Since the early 19th century the Zuni have been known for making silver and turquoise jewelry, baskets, beadwork, animal fetishes, and pottery, all of very high quality. Many Zuni have chosen to adopt only some parts of modern American life and to maintain much of their traditional culture.
The current day Zuni are a Federally recognized tribe and most live in the Pueblo of Zuni on the Zuni River, a tributary of the Little Colorado River, in western New Mexico, United States.
1: a member of an American Indian people of western New Mexico. 2: the language of the Zuni people.
Take a guided tour to get you started on your visit to Zuni. Inquire at the visitors center about the tours. There are three types of tours offered: Old Mission and/or the historic Pueblo /Middle Village (the least expensive option)
Although some Zuni have converted to Catholic and Protestant faiths—including Mormonism —the Zuni religion remains so dominant in the pueblo that several members of the tribe told me that despite having elected officials, they feel they live in a theocracy controlled by priests.
The commonly design jewelry around a stone’s natural shape. When Navajo do inlay, it is bolder than Zuni inlay and usually has silver between the inlaid pieces (called “channel inlay”). Their inlay tends to be more complex than Navajo, with more cuts and patterns. Most snake designs are done by the Zuni.
In the past, the Zuni Indians had a theocratic government. That means that the head priest or cacique (pronounced kah-seek) was also the town chief. Today, the Zuni cacique is still an important religious leader, but the tribe is led by an elected governor and tribal council.
The Zuni tribe lived in homes that were made of stone adobe with flat roofs. Their homes look like multistory house complexes complete with hefty stones cemented jointly with adobe (a combination of clay and straw). The Zuni Tribe is also unique in their own way than any other tribe.
The Hopi are a Native American tribe who primarily live on the Hopi Reservation in northeastern Arizona. The Hopi encountered Spaniards in the 16th century, and are historically referred to as Pueblo people, because they lived in villages (pueblos in the Spanish language).
Zuni Jewelry. The Zuni jewelry makers are known primarily for their intricate stonework designs. Stones for these pieces are cut down and shaped for placement in precise and intricate designs. The main styles of Zuni jewelry are Clusterwork, Needlepoint, Petit Point and Inlay.
Archeologists believe Zuni history began well before 2500 B.C. when the tribe moved into the Southwest as big game hunters. Between 2500 B.C. and 700 A.D. the Zuni Indians made their first attempts at agriculture and hunted smaller game.
The Zuni (Zuñi) River is a tributary of the Little Colorado River in the southwestern United States. It has its origin in Cibola County, New Mexico, in the Zuñi Mountains at the Continental Divide. Zuni River.
|• elevation||5,407 ft (1,648 m)|
|Basin size||1,300 sq mi (3,400 km2)|
There are 126.77 miles from Zuni to Albuquerque in east direction and 154 miles (247.84 kilometers) by car, following the I-40 route.
ZUNI is not a valid scrabble word.
What is a pueblo? Pueblo is the Spanish word for “village” or “town.” In the Southwest, a pueblo is a settlement that has houses made of stone, adobe, and wood. The houses have flat roofs and can be one or more stories tall. Pueblo people have lived in this style of building for more than 1,000 years.