For countless generations people lived here raising families and surviving on the land. The land provided for their needs and the people were thankful. A time came when circumstances (drought, depletion of resources, and other factors unknown) forced the people to move on. With them they took traditions and beliefs built in a time when people lived in balance with the spirit of the land, giving back for all that was taken. Today the Pueblo people continue those traditions and beliefs. In a time when children eat sugared cereal, play video games, and watch endless hours of television the Pueblo elders strive to keep the old ways relevant to a new generation. Traditional pottery making, feast day dances, and singing are time-honored activities that can often be witnessed at San Ildefonso and other nearby pueblos. Today being a Pueblo resident often means finding a balance, keeping one foot in today’s world and one foot in the world of Pueblo tradition.
Tsankawi Trail Stop 20
Last updated: February 24, 2015