These people speak their own language, Keresan, and still follow many ancient traditions, including gathering in the sky city several times a year for ceremonial events. There is no electricity or running water in the village but about 45 people still live hear year round. Some of them sell their traditional pots decorated with intricate black and brown designs.
We took a tour this afternoon; this is the only way to visit the pueblo. Here are few photographic highlights.
Looking across the valley to the mesa with the buildings of Acoma on the top. You have to look closely, but they're there.
We went up to the top by bus and walked around the entire village. The houses are made of rock, plastered with mud and straw, some more recent ones are adobe and some even have a cement finish. But all are the colour of the earth, so everything is very natural and organic looking.
From everywhere in Acoma you are aware of height. It doesn't feel anything like being in a town at ground level. It really feels like you're up in the sky.
This is a round brick oven made of sandstone and lava rock, still used today to bake bread. See the raven flying at around the same level?
The white ladder marks a kiva, a special building used by the men for their ceremonies. The ladders always point toward the north.
At different points on our tour we were introduced to people selling their lovely pottery. This young girl with a little puppy allowed me to take her photograph (for $1). I don't think the puppy is more than about four weeks old. There were a number of dogs in the village, just walking around doing dog things.
Acoma feels so remote and isolated. It's easy to sense that people have been living there for centuries. And if you look closely, you can see that people still live there. There's the front of a car poking out behind this building.
... and a burning barrel and some boards above.
This dog with pale blue eyes was so friendly. She tagged along with us for quite a while.
The whole place had a magical feeling. If you ever get a chance to visit, do so.
Tonight we are staying in the Sky City RV park, about 16 miles from Acoma Pueblo. It's attached to the Sky City Casino, where we went for a very reasonable and tasty dinner. The pueblo appears to be fairly prosperous from the tours and the casino. The villages we drove through were liveable and pleasant, unlike some other areas we've seen.
Sorry for posting so many photos here. I just couldn't decide which ones to omit.