We made our way to the Ancient Kuaua Pueblo built by “Tiwa People” (as Coronado called them in 1540) at the Coronado State Monument not far from Albuquerque. We had the excellent fortune to be guided into the rebuilt Kuaua Kiva by Brian Gilmore a site docent. He generously passed on his knowledge of the site and rare kiva murals that were removed to preserve them from erosion.
During the process of saving the mural, the team found seventeen layers of murals on the Kiva walls dating back to 1,500. The mural that was on top is protected in the Visitor Center. A painting made by a local native Indian artisti that reproduced the mural is in the Kiva.
The murals are believed to portray the abundance and fertility of this area using masked dancers, animals, clouds, and lighting in a ceremonial manner. Since photographing the mural is not allowed due to the wishes of contemporary Puebloan people, you’ll just have to go see this amazing site. To get a better idea of the Visitor’s Center, the Kiva and what the murals may look like you can find more information on the web.