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Christmas at Kuaua

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  • Get into the holiday spirit with an evening of family fun! The grounds of Coronado Historic Site will be decorated with hundreds of flickering luminarias and thousands of Christmas lights. 

    Activities start at dusk.


    More info on this site:

    In 1540, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado—with 500 soldiers and 2,000 Indian allies from New Spain—entered the Rio Grande valley somewhere near this site.  Coronado was searching for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold.  Instead of treasure, he found a dozen villages inhabited by prosperous native farmers.  These newly "discovered" people spoke Tiwa, and their ancestors had already been living in this area for thousands of years.  Coronado called them: Los Indios de los Pueblos or Pueblo Indians.  He and his men visited all twelve Tiwa villages during the course of the next two years because they survived on food and other supplies that they obtained from them.  Without the assistance of the Tiwas (willing or unwilling), Coronado and his men very likely would have starved to death. 

    Kuaua was the northernmost of the twelve villages.  Its name means "evergreen" in Tiwa.  It was first settled around AD 1325 and was occupied by approximately 1,200 people when Coronado arrived.  Conflict with Coronado and later Spanish explorers led to the abandonment of this site within a century of first contact.  Today, the descendants of the people of Kuaua live in the surviving Tiwa-speaking villages of Taos, Picuris, Sandia, and Isleta. 

    When archeologists from the Museum of New Mexico excavated the ruins of Kuaua Pueblo during the 1930s, they discovered a square kiva in the south plaza of the community.  This kiva, or ceremonial chamber, contained many layers of mural paintings.  These murals represent some of the finest examples of Pre-Columbian art ever found in the United States. Painstaking efforts allowed for the recovery of the murals, and fourteen examples of the orginal art are on display in the Visitor's Center.  The painted kiva was reconstructed and one of the mural layers was also recreated.  The Visitor's Center was designed by noted architect John Gaw Meem.  It contains prehistoric and historic Puebloan and Spanish Colonial artifacts on exhibit with several hands-on components.

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  • Trey

    Looking forward to this, will meet everyone at the site.


  • Kim C.

    I'm bringing a friend and we'd like to carpool if possible! Thanks!


  • Vincent

    FYI: lots of good photo opportunities of the ruin and the mountain and the lighting, etc, but I'm told the Rangers might prohibit photography during the bonfire dancing, as last year a guy was continually stepping into the dance circle and flash photoing dancers' faces...everyone was mightily ticked at this thoughtless photographer...but as I say, plenty of good photo ops...

    2 days ago

  • Faye H.

    See you at the the carpool location

    4 days ago

  • Lynn B.

    Going to Chimayo so can't make this one but hope to get on the Jemez one this time.

    4 days ago

  • Nancie

    I will meet at the Historic Site.

    5 days ago

  • Lynn B.

    I am still unsure. It depends upon whether I go on another meetup event to Chimayo the day before. I'm still a maybe but will replay yes or no later in the week.

    6 days ago

  • Joan S.

    I will meet you at the Coronado Historic Site at the Visitors Center. I live in Algodones, which is only a couple of miles or so from there.

    6 days ago

  • Andrea

    I live in Placitas so will meet you all at the site around 4:30. How will I find you?

    6 days ago

  • Lynn B.

    Hi.. I would need a ride (will pay gas money). This is a maybe. If I get on a trip to Chimayo the day before, might be too "pooped".

    October 3

  • Deb

    I'll meet you there, I live in Rio Rancho 15min away

    October 3

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    Hi folks. I love to shoot landscapes day or night. See you out there.

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