summer missed all this historic stuff.
October 23rd, 2018  
Are the houses made of mud & straw?
October 23rd, 2018  
@777margo An adobe brick is a composite material made of earth mixed with water and an organic material such as straw or dung. The soil composition typically contains sand, silt and clay. Straw is useful in binding the brick together. In dry climates, adobe structures are extremely durable, and account for some of the oldest existing buildings in the world. Adobe means “mudbrick” in Spanish. Native Americans who live in pueblos have used this product for centuries.
October 23rd, 2018  
October 23rd, 2018  
@aglennc Thankyou for telling me. this is so interesting
October 24th, 2018  
This is so interesting Anita. I’ve never heard of these people. It must have been amazing for you to be on this tour.
October 24th, 2018  
@susiemc Our Native American (Indian) Tribes have lived this was for centuries in the same dwellings their ancestors have lived in. Not all of them, but quite a few We have a friend who is a Kuminay (spelling???) Indian who lives on a nearby reservation, and they have houses similar to ours -- running water, electricity, bathrooms etc. Google Taos Pueblo Native Americans.
October 25th, 2018  
Great capture and such an amazing way to live in this day and age
October 28th, 2018  
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