The Spanish first encountered the Zuni tribe as early as 1539. In 1610 the Spanish founded Santa Fe, and put all the Pueblos under their authority and attempted to suppress their religion. This led to the Pueblo Revolt (1680-1692), located in New Mexico and Arizona. The Peublo Revolt was motivated by Chief Popé who led a coalition of the Pueblo, Zuni, and Hopi people against the Spanish. The conflict was a huge victory for the Zunis and Pueblo nation and forced the Spanish to withdraw from Santa Fe, but the Spanish eventually re-conquered the lands in 1692. Following the Pueblo revolt the Spanish relaxed the rigor of their rule over the Pueblos. During this period, the Pueblo nation became the first Native America Indians to acquire horses. Horses spread to the plains where their introduction profoundly affected the native way of life. Many of the Zuni pueblo villages survive from early times, although some ancient villages were abandoned due to attacks by the war-like Apache, Comanche, and Navaho tribes.
Fabian Fontenelle is a Zuni/Omaha man who performs with his award winning, recording artist wife, Shelley Morningsong. Together they enjoy entertaining and educating the world about their Zuni culture and history. Click here for their website...
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