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Acoma Pueblo Local Customs: 11 reviews and 14 photos

  Typical houses
by toonsarah

To those of us used to ?all mod cons? it may at first seem strange to us that the Acoma choose not to fully modernise their houses here in the pueblo. They could easily do so. Those elsewhere in the reservation, on the plain below, have all the facilities we might expect. There is a school, a fire station, offices for the tribal government, a hotel and casino for visitors. But here there are only the bare necessities. There is no running water and no electricity. Coolers not fridges keep food fresh, although a few houses do have a generator. Water is hauled up the steep road, and Portaloos for communal use are clustered at the village?s outskirts.

Admittedly many Acoma choose not to live here year round, but some do ? and all believe that this resistance to modern development is essential to preserve their traditions and to remind them to value what is important in life: family, tribe and the continual thread of their culture and beliefs that anchors each generation to the ones that came before and those to follow.

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  • Written Nov 12, 2011
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