My RV was parked in Angel Fire, New Mexico, which was only a short drive to Santa Fe. As I drove into Santa Fe, the first thing that I noticed was the colorful culture. A quick right turn onto main street opened up to several restaurants, galleries, museums, and shops.
You can tell there had been many renovations over the years but, I still was able to get lost in the mystery and magic of the residents and markets. I spent many hours wandering the streets with its distinctive fusion of Anglo, Spanish and Native Cultures set against the backdrop of the “Sangre de Cristo” mountains.
There are eight Northern Pueblos that lie between Santa Fe and Colorado. Near Santa Fe, I was able to experience first hand the rich history of one of the eight.
Taos Pueblo “Tau-Tah - The Place of the Red Willows"
I ventured into the world of the Taos Pueblo, its a trip back in time as you take the guided tour through the most intriguing rugged landscape and native architecture. The adobe architecture, is said to be one of America's oldest, continuously occupied villages.
Taos Pueblo served as a major trading center for centuries and its Trade Fair drew thousands of mountain men, trappers and other traders. Taos Pueblo artists are known for their stunning clay pottery, jewelry, paintings and drums.
Over hundred Natives still live within the wall of this living museum. Its residents still speak the native language, Tiwa, and follow the many old traditions of no running water, and no electricity.
The tour ended with,“The Church of San Gerónimo” which was a significant piece of their history during the war. Sadly the original church was destroyed 1847—its ruins still stand next to the Pueblo’s cemetery.
You can spend hours wondering around the village, speaking with the residents, and enjoying the native cuisine.