Photographer's Note

Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

This is the cemetery at the Taos Pueblo in northern New Mexico and the background, the Old San Geronimo Church. The tower in the background was part of the original church built in 1619, which was destroyed in 1680, rebuilt in 1706, and finally destroyed during the Mexican American War. It has since been a cemetery which is now filled. Taos Indians are buried according to their traditional religious practice, with the addition of a Christian cross.

Near the ruins of the old church is a pile of these crosses. We were told that when one of the crosses falls down, it is not fixed but rather removed. The concrete tombstones seen amungst the wooden crosses indicate those that were in the military.

I will post pictures of the rebuilt chapel in a few days.

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