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In Albq. the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 2401 12th ST NW, just north of I40 and not far from Old Town in Albq. phone 505-843-7270,  www.indianpueblo.org.  They can probably give you information on how to do that and maybe where to access the same info in Santa Fe.  If you can go to a  Pueblo Feast Day that can be interesting.  There are quite few Pueblos within reasonable driving of where you are. I think you can just plug in indian pueblo feast days and it will pull up some of the schedules near you.  I have only done this just to try it but didn't look extensively. If you are still going to Chama you will go up the the 599 bypass of Santa Fe to 84/285 west and you will go through several pueblos includling their sacred casinos😀 .  If you get to go to Bandelier NM and or  Los Alamos you will go the same route and pass the same pueblos and casinos.  A little to the south down I25 there are several pueblos. Read up and heed the rules for visiting especially in regards to camera. Some of the older areas on some pueblos are more interesting to me but I can't remember which one just now.

 

Taos is cool but not as convient to his location as some others.

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There are more Pueblos than just Taos.

When in a Pueblo, be respectful.  Many of the locals do NOT want their picture taken, nor do they welcome pictures of their homes or churches.  Always ask, and be prepared to pay.

 

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I also would recommend the  Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Acoma Sky City is the oldest occupied site in the United States. They have a visitors center and give tours of the Pueblo. There is a casino and a nice RV Park. We have also visited the Zuni Pueblo I suggest you checkout this website to see if there are any Pow Wows or feast days scheduled when you will be in the area as they are great events and a great way to experience some of the culture.        

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After living in NM for awhile now, since 1995 and actually moving there because of the mixed cultures I would highly recommend visiting Taos Pueblo and Acoma Pueblo(Sky City). Each is different in their own way. Absolutely take the tours offered and pay their camera fees so you can get some once in a lifetime photos. You should, if possible attend one of the feast days. It's a very special event. Maybe you will be asked to come in and eat with them in their home. If asked, don't refuse. We have ate with different pueblos many times. One time at Acoma we were asked to come in and eat and were invited up on their rooftop to watch the dances in the plaza. If going remember it gets hot, an umbrella will help.

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On 6/19/2018 at 9:17 PM, Barbaraok said:

Since they are already in Santa Fe, why wouldn't you go up to Taos Pueblo?   

Just for the heck of it I will answer your question. If you are concerned about seeing as much as possible there are Pueblos much closer to his location than Taos and some may be more convienent with other stuff they are trying to see.  I don't have anything against seeing Taos and it looks like they decided on that and I hope it was great I was just giving other possible options based on the information I had available.  Each place is unique so it is dealers choice.  One possiblity if going to Taos was to camp along the river at Pilar  just below Taos then pull over to Chama which was on his itenery. I hope they went to the bridge at the Rio Grande gorge just out of Taos.  BTW I know you are well traveled but wonder if you have toured Acoma pueblo which was one suggestion someone gave out.

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I see Acoma Sky City mentioned a couple of times.  It is, of course, subjective, but of the four or five pueblos we have visited, this one was the most disappointing.  It may claim to be the oldest occupied site, but there is little on the site that is original.  It is rife with reconstruction activity at all times and did not seem "genuine"...using modern construction techniques to maintain the oldest occupied site.  It is a money making machine for the tribe with oversized groups packed into busses for a limited tour.  Their RV park is nice, with a good shuttle to the casino.  JMO

   Ron

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21 hours ago, rogo88 said:

...I see Acoma Sky City mentioned a couple of times...It may claim to be the oldest occupied site, but there is little on the site that is original.  It is rife with reconstruction activity at all times and did not seem "genuine"...using modern construction techniques to maintain the oldest occupied site...

It has been a few years but this was not what we observed or the impression we got. When, we were there they were still using the original single water source. I do not recall seeing a single motorized vehicle on the streets of the residential area. I am not sure that it is reasonable to expect the community not to modernize as they may choose. The pueblo is their home not a historic monument mandated by law to be maintained in its original state in perpetuity. The residents are real people not reenactors.

We have been to a number of pueblos including Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Laguna, Ohkay, Picuris, Sandia, San Felipe, Santo Domingo, Taos and Zuni. Acoma was one of the more welcoming other than the Casinos which many have. We have visited some where entry by non-tribal members is prohibited. One even had gates at the entry. We have visited some where at least parts are indistinguishable from any modern subdivision.

We enjoyed the information provided at the Acoma Museum complex and the Pueblo Cultural Center. 

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trailertraveler,  I thought your perspective on Sky City were interesting and it always good to see different viewpoints. You seem to have more experience by far than me even though I spend significant time in the Albq. area.

I am starting to get anxious to see redraider89's "official" report of thier trip to see what their viewpoint is.

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We visited Taos Pueblo for their San Juan Feast Day Sunday, June 24th.  Being that there a no information on start times for the feast anywhere and when you called the Pueblo you get an answering machine we decided to get there when they opened at 8:30am.  We found out once we arrived that the festivities would start sometime between 1pm and 3pm or "Indian Time" as we were told.    We went on the 9am tour and it was informative.  I learned that less that "10 people" actually live full time in the pueblo.  Others come in to sell local crafts and food but don't live there.   After visiting some homes that had open signs selling crafts and food we decided finally to leave about 12:30pm since there was no start time for the feast day and it was getting very hot with little shade or anything to do (we had our 7 year old daughter with us.

Though we really enjoyed the visit to the Pueblo and very much respect the traditions and heritage of Native Americans I found it do be very disorganized.  Also my impression is this is more of a money making thing for the community which is fine.  However, if they really want to be effective they should give more detailed times for events such as feast days and describe what to expect for visitors.  Would I go back to Taos Pueblo?  No, however we are glad we visited the one time.  

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3 hours ago, RedRaider89 said:

We found out once we arrived that the festivities would start sometime between 1pm and 3pm or "Indian Time" as we were told.   

"Indian time" is an honored tradition. Whoever you are with at the moment is always more important than who you might be with later. So, things begin when everyone is comfortable coming. I'm sorry you went so early that you couldn't wait.

Linda Sand

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