It was an utter pleasure and privilege to visit Taos Pueblo on my trip to New Mexico. Taos Pueblo is the oldest continuously inhabited native pueblo in the United States, and it dates back about 1000 years. Natives of the "Red Willow People" still live there, but mostly come for religious rituals.
Of course the Spanish brought their religion when they came to this area. St. Geronimo Church was built around 1619. There were clashes between the Spanish and the native population, and despite this about 3/4 of the population shares in Catholic practices.
The white cross of the church makes a bold statement against the blue sky.
The adobe buildings are built of earth, straw and water, mixed and poured into forms.
At one time entry to homes was by ladder only, through openings in the roof. This allowed light in but also served to keep out intrudors.
The exteriors are plastered annually to keep them in good shape.
Doors are painted striking blue colours, that mirror the colour of the sky, and complement beautifully with the earth colour of the buildings.
This door, however, was painted white, and patterned with hand prints.
Dogs are numerous and seem to be happy and well-fed, although their aloofness to strangers suggests they may not be pets.
The site of the old graveyard is located next to the village, but the newer graveyard is off-site.
Chile peppers drying in the sun are a common sight all over New Mexico.