Sunday, February 9, 2014

Nations, Tribes, Bands and Pueblos

New Mexico is rich in Native American Indian history and culture.  Approximately 1,500 years ago Ancestral Indians, living as hunter-gatherers throughout the Southwest, joined together to establish permanent settlements, commonly known as pueblos. Other groups, such as the ancestors of the Navajo and Apache, continued their nomadic lifestyles. For some New Mexico tribes, this way of life has continued into the 21st century.

The National Forestry Service currently manages the Quarai Ruins were a Tiguex Pueblo band of American Indians that originated in present-day New Mexico. These are just one of several protected ruins throughout New Mexico.

The Quarai ruins were once home to 300 to 400 Tiwa pueblo-dwellers and feature a massive sandstone church. More than 300 years ago, a Tiwa pueblo near the modern-day village of Manzano   

This is an amazing place; beautiful, mystical, and very interesting and only on our docket because of our amazing tour guides, John and Kris.  ¡Salud!

1 comment:

  1. This looks like such an intriguing land with so many hues and climes...if only its history were taught in school.....