Pueblo of Acoma is a mesa community that may have been inhabitated even before the time of Christ. It’s a place where adobe homes are inhabited by strong people, who have managed to live without running water or electricity even during modern times. The word acoma, you come to find out, means “a place always prepared.”
Most dwellings at Acoma began with mud and a mixture of pebbles, rocks, sticks, and stumps. And it’s the simplicity of construction that draws you in to appreciate the work and craftmanship that began centuries ago. As you can imagine, repairs are ongoing, requiring constant rebuilding and refurbishing with earthy elements found on site.
Tourists are welcome but only if they respect the working village and those who call Acoma home. You can take photos, but not of the residents.
In late afternoon, the sun casts long shadows on this monochrome mesa. And etched in our memory of our tour of Acoma was the stark yet beautiful architecture of this land and its sturdy, proud people.
Travel tip: Begin your tour of Pueblo of Acoma at Sky City Cultural Center located near Santa Fe, New Mexico.