Taos Pueblo is also known for the shops and galleries found inside the actual Pueblo. Each shop is owned by tribal members. The individual families are able to benefit from the tourism industry by selling their handmade and hand crafted arts and crafts to the visitors. For generations some families have been able to provide for their families through this resource.
The shops also reflect the connection to the historical factor of Taos Pueblo being a trade center pre- European contact to today. Today, shop owner’s still sell and trade arts and crafts with other neighboring tribal people, such as other local Pueblos or Navajo people. This is reflected in the variety of goods the shops have to offer. All shop keepers and owners are able to identify arts and crafts from other communities.
Beyond the shops, Taos Pueblo is renowned for the arts and crafts made here. Traditional arts include micaceous pottery, drum making, and basketry. Other contemporary forms of art work would include painting, sculpture, and photography. Jewelry making, although not a traditional art form or contemporary art form, has been practiced since the 1940’s. Some shops sell their actual art work or resale works from other indigenous communities.
The shops are a unique attribute to the environment of the community with the artist on sight to talk and share their technique or concepts. Shop owners also can give insight to the art they carry and can share the value of a piece. It is important to note that the shops located in the Pueblo vicinity are held to the Indian Arts and Crafts Act which is a federal act for business owners of all sorts who carry Native American arts and crafts to disclose the authenticity of the work he/she is selling.