|Attend a brief class about Santo Domingo Pueblo and the Corn Dance.|
Board bus at 9:15 AM for trip to the Corn Dance at Santo Domingo Pueblo. One of the most populous yet least open of all NM pueblos, Santo Domingo is home to many talented artists who rely on contact with outside markets for their livelihood and are happy to see visitors. Those who venture to the pueblo will discover an especially lovely Catholic church and a handful of fine arts and crafts shops.
The pueblo is a Keres-speaking pueblo established in the 15th century by immigrants from villages atop the nearby Pajarito Plateau. After the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, residents fled to a nearby mesa-top stronghold for safety. In 1692, Don Diego de Vargas stormed their mountain refuge and burned it as well as the pueblo. Around 1793, refugees from the pueblos of the Galisteo River drainage, ravaged by nomadic raiders and disease, moved into Santo Domingo. The pueblo's current village was apparently occupied about 1886. Today, the tribe has a population of more than 4,500 people, two-thirds of whom live on the reservation. The pueblo is best known for its beadmakers, jewelers, and for its pottery. The Santo Domingo church also makes a memorable impression.