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The History of Taos

The Taos valley can trace inhabitants back about 9000 years. From the ancestral Pueblo Indians (known as the Anasazi) to the residents of the still inhabited Taos Pueblo, to the conquistadors traveling north from Mexico, to the artists of the past century. Taos has been a place of sharing goods and knowledge. Some 6000 years ago, nomadic hunter-gatherers passed through the Taos area, leaving behind arrowheads, potsherds, and pictographs. Taos is a place where history is honored and continues to be made every day. The ancestors of today's Taos Pueblo Indians established cultures in Chaco Canyon, Salmon Ruins, and Canyon de Chelly. There are many examples of American Indian inhabitation as you travel throughout the Taos area.

When we think of Taos as an art colony, we should also think of the original artists who established Taos as a trading center long before Europeans set foot in the valley. The history of the Taos Valley can be interpreted through artifacts left by the many diverse cultures that have called it home. In some areas, you can still find pot shards and arrowheads left behind by the ancestors of today's residents of Taos and Picuris Pueblos.

The town of Taos itself is more than 400 years old, reaching back to the Spanish exploration and settlement of New Mexico. Taos is considered by many to be the ending point of El Camino Real (The Royal Road). More recently, the many ethnic groups that have populated the rest of the United States have also gained a foothold in North Central New Mexico, adding to the rich cultural heritage represented in the Taos museums.

Over the years, the variety of films shot in Taos reflects the range of terrain in the region. Taos has been synonymous with art and artists for more than 100 years. Even before the many 20th century artists flocked to Taos in search of light, landscape, and inspiration, Taos was famous as a trading center. Hispanic folk art, Native American pottery, and other crafts were some of the main commodities. Today, with more than 80 galleries and seven museums, Taos is still a haven for artists looking to establish themselves and a home to many of the world's most famous artists as well.

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