Cochiti, New Mexico
Kotyit (Eastern Keres)
K’úutìim’é (Western Keres)
Tǫ́ʼgaaʼ (Navajo)
Cochiti Pueblo between c. 1871-c. 1907
Cochiti Pueblo between c. 1871-c. 1907
Flag of Cochiti, New Mexico
Location of Cochiti
Location of Cochiti
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
 • Total0.78 sq mi (2.02 km2)
 • Land0.78 sq mi (2.02 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
5,276 ft (1,608 m)
 • Total479
 • Density614.89/sq mi (237.41/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code505
FIPS code35-16560
GNIS feature ID1867383
Cochiti Pueblo
Cochiti, New Mexico is located in New Mexico
Cochiti, New Mexico
Cochiti, New Mexico is located in the United States
Cochiti, New Mexico
Nearest cityCochiti, New Mexico
Coordinates35°36′32″N 106°20′41″W / 35.60889°N 106.34472°W / 35.60889; -106.34472[5]
Area61 acres (25 ha)
Built1250 (1250)
ArchitectFr. Juan de Rozas
Architectural stylePueblo
NRHP reference No.74001205[4]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 20, 1974
Designated NMSRCPFebruary 1, 1972

Cochiti (/ˈkəti/; Eastern Keresan: Kotyit [kʰocʰi̥tʰ]; Western Keresan K’úutìim’é [kʼúːtʰìːm̰é], Navajo: Tǫ́ʼgaaʼ /tʰṍʔkɑ̀ːʔ/) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. A historic pueblo of the Cochiti people, one of the Keresan Nations, it is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 528 at the 2010 census. Located 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Santa Fe, the community is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all land.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6][2]

At the 2010 census,[7] there were 528 people, 157 households and 127 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 440 inhabitants per square mile (170/km2). There were 178 housing units at an average density of 149.9 per square mile (57.9/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.1% Native American, 1.5% White, 1.3% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.6% of the population.

There were 157 households, of which 28% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 29.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.1% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.36 and the average family size was 3.76.

31.8% of the population were under the age of 19, 6.4% from 20 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.5 years.

In the 2000 census, the median household income was $31,875 and the median family income was $37,500. Males had a median income of $19,231 compared with $21,641 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $9,153. About 21.4% of families and 20.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

Cochiti pueblo and Cochiti people

The Cochiti pueblo people are a federally recognized tribe of Native Americans. According to the Keres Online Dictionary the Keresan-name for the People of Cochiti Pueblo is K’úutìim’é ("People from the Mountains, i.e. Cochiti people").[8]

The Cochiti speak Eastern Keres, a dialect of the Keresan language, a language isolate.[9] In the early 21st century, the Keres Children's Learning Center, an independent Keres immersion school, was founded to aid with preservation of their language and culture. It has added grades since its founding.[10]

The pueblo administers 53,779 acres (217.64 km2) of reservation land and works closely with the Bureau of Land Management who has jurisdiction over Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.[9]

The pueblo celebrates the annual feast day for its patron saint, San Buenaventura, on July 14.


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The Cochiti people are thought to be descended from the Ancestral Puebloans (formerly known as the Anasazi). The ancestors of the Cochiti people, living in cliff dwellings at Rito de los Frijoles in present-day Bandelier National Monument,[11] divided into two groups. One was located in the pueblo of Katishtya (later called San Felipe pueblo) in the south and the other was located in Potrero Viejo, one of the finger mesas of the Pajarito Plateau in northern central New Mexico.[9] Approximately 12 miles northwest of the present-day Cochiti Pueblo, a temporary pueblo known as Hanut Cochiti had been established.[9]

In 1598, Spanish conquistador, Juan de Oñate came to Cochiti Pueblo.[9] At first, the Spaniards admired and respected the Pueblo Peoples for their Spanish-like farming techniques and villages, viewing them as equals, and opening trade. As time went on, the Spaniards attempted to assimilate Cochiti people (and other tribes) into New Spanish society. They were forced to pay taxes in crops, cotton, and work. The Spanish Catholic missionaries attacked their religion and renamed the Pueblos with Catholic saints’ names and began a program of church construction, such as the San Buenaventura Mission at Cochiti, routinely torturing the tribes for practicing their traditional religion, and forcing the them into labor and/or slavery.

The Cochiti pueblo people took part in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, an uprising of the Native Americans against the Spaniards.[9] When Spanish Governor Antonio de Otermin reconquered New Mexico, the tribe retreated with the other Keresan tribes of San Felipe and Santo Domingo (now called Kewa) to the Potrero Viejo.[9] The Cochiti people remained at Potrero Viejo until 1693 when they were forced to flee Spanish Governor Don Diego de Vargas and his troops.[9]


Cochiti Pot with black motif on buff clay body

Potters of Cochiti and Kewa Pueblo (formerly Santo Domingo Pueblo) have made traditional pots for centuries, developing styles for different purposes and expressing deep beliefs in their designs. Since the early decades of the 20th century, these pots have been appreciated by a wider audience outside the pueblos. Continuing to use traditional techniques, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, potters have also expanded their designs and repertoire in pottery, which has an international market.


It is in the Bernalillo Public Schools district,[12] which operates Cochiti Elementary & Middle Schools in nearby Peña Blanca,[13] and Bernalillo High School.

Notable people from Cochiti Pueblo

In popular culture

In 1969, a documentary film about a Native American boy's life on the Cochiti pueblo was made for Sesame Street's second season (1970–1971), aired on December 9, 1970. Subjects it covered included a game of shinny, making tortillas, and making necklaces out of corn for summertime sale to tourists.[14][better source needed]


See also


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  3. ^ "Cochiti Pueblo ZIP Code". 2022. Retrieved November 11, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  8. ^ "Keres Online Dictionary". Archived from the original on February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "Cochiti Tribe of New Mexico". Legends of America. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Lyla June Johnston, "The Preservation of Keres", Indian Country Today Network, Issue 41, 19 October 2016; accessed 20 October 2016
  11. ^ "Keresan Family of Native American tribes". Legends of America. Retrieved August 6, 2021.
  12. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Sandoval County, NM" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 9, 2022.
  13. ^ "Home". Cochiti Elementary & Middle Schools. Retrieved March 16, 2023. 800 Quail Hill Trail Pena Blanca, NM 87041
  14. ^ Classic Sesame Street film - Native American Cochiti Pueblo, YouTube

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