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The Pecos people were the largest, most prolific people of the Pueblo. They were a highly advanced tribe that practiced the most ancient customs regarding their religion, agriculture, and architecture. They were responsible for the Kivas, the advanced underground structures used for ceremonial worship, and were said to be connected to the underworld because of their underground location.
The Pecos believed their place of origin was the underworld and fervently believed in ensuring that the proverbial portals stayed open.
They were also considered the “middlemen of the Rio Grande” as they acted as the go-between the Pueblo farmers and the hunters of the plains. For 12000 years, the Pecos left their mark upon the land. Through the coming of the Spanish, the Santa Fe Trail, colonial missions, and Civil War battles, there was still a presence of the Pecos.
The first introduction of the Spanish came through Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, who was in search of the “Seven Golden Cities” rumored to be in the area. In 1540, Coronado made his way to attempt to claim the golden cities. Instead, they found a Plains man being held captive at Pecos. The Plainsman told the Spanish tales of the mythical land they sought, and the Spanish followed him to the land he spoke of. It took the Spanish days to realize that the Plains man had led them astray. It would be another 50-plus years before the Spanish would return.
Today, Pecos National Park remains dedicated to the preservation of the Indigenous peoples, honoring the over 12000 years they spent on the land.
Things to Know Before You Go:
Location: New Mexico
Address: 1 NM-63, Pecos, NM 87552, United States
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