Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Turtle Dances at Taos Pueblo

Guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn come from around the world to learn about the area's Native American culture and history.  A terrific opportunity to experience this heritage first-hand presents itself on New Year's Day with the Turtle Dances at the nearby Taos Pueblo.  This pueblo, designated as both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark, has been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.

The Taos Pueblo, famous for its drums and micaceous pottery, is fiercely independent in spirit.  Residents continue to speak the unwritten Tiwa language, and are committed to integrating the traditional way of life with the realities of existing in the modern world.  A day trip to this fascinating pueblo is a high on the list of things to do while in Santa Fe, and to be there during a ceremonial dance is an added treat.

The dances are scheduled to begin on January 1, 2012 around 8am, though this is only an approximate time.  Please note that no cameras or cell phones are allowed during this blessing ritual, which carries deep cultural significance to the community of the Taos Pueblo.  Please behave with utmost respect and consideration, much as you would in a church.

Taos Pueblo
120 Veterans Highway
Taos, NM
575.758.1028

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