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Nambé Pueblo, New Mexico

Pueblo of Nambe
The Kiva
Nambé Pueblo, New Mexico is located in New Mexico
Nambé Pueblo, New Mexico
Nearest city Santa Fe, New Mexico
Built 1540
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 74001208[1]
Added to NRHP January 21, 1974

Nambé Oweenge Pueblo (; Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The 2000 United States Census estimates the Nambé population at 558.[3]


  • Synonymy 1
  • Population 2
  • Language 3
  • History 4
    • Origin and early history 4.1
    • European contact 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Nambé is the Spanish version of a similar-sounding Tewa word, which can be interpreted loosely as meaning "rounded earth." The word "pueblo" stems from the Spanish word for "village." Pueblo refers to the Southwestern style architecture and the people themselves.[2]


The 2000 United States Census surveyed the Nambé population at 558.[3] The entire population living at Nambé Pueblo, according to the 2010 United States Census, is 1,611.[4]


The Nambé's language is a dialect of the Tewa language.[2]


Origin and early history

It is believed that all Pueblo people are descended from the Anasazi, possibly the Mogollon, and other ancient peoples. As the Anasazi abandoned their canyon homeland due to social upheaval and climate change, migrations took place and eventually the Nambé found their new homeland in New Mexico.[2]

European contact

Juan de Oñate arrived in the area in 1598. He forced Nambé Pueblo, as was the case in other pueblos, to start paying taxes with cotton, crops and labor. Catholic missionaries also came into the area, threatening native religious beliefs. Pueblos would be renamed with saints' names, and Nambé would have its first church built in the early 1600s. The Spanish also introduced new foods to the native communities, including peaches, peppers and wheat. In 1620 a royal decree assigned civil offices to each Pueblo.[2]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ a b c d e Barry Pritzker (2000). A Native American encyclopedia: history, culture, and peoples. Oxford University Press. p. 49.  
  3. ^ a b Census 2000 American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File (AIANSF) - Sample Data, Nambe alone (H46)
  4. ^ 2010 Demographic Profile Data, Nambe Pueblo and Off-Reservation Trust Land, NM

External links

  • Nambe Pueblo Official Website
  • Nambe Pueblo
  • Nambé Pueblo on New Mexico Tourism Department website
  • Nambe Pueblo Pottery
  • Nambe Falls and Lake recreation area
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