Salinas Pueblo Mission National Monument
The picture of me at the upper right part of the screen is taken at the Salinas Pueblo Mission Nt'l Monument. I really loved it there! So much history! There is so much to tell, but basically: Native Americans lived there for a long time first. Then came the Spanish settlers/traders and managed to force their religion and ways upon the Native Americans. What the result is today is a ruin in which you find Kivas and Church structures. I highly recommend anyone interested in Native American Culture and History to see these 3 Sites in Central New Mexico. Also, anyone interested in archaeology...because they are still digging!!!
See this web site for info and history.....
Photos of Salinas Pueblo Nt
I will apologize now for my travelogue. I did not keep a travel journal, and did the amateur thing: just photographed what I thought was cool. Please bear with me....! Anyway, here are things I thought were interesting. The Monument(s), by the way, are spread out in Central N.M. You have to drive a ways to get to each one. There are 3. It takes at least 30 minutes to fully appreciate one.... Bring food, because there aren't any snack bars in the area...!
I was very impressed with the Salinas Monument. This is a picture of the structure at the first site (closest to Albuquerque).
Excavations continue at this site. The grassy mounds look like little hills that were intended to be there by "mother nature." Not so. These mounds enclose the historic ruins that have yet to be uncovered....
"Vegetation in New Mexico"
In the foreground is part of a very large Kiva. In the background is another Kiva. The Kivas were built by Native Peoples to conduct ceremonies and hold tribal meetings. They are round, underground and built for ventilation and inside fires.
"Spanish Influences and Buildings"
This picture is that of the Church or Cathedral built in this once Native American village. All of the following structures were built by Spanish settlers and missionaries. At one time this was an important trade route, which for some reason did not last.
Part of the Church was near the corral (where animals are kept).