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"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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Our online resources for the Tewa language, including Tano Tewa.
Arizona Tewa Language Tree:
Theories about Tewa and Tano language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Santo Domingo Pueblo:
Homepage of the Santo Domingo (Kewa) Pueblo, where the Tano people of Galisteo resettled.
The Hopi-Tewa People:
Information on the culture of the Tano group that became the Arizona Tewa.
Tano Tribe History:
Article on the Tano tribe from the Handbook of American Indians.
Wikipedia article on the Tano Indians.
Four Directions: Tano:
Timeline and links about Tano history.
Down Country: The Tano of the Galisteo Basin, 1250-1782:
History and archaeology of the Tano Indian tribe.
Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History:
Book for sale on the history and traditions of the Tanos and other Pueblo Indians, by a Pueblo author.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Tano links page.
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