The adobe home that has been passed down on the mother’s side of Thanay Binford’s family for several generations sits on the outskirts of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo’s historic plaza area.
But the 41-year-old resident, who moved back to his childhood community last year and is now project manager for the Housing Authority, says the one-story adobe home down the road from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is no one’s primary residence, but rather a central hub for the entire extended family.
It’s used to house guests or during special occasions such as dances and for family members who become tribal officials to use when needed.
Binford and his family live on another street outside of the historic area.
His traditional family home is one of 15 old adobe homes set to be rehabilitated during the next phase of Ohkay Owingeh’s plaza restoration project, a multimillion-dollar project, involving nearly 60 homes, that has moved away from relying on federal dollars and is now seeking funds for the remaining restorations through private donations.