DescriptionExplorer and New Mexico colonial governor Juan de Oñate established the first Spanish capital of New Mexico in 1598 at the Tewa settlement of O'ke, where villagers gave the conquistador a hospitable welcome. Oñate named the pueblo San Juan de los Caballeros in honor of his horsemen. A traditional meeting ground, the pueblo became so powerful that only an O'ke native had the authority to declare war for the Pueblo Indians.
Today Ohkay Owingeh is one of the largest of the state's Tewa-speaking communities. Before Oñate's arrival, the village was named Ohkay Owingeh (O-keh o-WEENG-eh); in September 2005 the pueblo's tribal council restored the traditional name.
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