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Exhibition Not an Ostrich: & Other Images from America's Library

Laura Gilpin. Indian bake ovens, 1926. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (11.00.00)

LAURA GILPIN. Indian bake ovens. Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, 1926

At the center of this photograph is a Native American horno, a Spanish mud adobe outdoor oven, which was initially used in North Africa, then gradually introduced to other Latin territories across the Americas. Packed with layers of straw and mud and formed into the shape of a beehive, it can be used to cook meats and vegetables, but one treat that is particularly traditional in the Southwest is pueblo oven bread.