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“Living History”
Review of Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo
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Taos Highlights Small-Group Driving Tour
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Owner description: Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. We welcome you to visit our village when you travel to northern New Mexico.Taos Pueblo Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm and Sunday 8:30am-4:00pm.Guided Tours available daily starting at 9:00 am.Pueblo Shops open daily.Taos Pueblo is expected to be open for the winter season. Any closures would be due to unexpected events within the community and will be posted on our official website.
Little Rock, Arkansas
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“Living History”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

The Pueblo has been continuously inhabited for over 400 years, and is still in use, preserving the ways and language of the inhabitants. Our guide was a very impressive young woman, about to be a senior in high school, and she provided both historic detail, current information and was able to answer all the questions that the group posed. This is not an easy lifestyle to maintain for the community that embraces the tribe's traditional way of life. Visiting will give you great insight into the hardships faced by the Pueblo dwellers (Red Willow People) and their connection to the land and ways.

Visited August 2013
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Peoria, Arizona
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“History plus a spin on history”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

The Pueblo is charming, and photos of it are iconic. Interesting to hear history retold thru the eyes of another culture. Surprising to hear such praise of the Nixon administration, which we were told was the only administration to give the Native Americans a fair shake in the courts and legislature. Many of the pueblo apartments were converted to stores and we could walk through. Visit the shops just to see what "inside" looks like.

A separate photo pass is required to take photos inside the village.

Visited August 2013
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New Mexico
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“I bought a ticket for my camera”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

This is worth seeing. Because I can't go anywhere without my camera, I paid its way in, too.

Don't take pictures of residents without their permission. Tipping them is customary if they consent. I figure if I would pay $50 to tour some mansion where no one lives (I wouldn't), I'll pay $16 for the privilege of touring a working, living village and taking pictures of it.

My favorite part was having a long conversation with a resident who told me of local Taos beauty spots that aren't well-known.

Visited August 2013
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Washington, DC
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“Ancient Dwellings That Are Still In Use”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

After a rather difficult trip through Taos because of the traffic and construction, we were pleased to arrive at Pueblo Village, a couple miles from Taos. It is on an Indian reservation, at which they set there own rules. These include 10 MPH speed limits, which are really enforced. They also charge (in addition to a $10 per person admission fee) a $6 "permit" to use a camera. Perhaps the First Amendment doesn't apply here. The main attraction is the little church in the middle of the village, small but very ornate. You should definitely have the 30 minute tour by one of the residents. A fascinating

Visited August 2013
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Georgetown, Texas
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“An official UNESCO world-heritage site”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is a one-of-a-kind place. It is the oldest continuously inhabited human dwelling in North America. People have lived in parts of this complex for over 1000 years.

Now the Taos Pueblo people welcome visitors and provide (for $10 a person, plus $6 per camera) a very-well done tour of this fascinating place. There are something like 150 families who actually live year-round in this ancient "condominium." It once served as a kind of abobe fortress, and all entry into dwellings was through the roofs, which were accessed via ladders, for protection against invaders. Now there are normal doors for entry, but the doors on the upper-level stories are still accessed via ladders.

Though much hemmed-in by the surrounding culture and federal laws, the Taos Pueblo is a self-governing sovereign entity, and is self-sustaining, though most of the people work outside the pueblo.

A visit to this place should be an eye-opener to people who have never come here. You stand to learn something about our past and present that you may be completely new to you.

Visited August 2013
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