Monday, October 09, 2006

Acoma Pueblo and Mesa, NM

Acoma Pueblo sits on a mesa 370 feet above the desert floor. For almost 2,000 Sky City has served as the physical and spiritual homeland for the Acoma people. Sky City, NM, is the oldest continuously-inhabited community in North America.

As we toured the cultural center, I noticed this little Acoma girl playing quietly unaffected by the tour group.

Many of the Acoma Pueblo people live in Sky City or in nearby villages. Sky City has over 300 structures made of adobe (mud brick) and white sand stone.

The homes are owned by Acoma Pueblo females who pass them on to their youngest daughters.

While most of the Acoma people don't live at Sky City full time, they return for various special cultural occasions to celebrate at their ancestral homes.

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