I have a few more photos to share with you of this lovely area in the next couple of weeks. (It won’t be long before we depart on our Alaska trip and my blog takes a little siesta.) After this series is over, I plan to feature photos of other New Mexico historical landmarks and landscapes throughout the summer.
As I have revealed before, the tourists come and go, but routine life continues throughout the Taos Pueblo and about 150 people call this place home. One of the unusual things in this day and age is that there is a strict prohibition of electricity and running water within the pueblo border. Wood stoves have been introduced into some of the homes for cooking, but many residents continue to cook right in their fireplaces. As this perspective of the North House shows, there are also some craftsmen shops where visitors may purchase hand-made treasures such as clay pots, jewelry, and paintings. It was great fun looking in these shops. And yes, I did purchase a keepsake. That will be featured in a later post.
The adobe charm is unique to this area of the country. And with old structures like this, there is no such thing as a straight line! The roofs are supported by large timbers call vigas. Smaller wood pieces, called latillas, are placed across the vigas. The roofs are them compacted with earth.