Taos Pueblo to conduct Deer Dance for Christmas

This image was taken last year when the Matachines Dances were conducted at Taos Pueblo and cameras were allowed. This year, all cameras and recording devices are prohibited.

This Christmas, Taos Pueblo tribal members will be enacting the Deer Dance, a ceremonial that is deeply tied to its ancient Native religion.

It will be conducted on Christmas Day, beginning in early to mid-afternoon. This is a dance that is meant to be experienced without speculation, scrutiny or explanation. It is exactly what one sees, which is why tribal members discourage visitors from asking impolite questions about what’s going on. They ask that visitors regard this with the same reverence as one might afford their own church services.

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