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TAOS PUEBLO

TAOS PUEBLO
Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
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BACKGROUND

Situated in the sun-baked valley of a Rio Grande tributary and continuously inhabited for 1,000 years, the community and architecture of Taos Pueblo exemplify the enduring spirit of the Pueblo people. This remarkable adobe ensemble has retained its traditional forms and consists of ceremonial structures and individual homes, built side-by-side and in layers through the use of common walls. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Since the 2010 Watch announcement, WMF has been collaborating with the Taos Tribal Council to develop a model restoration project at the pueblo as well as document the site. The restoration project integrates restoration and training at a cluster of six interconnected historic dwellings. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The members, elders and Tribal Council of the Pueblo are focused on teaching traditional methods and the use of traditional materials to the community that can be applied throughout the pueblo. Once the current project is completed, the structure will be maintained regularly, and the skills learned will be applied to other buildings at the pueblo. (...)

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Cause for Celebration

Taos Pueblo commemorates the 40th anniversary of the return of Blue Lake and its surrounding land to the pueblo community and the start of a model restoration project. Learn more.

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IN THE MEDIA
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World Monuments FundConservation and Training at Taos Pueblo
April, 2013

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the multi-story adobe buildings of Taos Pueblo have been continuously inhabited for nearly a thousand years. Frank Sanchis illustrates the WMF collaboration with the Taos community that followed the pueblo’s inclusion on the 2010 Watch, a project that has included the training of local constituents in traditional methods and materials.

World Monuments FundWorld Monuments Fund and UNESCO World Heritage Sites
April, 2012

Over the course of World Monuments Fund’s forty-seven-year history, many of our projects have been at UNESCO World Heritage sites. Our engagement has ranged from catalytic support, helping local groups prepare site for World Heritage inscription, to conservation work at sites already on the list. World Heritage cultural sites reflect the achievements of communities over time and this vast array of special places recognizes that our planets is filled with extraordinary sites that range from the humble and obscure to the grand and famous.