Until the arrival of the Spanish, the Apaches and the Pueblos had enjoyed a mercantile relationship: Pueblos traded their agricultural products and pottery to the Apaches in exchange for buffalo robes and dried meat.
Some Pueblos , fearing Apache raiders, re-established their Spanish ties.
One such tribe, the Pueblo Indians, gave the weary explorers shelter and food.
Those ancient peoples are now believed to have become the Papago, Pima, and Pueblo peoples of the contemporary Southwest.
Not all Brotherhoods employ such techniques, but some do in the smaller pueblos where the communities are more close-knit and it is more difficult to keep secrets.
Some pueblos are thronged with tourists at special ceremonies, but others remain closed to the public or prohibit filming and photography so as to forestall commercialism and disrespect.
‘Inferiority’ is established partly by constructing Pueblo culture as timeless (and so quite unlike the progressive West).
the Pueblo people
These are things that most Pueblos traditionally keep secret, despite the prying of anthropologists and the occasional indiscretion of informants and writers.
Religious beliefs are deeply interwoven in many aspects of Pueblo culture, including farming, storytelling, dances, art, architecture, and other everyday activities.