13 Facts About Taos Pueblo


Taos Pueblo is an ancient pueblo belonging to a Taos-speaking Native American tribe of Puebloan people.

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Taos Pueblo is a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos.

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Taos Pueblo's most prominent architectural feature is a multi-storied residential complex of reddish-brown adobe, built on either side of the Rio Pueblo.

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Taos Pueblo was designated a National Historic Landmark on October 9,1960.

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The idea that the Spanish Taos Pueblo is from tao, "cross of the order of San Juan de los Caballeros", is unlikely.

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Taos Pueblo hosted a trade fair each fall after the agricultural harvest.

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Reports from the period indicate that the native people of Taos Pueblo resisted the building of the church and forceful imposition of the Catholic religion.

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The Taos Pueblo notably involved non-native people in lobbying the federal government for the return of Blue Lake, as they argued that their unrestricted access to the lake and the surrounding region was necessary to ensure their religious freedom.

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Buildings at Taos Pueblo originally had few windows and no standard doorways.

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North-side Taos Pueblo is said to be one of the most photographed and painted buildings in North America.

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Taos Pueblo Indians made little use of furniture in the past, but today they have tables, chairs, and beds.

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Since Spanish colonization, the native Taos Pueblo people have resisted cultural change and influence with European ideas.

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However, on All Souls' Day, the Taos Pueblo spend a day with their families and close their village to any non-Indian.

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