ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hundreds of years ago the ancestors of the Jemez people lived, farmed and died in Gíusewa Pueblo, which is now the Village of Jemez Springs.
A clash with the Spaniards would force them south onto a nearby mesa and eventually to the area that is now Jemez Pueblo. But the outside world knows very little of their history.
State and Pueblo of Jemez officials are inviting the public to participate in the unearthing of the Gíusewa Pueblo’s story. Starting Aug. 16, tribal members, archaeologists and volunteers will begin excavating an approximate 16-by-16-foot area where the Gíusewa people lived.
Highway 4 takes travelers through the village and just off the main road visitors can see the partial remains of a large, old, adobe structure. The building is what’s left of a church. Franciscan missionaries built the church in 1621 in an attempt to convert the pueblo people. The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 stalled their efforts but 12 years later the Spanish returned to recolonize the area. Gíusewa Pueblo would battle the Spaniards until 1696 before fleeing south.