Above: The Taos Pueblo, with the mountains behind it, in Taos, New Mexico

Eight of the 19 pueblos inNew Mexicoare located between Santa Fe and Taos. Some are closed to outsiders, and those that are open to visitors have strict sets of rules. The three pueblos we visited had a similar design of low-roofed adobe homes, arrayed around a central plaza and an adjacentkiva(circular ceremonial structure). Tribal identity and the flavor of ancient times have not been lost. The Pueblo Indians can be a little distant, but they are clearly proud of their artistic traditions and way of life.

Join Andrew Harper today to continue reading our exclusive content.