Sky City Cultural Center and Haak'u Museum
Sky City Cultural Center and Haak'u Museum serves as a showcase of cultural architecture and is the museum for visitors to the Pueblo of Acoma.The village of Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. It is also the 28th Historic Site designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 1970 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Backstory and Context
In 1540, the Acomas saw an army of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado’s expedition appeared out to the west. They came to the mesa to confront the Spanish force and it consisted of twenty soldiers as well as several Pecos Pueblo Indian guides. The Acomas first challenged the Spaniards to fight but eventually allowed them into the pueblo. Being at the top of the rock, it was out of reach and consists of steep sides in every direction. There was a tiny stairway of approximately 200 steps, then a stretch of about 100 narrower steps, in which just allowed them to be more secure from attacks. It was a well built, strong village.
The museum offers Acoma pottery & Native American crafts for sale by local artisans and cultural exhibits. The museum also displays the art and history of the Acoma people and shows what they have endured for a thousand years. There is a guided tour to the village that leaves from the cultural center.