Adventures in Anthropology hosted a special group tour of Acoma’s “Sky City” on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The group will meet at the Acoma Sky City Cultural Center at 10:00 AM for a group tour, beginning promptly at 10:30 AM for a 1.5 hour guided tour.
Following the tour, the group will meet for lunch together at the Y’aak’a Café for a true taste of Acoma (lunch cost on your own). The group is welcome to tour the Haak’u Museum, open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, at its leisure. A special exhibit on coiled pottery will be on display. *Note: The registration fee includes a $26.00 tax deductible contribution to Adventures in Anthropology.
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. Be prepared to look and shop! Most artists are prepared only to take cash.
Please make reservations by October 12, 2018. The cost is $45.00, which includes the tour and a camera pass. Note that no video filming is allowed. Please wear comfortable walking shoes for uneven terrain. Bring sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen.
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. To request to join a carpool, call 505-998-6248.
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.