This cemetery contains graves dating back to the sixteenth century. The ruins are of San Geronimo Church, built in 1619.
This is the church, a more recent structure (1850), devoted to the worship of the Virgin Mary, who is considered the parallel of the Earth Mother in the native religion:
We were shown around by a native guide. Despite the beauty of the setting and interest of the site, nearly all of us were uncomfortable at the pueblo. It is supported by tourism, and yet it's clear that tourists are also resented, and that the long and unhappy history between Native Americans and "Anglos" continues here. I was glad I visited the pueblo, but it is not a visit I would repeat.
In the afternoon, back at the lodge, we had a talk from Carrie Vaughn, best-selling author of the urban-fantasy series featuring Kitty Norville. Carrie talked about the challenges, both literary and commercial, of writing an on-going series. She stressed that success can catch a writer in other people's expectations: publishers who want more of the same and nothing else, fans who object to the way a series goes, the problem of allowing a protagonist to grow from book to book without losing the personality that originally attracted readers. Carrie answered questions graciously and for a long time.
Saturday finished with dinner in Taos. Tomorrow is a work day -- Week 2 manuscripts are coming in to be read and critiqued. Stay tuned.