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P

UEBLOS

C

HANGE

TO

T

RADITIONAL

N

AMES

Trading Post Times

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Long before the Spanish arrived into Pueblo country and renamed each Pueblo in their own Spanish

likeness, the Pueblo people lived side-by-side for many generations in villages of their own naming.

The Spanish tended to clump the Pueblo people into a single group, not recognizing the distinct cul-

tural and language differences from Pueblo to Pueblo. Fact is, the Pueblo people belong to five differ-

ent language groups.

In recent years, the Pueblos along the Rio Grande have returned to their roots by quietly abandoning

their “new” names in favor of the traditional names. This gradual change also is showing up in the

beautiful artwork created in the Pueblos, as artists prefer to use the traditional name in their signature

work.

New highway signs reflecting the traditional names can be a bit confusing to people looking for the

familiar Pueblo names.

To help keep everyone up to date, we’ve prepared a guide to help you track things as the people go

back to their roots.

Pueblo Name

Traditional Name

Language Group

Acoma

Haaku

Keres

Cochiti

Ko-Kyit

Keres

Hopi

Hopi

Uto-Aztecan

Isleta

Tue-I

Tiwa

Jemez

Walatoa

Towa

Laguna

Ka’waika

Keres

Nambe

Nambe

Tewa

Picuris

Picuris

Tiwa

Pojoaque

Po-Suwae-Geh

Tewa

San Felipe

Katishtya

Keres

San Ildefonso

Po-who-ge-oweenge

Tewa

San Juan

Ohkay Owingeh

Tewa

Sandia

Na-Fiat

Tiwa

Santa Ana

Tamaya

Keres

Santa Clara

Kah’p’oo Owinge

Tewa

Santo Domingo

Kewa

Keres

Taos

Tuah-Tah

Tiwa

Zia

Zia

Keres

Zuni

She-we-na

Zuni

Which Pueblo Is This?

Haaku

Walatoa (circa 1915.)

Po-who-ge-oweenge

Kewa

Tuah-Tah