Kiva are the traditional places of worship for the Pueblo people. They are traditionally constructed underground, but because the hard Acoma mesa discourages excavation, the people built the kiva above ground and made the only entrance from the roof to appear as if they were built with the traditional kiva construction. This is why the only part of a kiva that a visitor will see is a ladder climbing up a relatively blank facade.  What makes the kiva even more mysterious is the fact that no visitors are allowed inside, and no one is allowed to talk about what goes on inside. Even the tour guides are not allowed to reveal the events that take place inside. 
A rare photograph of the interior of an Acoma kiva
1/17/2016 03:47:01 pm

know when you feel you ever seen something, even if you have never been to the location of the picture without ever even visited the site, then you are faced with an image, and suddenly you are designed, thrown that place ... and when that photo'm sure he'd never seen before ... I found myself in ... more people ... the smell ... and the feeling. thank you

Donald Willerton
12/16/2016 07:35:27 pm

I have heard that the above ground kivas had small holes in the wall so that the women of the pueblo could make contact with their husbands while the husbands were busy in the kiva. Is this true?


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    Evan Neal

    As an architecture major learning more about the religion of the Pueblo people, the Spanish influence on their religious architecture was an interesting avenue to take the research down. The Acoma village has, “the finest and most impressive of the Spanish Colonial Mission churches in New Mexico,” so was a perfect fit for my research.