|Bus departs at 1:30 PM to see the holiday dances at Tesuque Pueblo.|
Almost all of the local pueblos have holiday dances, but Tesuque Pueblo is close to Santa Fe and their December 25 celebration offers various dances, including deer and buffalo dances.
Tesuque Pueblo is situated along the banks of the Tesuque River. The two- and three-story adobe room blocks surround a small plaza and Catholic church.
The traditional character of this pueblo is so well maintained that Tesuque is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Tesuque Valley has long been a favored locale for human habitation. Archeological sites in the valley date back to at least A.D. 850, and may have been settled by immigrants from Chaco Canyon.
By A.D. 1200, as many as a dozen small pueblos and hundreds of individual homes dotted the valley. When the Spanish arrived in 1541, they found the population had consolidated into six villages, including the ancestral Tesuque, located about three miles east of the present village.
Tesuque residents played an important role in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Diseases introduced by the Spanish, loss of water rights and choice farmland, and other factors eroded the pueblo over the next few centuries, and by 1910 only seventy-seven inhabitants remained in Tesuque.
Since then, the pueblo's population has grown to about four hundred, and the residents have strengthened their culture and social customs.
The tribal government owns a popular flea market close to Santa Fe and a casino. Income is being used to build a new health facility and community center, to operate the tribe's Head Start and day school programs, and for restoration of homes surrounding the village plaza.
Tesuque maintains an organic commercial farm enterprise. Most tribal residents work off the reservation in Santa Fe and elsewhere.