Thursday, May 10, 2012

. . . from the archives #71: Kiva Ladder, New Mexico 1986

Kiva Ladder, Acoma Pueblo - New Mexico  1986

On our way back from Santa Fe we stopped at Acoma Pueblo, a short distance off Interstate 40. This is a small community living on top of a mesa in the New Mexico desert.

The Hopi Acoma Pueblo tribe didn't allow tripods to be used, but they had no problem with my twin-lens Mamiya. While Hali and Shawna wandered around looking at pottery stands, I took some quick pictures. I've heard that kiva ladders are somehow not supposed to be photographed, but I don't know if that's true. This is one of the few times that I was successfully able to get the whole weathered-wood-dark-sky-Ansel-Adams look.


judit said...

Beautiful pic.

By the way, I believe it's the Acoma people at Acoma, not Hopi.

Mike Mundy said...

I believe you're right. That's what comes of relying on a memory that's now 25 years in the past.

judit said...

I was there in 1983... I was really taken with the place for more than a few reasons, hence the 29-year memory.