Northern Tiwa, Picuris of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 2,800

ROP3 Code: 107465
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Northern Tiwa - (twf)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: United States

Esther Martinez, Tewa linguist and storyteller.

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  Picuris Pueblo, NM - 2,800

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Brief Profile

The Northern Tiwa Picuris are a Native American people of related Tanoan pueblo peoples in New Mexico and who reside on the Picuris Pueblo and Taos Pueblo. They traditionally spoke a Tiwa language (although some speakers have switched to Spanish and/or English). They are related to the Southern Tiwa in Isleta and Sandia, around what is now Albuquerque.

During Powwows they perform the Sun Dance. The Sun-moon dance lasts for a period of four days in which participants dance backwards and forwards to a ceremonial tree in the centre of an Arbour. During this period they abstain from food and water. This is spiritual ceremony.

A large percentage of Northern Tiwa adhere to Roman Catholicism. A small percentage are evangelical Christians. Many, in practice, adhere to traditional religious beliefs and animistic practices.

Prayer Points

  • Pray evangelical Northern Tiwa will boldy share the message of Christ with unreached Northern Tiwa.
  • Pray God to reveal to Northern Tiwa that following Christ brings freedom, a life free of fear and anxiety.


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