In the southwestern United States, there are 21 federally recognized Indian villages known as pueblos. Pueblos are complexes of single family dwellings stacked one upon another and supported by thick walls made of adobe, which is a mixture of earth, water, and straw allowed to harden in the sun. Pueblos were originally built as defensive structures. They had no windows or doors but were entered by ladders through openings in the roof. Taos, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, is the northernmost of the pueblos and is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States. Although the people of Taos have absorbed many influences, they have also retained the intrinsic elements of their ancient culture. They try to maintain a balance between their traditional way of life and the modern world.
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