The Pueblo, believed to have been established in the 12th century or even earlier, was chosen in part because of its defensive position against raiders. It is regarded as the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States. Access to the pueblo is difficult as the faces of the mesa are sheer. Before modern times access was gained only by means of a hand-cut staircase carved into the sandstone. There are several interpretations of origin of the name "Acoma". Some believe that the name Acoma comes from the Keresan words for the People of the White Rock, with aa'ku meaning white rock, and meh meaning people. Others believe that the word aa'ku actually comes from the word haaku meaning to prepare; a description that would accurately reflect the defensive position of the mesa's inhabitants. Today, fewer than 50 tribal members live year-round in the earthen homes of Sky City. Those living in the community tend to the massive San Estévan del Rey Mission, completed in 1640. Both the mission and pueblo have been designated as a Registered National Historical Landmarks. Nearly 3,000 additional tribal members live in the nearby villages of Acomita, McCarty’s and Anzac. Native Acoma guides conduct tours of Sky City. The beautiful Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum offer more insight on Acoma's living history and culture. The Haak’u Museum exhibits some of the most stunning Pueblo pottery and Southwest Indian art created by renowned Native American artists. Permanent exhibits in the main hall take visitors on a historical journey of Acoma Pueblo, while special exhibits display Indian artifacts and historical Native American pottery.
Either the pinpoint is wrong or I somehow missed what I was supposed to see… But this is just a neighborhood there is no monument to see year anything I don't know what to tell you I'm not sure what this was supposed to be
Nice drive out to it. Some employees were nice some not so much. But it cost 23.00 adults 15.00 for kids side cost to go to Museum. All in all was very pretty but will not go again.
Check time before you come. We arrived after 5 pm and the visitors center was closed. We took a couple pictures from a distance but was disappointed that we couldn't go up and visit.
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