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Trail Dust: Tale of lost treasure of Cochiti recedes into the past

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MARC SIMMONS

Trail Dust

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 5:00 pm | Updated: 9:45 pm, Fri May 16, 2014.

From the Tortugas village near Las Cruces northward to Taos, the Pueblo Indians have long told stories of lost treasure. The tales form one of the more fascinating sides of their folklore.

Many of the yarns, dating back to Spanish colonial days, seem to have some shadowy basis in fact. A good example is one that I first heard long ago while visiting Cochiti Pueblo, located on the Rio Grande between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

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