I do not know as much as I would like about the Zuni culture, but I do know many Zuni people. The one thing that always comes to mind when I think of the people of Zuni is their friendly, peaceful, and very welcoming personality. It has always been a gorgeous place to take company and enjoy the wonderful Zuni tamales, and Zuni has such a rich history that it becomes very easy to want to know as much as possible about this historic pueblo. Of course I could not take pictures of all the beautiful things to be photographed in the Pueblo of Zuni, New Mexico but hope you enjoy the pictures while taking a break from reading the story.
On a trip into this small New Mexico Pueblo Village sitting majestically in a valley surrounded by stunning red rock mesas one will never forget its beauty. This story was told to me by a Zuni about the great valley flood. When the early Spanish Conquistadors came to this new land they were on a search for gold. To the east of the Zuni Village is the El Morro National Park, which served as a water source for many of these early explorers and bears their names on the rock wall by this water source. It did not take them long to find the small Zuni Village to the east, and they left a lasting impression on this village. The actual number of Zuni residents that lost their lives at the hands of these explorers is not known, but it is said one conflict left more than half the Pueblo population dead. These early Pueblo Ruins can be visited with permission and a guide, which is located just outside the present day village.
Flood of the Pueblo of Zuni, New Mexico
The flood story is one that has been passed down from generation to generation and is very much part of the Zuni history today. You can find the story told through different art mediums, such as pottery, jewelry, and fetishes. It is said that the Zuni people took to the sacred mountain that overlooked the town when they knew that the Spanish would be returning. On the arrival of the Spanish the great valley flooded with water drowning all of the explorers and missionaries, and today you can see on the great rock walls the levels that the water reached. The Spanish did not return to the village for several hundred years after the flooding.
You will notice I took pictures of the sacred mountain that the people of the Pueblo of Zuni, New Mexico took refuge on during this great flood. The other pictures are of different things I find to be fascinating about the Zuni Pueblo. They include the famous bread ovens. If you ever do get a chance to visit, make sure you buy some famous Zuni bread. You will not be disappointed. Pictures of the old Zuni Mission presently closed to the public, but shows the Catholic presence of the early Spanish Explorers.
Did my best to take a picture of the new High School, a beautiful building that will do its best to encourage education and teach of the beautiful Zuni culture. Large rocks that are hand sculpted to make many of the buildings in the Pueblo of Zuni, New Mexico. A baseball field that sees it share of action, and like on the Navajo Reservation is a place where many in the community meet and tell stories, and cheer for their love of sports.