22 March 2008


Should you find yourself visiting ruins on a Native American reservation here are a few tips to remember:

Keep in mind they are sovereign, self-governing nation with their own laws. Almost all pueblos welcome visitors, visitors are expected to observe local rules and etiquette.

Photography should always respect people and place. Most pueblos allow photography only by permit and that usually means you will have to pay for a permit. At Acoma Sky City the fee was $10; however, at the national monuments like the Salt Missions there was no fee.

NEVER photograph dances or ceremonies. These events are traditional and often religious ceremonies rather then entertainment. Applause is not appropriate. Never photograph a person or group without asking first. If permission is given you may be asked to pay a small fee for the privilege.

NEVER take alcohol on to native lands.

At Acoma Sky City, cam-corders and digital cameras are not allowed. Fortunately I had my old digital camera with me and it looks like a bulky film camera. Shhhhh...don't tell anyone.

Also, this is mainly for peublos ON Indian lands....because at the New Mexico State Fair there were people photographing dances and applauding. If you are ever unsure, ask your guide.

I'm out.

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