The tradition of secrecy forbids the disclosure of many of the rituals and ceremonies of the Indian heritage to outsiders, but visitors may still enjoy the charm and hospitality of the pueblo and marvel at the superb architecture and the fine crafts of this fascinating world.
Because excavations in the precincts of the Taos Pueblo are forbidden, little is known of the Taos ancestors, but it is thought that they could have been either of the extinct tribes, Chaco or Anasazi. They speak the Tiwa language, as well as English. Like other pueblo people, the Taos farmed the land nearby, but their chief interest lay in the raising of horses and cattle, and in hunting. In the Sangre de Cristo mountains and the plains beyond, game was plentiful, including buffalo, elk, deer, bear, and many birds. With an abundance of animal hides, the Taos people became skilled artisans in the working of leather, fashioning of boots, moccasins and various garments, as well as drums, from this versatile material.
Various festivals are held throughout the year, in June,July, September, October and November. Pole climbing is one of the skills of the Taos and is featured in some of the feasts, as well as races, a trade fair, and War Dances.
Area: 95,343 acres