Pueblo Ladder
Dale Tanis
I found this Pueblo Ladder in Acoma leading to a hidden kiva, a sacred center for ceremonies and rituals in Native culture. It was hidden because the Spanish forbade the Natives to worship their own gods. The punishments were severe for disobeying. So to avoid religious persecution, the Natives built their kiva into the row of houses and gave the traditional round space a false square front complete with a non-functional window to hide it from the occupying Spanish. This is the only double ladder I have encountered in my visits to the Southwestern pueblos. I can only imagine its purpose was to quickly move a crowd of people into the kiva to avoid detection and therefore religious persecution, preserving their centuries-old  rituals and ceremonies so vital to their spiritual way of life.

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No. of Prints No of Proofs No. of Screens Image Size Paper Size
104 16 4 1/8" x 5 7/8" 7 1/2" x 8"
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