New Mexico has many unique pueblo villages throughout the state. I recently toured the Acoma Pueblo which is just an hour east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Some of the tribal elders call it “a place that always was”. It’s also known as “Sky City” because the village is perched atop a mesa, where you can see for miles and miles on all sides. The reservation surrounds the mesa, totaling 600-square-miles.
Acoma Pueblo has no electricity, running water, or sewage disposal. Baking ovens are construcetd outside the buildings. Their water is collected from two natural cisterns. The Acoma potters are quite talented with their intricately carved pieces. Geometric patterns, thunderbirds, and rainbows are traditional designs applied with the spike of a yucca.
There’s a set of almost vertical stairs cut into the rock face, of which, my tourmates and I bravely ventured down. My knees were jelly once I made it to the bottom. Our tour group also got to experience one of their sacred rainbows from the mesa’s edge. Incredible!
In 2008 Pueblo Acoma opened the Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum at the base of the mesa. It’s a “must see” experience when visiting New Mexico.