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San Ildefonso Pueblo

The pueblo history dates back to 1300 A.D. when the people from Bandelier moved down to the current location next to the Rio Grande. Before this they had come from Mesa Verde in Southern Colorado.

In the 17th century, the Spanish conquistadors came into The Territory of what is now New Mexico and started to settle New Spain. During this time they forced their religion and social beliefs on the citizens of the region which included the people of San Ildefonso Pueblo.

The people lead dual social lives, conceding to practice the Spanish beliefs and also maintaining their own culture and religion. In 1680 there was a revolt of Pueblo Indians and the Spanish. Things settled down but about 1700 A. D. most of the people of the

San Ildefonso Pueblo

left and allegedly moved to Hopi country. The Spanish resettled the pueblo with Indians from around the area.

Today the people continue to practice their ancient customs.

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Santa Fe, NM 87506


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