Ortiz Mountain view from building site
Historic stone survey marker, dated 1856, was found on Hamaatsa's north boundary and records when aboriginal lands were sectioned off by the United Sates government.
Solar array being installed for our well
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ACEC - AREA OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND CRITICAL CONCERN
Once owned by the Ball Family of Ball glass canning jar fame, this land was part of the Ortiz Mountain Ranch. After the death of Edmund Ball, the ranch, including this pristine half section parcel, was donated to the Nature Conservancy. HAMAATSA purchased the property from the Nature Conservancy on August 1, 2007. "Because this particular property is aboriginal land, it is an ideal site and match for Hamaatsa's mission for restoration of indigenous life-ways and land stewardship", says Pueblo Indian, founding director, Larry Littlebird.Situated in the foothills of the Ortiz Mountains (to the east) there are sweeping vistas in all four directions with the Sandia Mountains to the south, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the north and the Jemez Mountains to the west. The lands of Hamaatsa are bordered by San Felipe reservation on three sides and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on one side. Gently rolling hills and mesas characterize the topography covered with grasslands and juniper savanna. The 320 acre property lies within an environmentally protected area (ACEC) which is rich in cultural history, endangered plant and animal species and of geological and paleontological significance. Our master plan includes critical guidelines for keeping our footprint light upon this sacred land and special place.
HAMAATSA is being developed as a small-scale, sustainable community for living simply on the land. The eco-friendly learning center is being built entirely "off grid" within a 60 acre building site envelope keeping 260 acres undisturbed and protected under a conservation easement. We are working with team of consultants who are highly recognized for their work with sustainable land planning, green building systems and Southwest architecture.
Tzitch'cuh'drew'dhi, The Place Where the People Gather, a Chacoan architectural revival at Hamaatsa, will blend together time tested indigenous green systems with today's cutting edge healthy living materials. As part of our commitment to building a center which features eco-friendly design and green building, we will use photovoltaic power systems, alternative onsite water and gray-water systems and state-of-the art composting toilets.
The traditional area is where Hamaatsa culturally and spiritually relevant activities take place. This is a secluded "walk-in area only" and has no electricity. White Dawn House, Council Lodge and the Dance Arbor are located here, as well as a "future" hermitage, a simple adobe dwelling for servant leaders to retreat for prayer, meditation and solitude.
Design Schematic and Elevation by David O. Riley, architect (Hopi/Laguna Pueblo)
The Shepherd's House
First adobe structure,
completed October 2009
HAMAATSA is located on 320 acres of environmentally protected aboriginal lands in north central New Mexico, in the rolling foothills of the Ortiz Mountains. Ideally situated halfway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque and central to the nineteen Pueblos of New Mexico, HAMAATSA is easily accessible to the communities we are serving.
David Riley (Hopi/Laguna Pueblo) architect and owner, WaterParrot Design, worked closely with founding directors, Larry and Deborah Littlebird to incorporate Chacoan architectural principles to create a spiritually inspired design for Hamaatsa! Tzitch'cuh'drew'dhi, "The Place Where the People Gather", features Puebloan architecture (pre-European contact) and utilizes sacred geometry design elements. This large family style Puebloan house incorporates indoor and outdoor spaces emphasizing our relationship to this particular landscape. Movement through the space begins with the kitchen hearth house with an intimate fireplace storytelling area. This space then naturally flows out to a seasonal outdoor plaza for dances, large gatherings and outdoor cooking and dining. A pathway leads inside to a circular storytelling/council room and from there leads through village like alleyways that reach several purposeful spaces: an office, library and arts and lifeway studio with a smaller courtyard plaza. The Center will include the addition of four simple guest rooms and a bath house (not pictured in renderings) for a lodging capacity of twelve. Gardens, orchards and edible landscapes with moving water will be integrated throughout the compound for areas for quiet reflection.
"The Place Where the People Gather"
Architectural design and rendering by David O. Riley