It was with mixed feelings that we drove up to Taos Pueblo. I thought it might be another Tourist Trap and the "welcoming" you get is not overwhelming but having experienced several different attractions around the States with the Native Americans (4 Corners, Monument Valley, Cortez etc ) you get to realise they are not being rude but are just a bit stand offish when it comes to strangers. And lets not forget we are viewing their homes and people so of course they are on the defensive. Different cultures ! My wife didn't like the Camera Tax but obviously they are making every post a winner. We did the self walk tour which left her able to walk into every shop they had !! The store keepers & Artists were laid back and no hard sell and the little mementoes we picked up were pretty good value and I'm glad we got them. We chatted with most of the operators and they had some interesting stories to tell, even ended up talking Basketball and the influx of Aussie players in the NBL with one owner !! The buildings are amazing for their age and to think that some are still occupied as they were 1000 years ago !! It puts my dwelling to shame but a visit is well worth the effort and the income is needed by many of the occupants !! Stop and talk to the occupants and you may be surprised how much you both have in common , Enjoy !
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