Hawikku, Kechiba:wa, Kwa’kin’a, Halona:wa, Mats’a:kya, Kyaki:ma, Village of the Great Kivas, Hanlibinkya, Yellow House Ruins, Heshotultha, Atsinna, Heshota Yalta and more…
These sites – and perhaps hundreds more like them over the past thousand years or so – were once thriving, populous pueblos spread over a large area of what is now northwest New Mexico. Today they lie in ruins, their walls tumbled down, their plazas and courtyards deserted, their fields once green with corn, beans, and squash are now covered with wind-blown sand, bushes and weeds.
Our ancestors, however, who once lived and thrived in these settlements are still among the ruins as spirits – and among us to bring blessings, rain, prosperity, long life, harmony, and peace when we have our religious ceremonies.
The Pueblo of Zuni considers archaeological sites to be an important part of the cultural heritage of the Zuni people, and it has passed a tribal antiquities ordinance to protect them. This tribal law makes it a criminal offense punishable by fines and imprisonment to knowingly excavate, remove, destroy, or desecrate artifacts, archaeological sites, and places of sacred importance on the reservation.
Collecting pottery shards, whole pots, and other artifacts is cultural vandalism for it rips these items from their meaningful context. Do not pot-hunt on the Zuni Indian reservation because it is illegal and culturally destructive.
Please do your part to help us preserve our cultural heritage.
Put a quote here in the Zuni language. Something simple, like Welcome to Zuni Pueblo or a saying of some sort.
This was the perfect way to start our visit to Zuni. The staff was very helpful in showing us things to do and see. There is s great handicapped accessible toilet. There are interpretive displays and tons of resources for visitors.
Traverse the scrub pines and tumbleweeds over the mesas of Northwest New Mexico– here you find Zuni, a unique and special place: Upon first glance a mixed series of red clay, smallish adobe buildings. Upon closer inspection: A nation of proud, gifted, creative men, women and children.
Want a tour of the Zuni outback & the oldest pueblo people who still occupy their current ancestral lands for thousands of years? Check with the Visitor Center and book a tour with Kenny. Call ahead early & make an appointment.
Kenny has a wealth of knowledge about Zuni history, customs and beliefs. This knowledge is evident in his explanations of what you see. Spending five hours with him as we did the these two tours gave us a much greater appreciation of the Zuni experience and the Puebloan culture of the southwest.
The staff at the Zuni Visitor Center were very helpful. We were able to arrange for a tour of the pueblo with Otto as our guide. The Center had some interesting small cultural exhiblts.