Adventures in Anthropology hosted a special group tour of Acoma’s “Sky City” on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
Said to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in North America, the Acoma Pueblo was settled in 1150 A.D. on top of a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff, a natural defense location, with views overlooking the valley studded with sacred monoliths. The community dwellings consist of adobe homes built by hand from supplies found on top or carried up the treacherous path from below. The residents still live there without electricity or running water.
A Catholic Mission church is in the center, built in 1629. The unique history of the community and its relationship with the Spanish colonials, both violent and accepting, is fascinating. The Acoma culture has persevered in its traditions for 900 years. Known for their art, especially their pottery, residents sell their crafts from on top of the mesa.
Acoma Sky City is located about 1.5 hours’ drive west of Albuquerque. Head west on I-40 from Albuquerque. Exit at Exit 102; continue to the roundabout and cross over I-40 following the signs to Acomita/Rest Area. At the last roundabout exit at the second right and head to the bottom of the small hill with a Stop sign, turn right and follow the signage to Sky City Cultural Center/Haak’u Museum. You will travel through the small village of Acomita for approximately 5 miles then turn left and follow the signs to Sky City Cultural Center/Haak’u Museum approximate drive is 15 miles from I-40.
Adventures in Anthropology, Inc. is a 501 (c ) (3) organization that focuses on the diverse people of the Southwest, their past history, and present interaction through the context of their culture, history, and community. Through programs, its supporters, community outreach, and other activities, Adventures in Anthropology, Inc. strives to benefit the public and especially school-aged children’s programs that encourage opportunities for them to learn the rich history of the people of the Southwest.