|The "new" San Geronimo Church, built in 1850|
We have been to the Pueblo many times but one Saturday in late October we decided to take one of the tours offered every 20 minutes during open hours. Our guide, Pat Romero, who also hosts a Monday night show on local favorite KTAO radio (Contemporary, traditional and pow-wow Native American music by Native American artists), shared his experiences growing up on the Pueblo.
Taos Pueblo is thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States...over 1000 years. The native language, Tiwa, is still spoken today however it is "unwritten, unrecorded and will remain so"*. This is a result of the history of oppressions the people have endured.
|Remains of the original San Geronimo Church and the cemetery|
|another view of the old cemetery|
|photo, courtesy Taos Pueblo Website, Brett Schneider|
November 29, 2013
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