USA: Taos Pueblo
Taos Pueblo, an Indian settlement in northern New Mexico, consists of ceremonial buildings and facilities, and multi-storey adobe dwellings built in terraced tiers. It was established as one of a series of settlements in the valleys of the Rio Grande in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. The pueblos are considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States, with about 4,500 people living in this area at the moment. The Pueblo also holds the status of a limited-sovereign nation within the boundaries of the United States of America.
Taos Pueblo is a remarkable example of a traditional type of architectural ensemble from the pre-Hispanic period of the Americas unique to this New Mexican region. Traditional building customs, techniques and materials have resulted in harmonious construction throughout the walled precinct.
The Taos community is one of the most private, secretive, and conservative pueblos. Natives will almost never speak of their religious customs to outsiders, and because their language has never been written down, much of the culture remains unknown to the rest of the world.