Taos Trade Fair Sept. 24-25

Events, Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New — By stevelarese on September 22, 2011 at 12:34 am

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Travel to Taos and travel back in time this weekend to the 24th annual Taos Trade Fair at La Hacienda de los Martinez, Sept. 24 10 a.m.-5 p.m, and Sept. 25 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Demonstrations depicting life in the mid-1800s, historic re-enactments, mountain men encampments, food and vendors celebrate the time when Taos was the crossroads for trading and exchange between Mexico, the United States and Native America. Built in 1804, the Martinez Hacienda, now a museum, was an important trade center at the northern edge of the Spanish Empire. After New Mexico broke from Spain and became part of Mexico in 1821, trade was opened to the Americans via the famous Santa Fe Trail. Area Pueblos would trade here, as would the Comanche, Ute, Apache, Navajo, and Kiowa tribe. Dances learned from these plains tribes are still practiced at Taos Pueblo today. American and French trappers would come down from the mountains to trade pelts for supplies, further adding to the multicultural experience of Trade Fairs, during which all conflicts were suspended. Admission is $5 per person; 6 and younger are free. For more information, call 505-758-0505. For more information, click here.

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