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Acoma Pueblo General: 3 reviews and 9 photos

  Cistern and lone tree
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Favorite thing: The pueblo is built on a rocky mesa with almost no soil, so almost nothing of any size grows here, apart from a single tree which can be seen in my first photo. It is thought that this survives because of its proximity to the deep pool of water or cistern. In the past the inhabitants of Acoma relied on these cisterns for all their water supplies. They would collect rainwater during the wet summer months and this was carefully conserved and used in dry periods. To keep the water pure it was forbidden to wash or play in the cisterns.

These days however water is brought up to the pueblo in tankers. But the houses don’t have any running water. The Acoma people prefer to keep things as they always have been here in the pueblo (we found the same was true too of Taos Pueblo). There are no toilets in the houses either – instead you will see communal Portaloos around the edges of the village which are used by everyone and which are regularly emptied by a commercial firm (see photo three, taken by Chris). Our guide explained that in the past they had drop toilets, and also told us that there are plans to introduce new ones with a compostable system – but not to install them in the houses.

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  • Updated Nov 12, 2011
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