Picuris Pueblo, New Mexico

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Picuris Pueblo (Tiwa: P'iwwel, pronounced /pɪkəˈriːs/) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Taos County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 86 at the 2000 census. The Pueblo people are from the Tiwa ethnic group of Native Americans. Picurís Pueblo is a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos.

Picuris village has occupied its present location since around 750 CE. The Picuris people previously lived in an earlier, larger village now known as Pot Creek, near Taos.[2]

Spanish explorer Don Juan de Oñate called them "pikuria" - those who paint.[3]



Picuris Pueblo is located at 36°12′9″N 105°42′42″W / 36.2025°N 105.71167°W / 36.2025; -105.71167 (36.202569, -105.711760)[4]. It sits on the western slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and is 18 miles south of Taos Pueblo. Average elevation in the pueblo is over 7,000 feet, making agriculture challenging.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 86 people, 38 households, and 18 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 192.7 people per square mile (73.8/km²). There were 60 housing units at an average density of 134.4/sq mi (51.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 10.47% White, 70.93% Native American, 16.28% from other races, and 2.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.74% of the population.

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