Taos Pueblo Local Customs

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    Pueblo homes

    by toonsarah Written Dec 18, 2011

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    As well as the multi-storey homes of the two main houses, there are several streets of smaller individual ones. These are also built from adobe, in the traditional style. Many still have mica windows instead of glass, as you can see in photos one and three. In the first and second photos you can also clearly see the viga beams that support the roof jutting out through the adobe wall.

    Although all these houses are owned and cared for by a Pueblo family, only a few are inhabited full-time, with most being used more as holiday homes for festivals and special family occasions. The small number who do live here permanently live as their ancestors would have done, without electricity or plumbing. Those that live elsewhere will have “all mod cons” in those properties. The rationale for not doing so here is to preserve a traditional way of life in this sacred spot, not through a more general aversion to modernisation such as that practiced, for instance, by religious groups such as the Amish.

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    Traditional ovens

    by toonsarah Written Dec 18, 2011

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    If you have previously visited Acoma you will recognise these ovens shaped like beehives which you see outside most homes here too. Known as horno, these were introduced by the Spanish, who in turn had adopted them from the Moors – so if they look like something you have seen in North Africa it is not surprising. They are used for cooking the traditional bread. A fire is built in the oven and left until the walls are red hot. The fire is then raked out, rounds of dough stuck to the oven walls, and the small hole at the front is sealed with mud until the bread is cooked. The result is a light fluffy bread, not dissimilar to pizza dough :-)

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    Photographing the locals

    by Katmosphere Written Sep 5, 2006

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    You have to ask first before taking photo's of the inhabitants of the Pueblo. This wonderful lady was selling delicious fry bread.

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