The People of P`ǽkilâ/Pecos
In the midst of piñon, juniper, and ponderosa pine woodlands in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains 25 miles southeast of Santa Fe, enfolding the memory of those who came before, from nomadic tribes to pit house dwellers, the remains of a pueblo stand as a meaningful reminder of a culture that once prevailed in this region.
At trade fairs, Plains tribes, mostly nomadic Apaches, brought slaves, buffalo hides, flint, and shells to trade for pottery, crops, textiles, and turquoise with the river Pueblos. Pecos Indians were middlemen, traders and consumers of the goods and cultures of the very different people on either side of the mountains. They became economically powerful and practiced in the arts and customs of two worlds.
Neighboring pueblos saw the Pecos as dominant. And Spaniards would soon learn that the Pecos could be powerful allies or determined enemies.
Last updated: January 21, 2021