News-Antique.com - Apr 22,2010 - Acoma Pueblo sits a top a sandstone mesa 6,460 feet above sea level. To visit the city 65 miles west of Albuquerque is to voyage back in time.
Quiet. Ancient. Eerie.
Acoma Pueblo is the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States, since about 1150 A.D. Not much has changed over the centuries.
The 250 or so earthen dwellings on the mesa are home to about 50 year-round tribal members. Most of the tribe lives in housing below the mesa. They come in the summer, often for ceremonies. There is no electricity, water or sewer.
They do have 360 degree views, a sense of place and a connection to the earth that defies explanation.
The tribe’s connection to their ancestral homeland is palpable like that of a mother to her infant. There’s deep reverence here for the land.
For 1,800 years the people atop the mesa have made pottery. The clay the tribe used over the centuries was gathered from sacred tribal land. They sifted and cleaned it the same way for centuries.
On Dec. 14, Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, featured a selection of Acoma pots in its Native American Art auction.
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