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Taos Pueblo

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Address 120 Veterans Highway Taos, NM 87571

Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. We welcome you to visit our village when you travel to northern New Mexico. Tribal families continue to maintain their homes as family homes.  There are no modern amenities here in the cultural area of the community. Living here is a choice and an option for Tribal members.

Tribal families continue to maintain their homes as family homes. There are no modern amenities here in the cultural area of the community. Living here is a choice and an option for Tribal members.

Adobe Structures

1 The adobe structures are estimated to be over a thousand years old. When the Spanish came to Pueblo country, some assumed they had found their “Cities of Gold” because of the miccaceous mineral found in the clay used for mudding the buildings. Micca, for short, glitters in light therefore the assumption was made by the Spanish. The Adobe structures are mudded every year or other year, dependent upon the family. The majority of the homes are still owned and maintained by the family. The homes are generally passed down from one generation to the next with, usually, the eldest son being the sole owner. These homes are still used for religious and cultural activities. The homes are the connection to our way of life and to our ancestors.

Preservation Program

2 With time and other social impacts on the community there are homes which are in need of repair. The tribe has started a program to preserve the structures and in other instances to return them to their original state. The preservation program has been a unique tool to help with the repairing of homes and an educational experience for our youth. Through this program we are able to teach our children the importance and the necessity of having a family home.