The people call themselves the "People of the Red Willow" or Tiwa in their language. Red Willow Creek runs through the pueblo from its sacred lake source high in the mountains and provides water for the residents. The red willows grow along this stream.
We visited the Taos Pueblo and I took a tour of the community led by a Native American who grew up in the pueblo. It was interesting and heartbreaking to hear how this tribe had been so badly treated by Europeans and Americans. The Taos Pueblo and other pueblos in the area joined forces to protect their ancestral lands and sovereignty from government control in the 1930s. This successful effort is why the pueblos are still intact today.
I recently watched an excellent video by photographer David Marx at the Focus Photo School. In the video Marx presents a great description of how composing your scene with one, two or three subjects changes the story the picture tells.
Notice how the two pictures below give a different feeling, depending on whether there is one horse and rider or two. See if you can describe the difference in a sentence to make it clear to yourself.
One horse and jockey
Two horses and two jockeys
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If you have only ever seen photographs on a screen, whether your smart phone or a giant television, you owe it to yourself to see them on paper. The image transforms when it is printed and becomes a physical object to be admired and treasured. You can listen to several modern photographers talk about what a photographic print means to them in a series of video interviews called "Print Your Legacy".