New Mexico Rocks – Acoma

These rocks are part of Acoma Mesa in New Mexico. I have featured Acoma images before; I shot these on a visit to New Mexico several years ago. (Click image for full view.)

The Acoma Puebla is the oldest continually occupied settlement in North America. Quoting from the Acoma Nation history:

There is a great difference of opinion as to the age of the Acoma Nation. While traditional Acoma oral history reflects on a time far beyond our imagination, a time of creation and emergence onto this world, the Acoma people have always known of a special place called “Haaku,” a spiritual homeland prepared for their eternal settlement. Recent excavations on Acoma Mesa tend to suggest that Acoma was inhabited before the time of Christ. Archaeologists agree that it has been continuously occupied from at least A.D 1200. Acomas claim always to have lived on their mesa, hospitably receiving wandering tribes to share their valley which, at one time, had plenty of water and was excellent for farming.

The central home of the Acoma peoples is the Acoma mesa, an isolated mesa overlooking the Acoma valley (and today over 700 square miles of Acoma land). Acome is a native word meaning “a place always prepared.” Over centuries, the Acom a mesa was. a naturally fortified place, with no obvious way up. Thus the mesa withstood numerous attempted incursions, most notably by the Spaniards as they sought to conquer the southwest of what is now America, extending their empire north. The Spaniard conquistadors never discovered the hidden paths through the rocks, and thus the Acoma mesa remained free. The rocks in the image exemplify the boulders that protected the hidden paths.

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