Western Keres Pueblo of United States


People Group Info

Total Population: 11,900

ROP3 Code: 110788
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Western Keres - (kjq)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: United States

Status of Christianity


Engaged yet Unreached

GSEC Level: 1

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Majority Located Where

  Laguna, NM - 7,000

  Acoma Pueblo, NM - 4,900

Historically, they resided on Acoma Pueblo and Laguna Pueblo.

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Brief Profile

The Western Keres Pueblo are a Native American people and a dialect cluster spoken by the Keres Pueblo people west of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Pueblos are located where the Spaniards first contacted them in the sixteenth century.

The Keres language consists of seven Pueblos divided into two dialect subgroups. The two dialect subgroups include the people of the seven pueblos of Acoma, Cochiti, Laguna, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Santo Domingo, and Zia. Western Keres Pueblo and Eastern Keres Pueblo subgroup dialects are significantly different and are basically two different languages. The majority of Western Keres still speak Keres at home.

The Western Keres Pueblos include the Acoma and Laguna. Although the word pueblo is the Spanish word for "town" or "village", it actually comes from the Latin root word populus meaning "people". The Pueblos are not specific to a town but an area. See each Pueblo link above for its geographical size.

The Keresan Pueblos, both Western and Eastern, practice a blend of their native religious practices and beliefs and those of Roman Catholicism. Some Protestants are present, but they have remained relatively insignificant in the overall religious picture. In addition to having an Roman Catholic Church, Laguna Pueblo has a Baptist Church.

For more information, visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center website.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God will work through dreams and others means to reveal truth found in Jesus Christ.
  • Pray that God will send Christians to share a relevant and contextualized gospel message in word and deed.

Resources

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Native Americans - Worldview and Trends
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesLagunaAlbuquerqueNM7,000
United StatesAcoma PuebloAlbuquerqueNM4,900