Oral tradition, as well as documentary sources, trace the history of Santa Ana Pueblo, from the sixteenth century, when Kastera (Spain) entered the region, through the arrival of Merikaana in the nineteenth century, to the recent past.
- Author: Laura Bayer and Floyd Montoya
- Paperback: 409 pages
- Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (January 1, 2009)
- ISBN-10: 0826347908
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
The Santa Ana Pueblo people have occupied their current site in central New Mexico 16 miles northwest of Albuquerque since at least the late 1500s. Like other Pueblos, this Keresan-speaking people believe their ancestors originated from a subterranean world to the north, and their original ancestral village was built against a mesa wall on the north bank of the Jemez River, a place potters return to each year for gathering clay. The annual cycle of life at Santa Ana continues to be tied to the solar calendar and agricultural and hunting seasons. The Pueblo has close ties and a tradition of cultural exchange with nearby Zia and San Felipe Pueblos. Since the early 1980s the Pueblo has pursued a strategy of developing tribal enterprises, seeing economic independence as a key factor in preserving traditional concepts and values.