Exploring The Pueblos in New Mexico

When the Spanish arrived in New Mexico, more than a hundred pueblos were present. But many of those pueblos have disappeared over time. However, the remaining pueblos are still there and are visited by tourists from all over the world. People of these villages perform their traditional rituals and dances that is a dose of cultural entertainment for tourists who visit. Even though these villages are mostly open to visitors, people from these villages don’t like the interference that often finds its way into their world. Visitors are also not allowed to take photos and videos inside the pueblos. Here are a list of some of the most famous pueblos in New Mexico:

Picuris Pueblo

The Picuris Pueblo is located 55 miles away from Santa Fe. Built over 700 years ago, Picuris is one of the smallest pueblos in New Mexico with around 300 villagers living in it. There is a museum in this pueblo which has a scalp house, mission church and pueblo ruins for the visitors to see.

Taos Pueblo

Located near the town of Taos, this pueblo has not lost its original character in the ever-changing world. The houses here are built with straw and clay. A Spanish style church, built over 200 years ago is a must visit here. People from this pueblo are a bit reserved in their behavior. Therefore, it is expected of tourists to refrain from exploiting their towns and following the local etiquette.

Santo Domingo Pueblo

Located at around 30 miles from Santa Fe, Santo Domingo Pueblo is a quiet and conservative pueblo. It is famous for its handicrafts and jewelry. Visitors are welcomed for their traditional dance and religious festivals held regularly. Photography is strictly prohibited in this pueblo and visitors who do not comply are frowned upon.

San Juan Pueblo

One of the most picturesque pueblos, San Juan, is known for its woodcarvers and potters. Visitors can have a look at the locals working on their crafts. This pueblo is quite welcoming to tourists. There is a clearly marked difference between the responsibilitise of males and females in this pueblo.

San Felipe Pueblo

Among the area’s oldest pueblos, people of San Felipe Pueblo are famous for their uncompromising nature when it comes to their traditions. Generally, outsiders are not allowed in the pueblo except for specific dances, and mostly in June.

Jemez Pueblo

Located in San Diego Canyon, Jemez is quite a small pueblo with around 2000 residents. The pueblo is not opened for the tourists. But a culture seeking enthusiast can have information about it from their visitor’s center. There are even historical photographs that can be viewed at the center. Foot races are the trademark of this pueblo, mostly organized on special occasions.

Nambe Pueblo

Nambe has a lot of Spanish influence in its traditions. Pottery and weaving are the most common traditional crafts of this village. Mostly open to visitors, this pueblo has an art gallery, which is a hotspot among the tourists. The festival of the fourth of July is a favorite activity of this pueblo.