A general name for Indians who lived in permanent stone or adobe houses
grouped in villages in southern Colorado, central Utah, New Mexico, and
Arizona. The term was first used by the early Spaniards,
being their term for "town" or "village." It is much the same as
calling other Indians "Teepee Indians," or "Wigwam Indians," or the more
general terms "Plains Indians" and "Woodland Indians."
Pueblo is not a tribal name or even a language
group name. Pueblo Indians actually belong to several distinct language
families and to many tribes. But as Pueblo Indians they have become
famous because of their peculiar customs and ceremonies, for instance,
such a custom as men instead of women working in the fields, as is common
to the Acoma Indians, and such ceremonies, as the Snake Dance of the Hopis.
Artists and writers have shown great interest
in the Pueblo Indians in recent years. Architects, also have studied
their structures and sought to base a style of architecture on them.
Scientists have excavated the stone ruins of the Southwest - structures
which are believed to have been built by the early Pueblo Indians.
Historians are interested because descendants of these people are still
living today in one of the two sections of the United States first colonized
The term "Pueblo Indians" is often applied
to the Pima and Papago, as well as to the true Pueblo tribes.
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