|At 8:30 AM, our bus leaves for a field trip to Old Laguna Pueblo for the feast day dances, arriving at approximately 10:30 AM. The Laguna dances feature harvest and other dances.|
Laguna has one of the largest land reserves of all the pueblos, and is the youngest, having been founded in 1699. Most visitors see only a fraction of its terrain, but may notice the ancient-looking adobe village of Old Laguna capped by the white San Jose Mission. The main village, Old Laguna, and the smaller villages of Paraje, Paguate, Mesita, Encinal and Seama are home to a number of artists and craftspeople.
Oral history and archeology reveal that the area in and around Laguna was occupied off and on for thousands of years by various Indian peoples. In the 1880s, the Santa Fe Railway extended its tracks across the reservation, thus bringing changes to the previously isolated reservation. In 1926, U.S. Route 66 reached the Rio San Jose Valley, and introducing a new generation of tourists to Pueblo culture.
After the dances at Laguna, we'll go to Acoma Pueblo, just a short distance from Laguna.