"Tano" is a tribal name that has been used by Southern Tewa Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. In the Tewa
language, it means "of the sun," or "southern" (Tewa means "people.")
The name Tano has caused a fair amount of confusion over the years, because it has been used
in several different ways. Some people have used it simply as a synonym for Tewa; others have
used it to refer to the pre-colonial Pueblo society who were the ancestors of the Tewas; and still others
have used it to refer to specific Southern Tewa bands that migrated to join neighboring tribes--
particularly the Galisteo Tewa band that merged with the
Keresan people at Santo Domingo (Kewa) Pueblo,
and the Arizona Tewa band that joined the Hopi tribe at First Mesa.
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