The Pueblo of Zuni is the largest of all
the pueblos in New Mexico and was the first stop in the infamous
search for the "Seven Cities of Cibola" by the Spanish in 1539. The
following year, Coronado and his men had to fight to gain entrance
into the pueblo which resulted in the death of 20 Zuni people.
Although there is no gold to be found, there is an abundance of
turquoise and silver jewelry.
The Zuni people are famous for their
"needlepoint" and "inlay" jewelry which can be found in shops locally
and throughout the southwest. A must-see for visitors to the pueblo is
the Our Lady of Guadaloupe Mission. Built in 1629, the mission has
undergone several reconstruction phases. Today you will find 24 murals
of kachinas painted on the interior walls of the church. The A:shiwi
A:wan Museum and Heritage Center may be another stop for those
individuals interested in learning more about the Zuni culture and
In the 1940s, pottery was a dying art among the Zunis.
It was revived by Hopi potter Daisy Hooee, daughter of Annie Healing
Nampeyo, and granddaughter of the famous Hopi potter, Nampeyo. In the
'20s, Daisy received a scholarship from a benefactor and studied
ceramics in Paris for two years. She returned to the States and
eventually married a Zuni, Sidney Hooee, and lived with her husband in
the Zuni Pueblo.