Today, the church houses the largest inventory of early 17th century building material of any structure in New Mexico. Its collection of Spanish colonial ecclesiastic art is unique and includes an original hand-hewn circular staircase, hand-carved rails, paintings, a reredo, and more. Since 1999, Cornerstones Community Partnerships has worked in partnership with Acoma Pueblo to restore their important historic structures and to help build capacity among community members to effectively manage their own cultural and historic resources.
To complete the assessment, Cornerstones worked with the gaugashti (tribal members who make unpaid lifetime commitments to care for the church). Since the restoration has begun, community members have performed much of the work needed following in the traditions of their ancestors. Because of the interventions of modern materials and practices, however, few Acoma remember the old ways used for centuries to maintain the buildings. From the gaugashti, youth trainees will learn (in the traditional way, often through stories) centuries-old skills as well as religious practices and the responsibilities required of those who maintain the church. From the Cornerstones staff, they will learn the principals of historic preservation and its application to their lives. In this way, the Acoma people will be able to restore their sacred buildings today and. maintain them in the future
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Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Phone: (505) 982-9521
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