Nestled cozily in the soft red-brown foothills in the Sangre de Cristo
Mountains 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Santa Fe, Tesuque Pueblo
has an air of centuries old tranquility. Situated around a large
central plaza, the Pueblo has stood on this site since 1200 AD.
The Tesuque people have remained committed
to their beliefs and are today one of the most traditional of all the
New Mexico Pueblos in observing their ceremonies and preserving their
culture. The Annual Feast Day of San Diego on November 12, the
Christmas Day Celebration, the King's Day festivities in January and
the Corn Dance on the first weekend in June are open to the public.
Photography is not allowed, just as it is not allowed in church, but
seeing one of the dances is an unforgettable experience.
Today over 400 people live at the Pueblo.
They speak their native Tewa language as well as English and in many
cases, Spanish. The reservation encompasses more than 17,000 acres
including Aspen Ranch and the Vigil Grant, two wooded areas in the
Santa Fe National Forest.
Camel Rock, a naturally eroded sandstone
formation, stands guard as it has for centuries. The Pueblo owns and
operates the Camel Rock Casino, Camel Rock Suites, Tesuque Pueblo Flea
Market, the Tesuque Trailer Park. and the Tesuque Natural Farms.
There are many fine artists at Tesuque
creating pottery, painting and sculpture. You will also see silver
work and traditional clothing created in the Pueblo.