Sesame Street
Trip to New Mexico — Big Bird, Maria and Buffy visit the Taos Pueblo
Air date December 25, 1975
Season Season 7 (1975-1976)
Written by Joseph A. Bailey
Sponsors M, T, 9


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Buffy stops by the New Mexico ranch, and tells Maria that she's heading out to Taos Pueblo. Maria offers to take her there in the pickup truck. Big Bird says that he'd like to come along, although he doesn't know what a pueblo is. Maria explains that it's a town where Indians live, and Big Bird likes the idea at first, but then becomes frightened.

Buffy drives Maria and Big Bird to the pueblo. Along the way, she sings "I'm an Indian."

When they arrive at the pueblo, Maria confesses to Buffy that she's worried about intruding in the community, or making a mistake. It must be easier for Buffy, because these are her people. Buffy explains that she's a Cree Indian, from Canada. There's about 300 different kinds of Indians, all with their own languages and customs. They're all visitors together. Buffy introduces Maria and Big Bird to her friends. Big Bird instantly makes friends with the kids, and holds a little girl's hand.
Cartoon Poem about T words
Voice: Bob Arbogast
(First: Episode 0024)
Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam comes to the saloon, looking for Doc Holiday. He questions the frightened townspeople, looking for the doctor, but all he can find is a mailman and a fire fighter. Sam says they'd better find the doctor, because he's got an itchy trigger finger. The doctor is found, cowering under a table. The doctor asks what Sam wants with him, and the mean hombre says that his finger is really itchy -- it's driving him crazy. Is it a mosquito bite? Should he use some lotion on it? Doc Holiday faints. Sam shrugs, and joins the other patrons at the bar for some milk.
(First: Episode 0318)
Animation Sand T/t
(First: Episode 0636)


SCENE 2 Buffy and Maria wonder where Big Bird went. Maria recalls him saying he had to do something very important. He is playing tag and follow-the-leader with the pueblo kids.
Cartoon T for typewriter and toe
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0506)
Film Kids narrate a tortilla contest in English and Spanish.
(First: Episode 0456)
Cartoon T for top
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0298)

Muppets Marshal Grover and Fred the Wonder Horse are hot and thirsty, so they stop in at the Short Branch Café for a nice cold glass of milk. The bartender is distressed to see Grover riding his horse right inside, knocking over tables. "I just redecorated the place, too," he sighs. Grover orders a glass of milk, and the bartender asks if he wants the big glass, the bigger glass or the biggest glass. Fred tells the bartender that Marshal Grover doesn't know the difference, so the bartender shows off all three sizes. Marshal Grover and Fred come behind the bar to get a closer look, breaking bottles and glassware. The annoyed bartender shouts at Grover to choose a glass, and Grover picks the biggest glass. The bartender asks if Fred wants anything, but Fred says, "No thanks, I'm drivin'." As Grover rides his horse out of the café, the bartender asks who's going to pay for all this stuff. Grover says he'll be back to pay for it tomorrow. Panicked, the bartender says not to come back; it's on the house!
(First: Episode 0683)
Cartoon A man weighs five pounds of bubble gum. He chews it all, blows a huge bubble, and flies away.
(First: Episode 0617)
Muppets The Anything Muppets perform a "Handclapping Number".
(First: Episode 0491)
Cartoon A man tells a confused boy that he saw a bird on a tree, with both of their thoughts appearing on the screen.
(First: Episode 0565)
SCENE 3 By the river, Buffy and the kids sing "I'm an Indian."
Cartoon Julius demonstrates "here" and "there", then ends up being "in pain."
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0418)
Film Where the buffalo roam ...
(First: Episode 0510)
Cartoon M is for Moo
(First: Episode 0276)
Muppets In "City-Country Song", a cowgirl sings about why she likes life in the country, while a hipster sings about his life in the city.
(First: Episode 0681)
Cartoon M for mouse, mud and mother.
(First: Episode 0073)
Cartoon The weary traveler asks the Wise Man to demonstrate "here" and "there." He does so by throwing his household items off the cliff.
(First: Episode 0769)
SCENE 4 Big Bird says that he's had a good time at the pueblo, but he hasn't seen any Indians. Buffy tells Big Bird that everyone there is an Indian. Big Bird thinks they're fooling him: "I happen to know that Indians wear lots of feathers!" Buffy explains that Indians sometimes wear feathers on special occasions -- but then they take them off, and they wear clothes like everyone else. Big Bird says that someday maybe he'll take off his feathers and look like everyone else too.
Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms and nine toes.
(First: Episode 0316)
Film Field of hay (kid voice-overs)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0504)
Muppets Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School: Using pictures on the blackboard, Roosevelt Franklin tells the class a story about two little dogs who find a big ol' bone in a doghouse. They try to take the bone, but it turns out that it belongs to a big, mean dog, who chases them away. The moral of the story: "If something's not yours, leave it alone; could be a big ol' dog in the doghouse."
(First: Episode 0529)
Cartoon Cat / fat / hat / sat / rat / bat / scat / splat / flat / pat (Features the voice of Daws Butler)
(First: Episode 0770)
Cartoon T words
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0020)
Insert The Alphabet Dancers form the letter T.
(First: Episode 0454)
Cartoon "Danny knows the alphabet, and is he proud! If you can follow him, then sing out loud!"
(First: Episode 0406)

SCENE 5 Maria, Buffy and the kids observe how they have different ways to say the same things. The kids get their water from the river, and use firewood to keep the house warm during winter.
Cartoon La t minuscula
(First: Episode 0376)
Muppets An Anything Muppet barbershop group sings "High, Middle, Low".
(First: Episode 0236)
Cartoon At night, a group of mice are scared of a monster in the woods. They describe its features until the feared monster looks like an elephant - who is more scared of the mice.
Cartoon A guru counts to twenty. (Spanish version)
(First: Episode 0276)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment — Heather teaches Grover how to count up to twenty. She skips over nineteen, and Grover reminds her that there's a number missing. It takes Heather a moment to grasp what Grover is talking about.
(First: Episode 0776)
SCENE 6 A mother donkey nurses its young.
Cartoon T es para telefono
(First: Episode 0362)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is sad, because it's raining and he can't play baseball. Bert encourages him to imagine that he's playing instead. In Ernie's imagination, he hits a high fly ball that lands in the ocean. Bert tells Ernie that the sun is out, and he can go out and play now. Ernie says that he can't play -- his ball fell in the ocean.
(First: Episode 0410)
Cartoon A rabbit crosses the STREET, and almost gets run over.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 0778)
Film The Mad Painter #9
(First: Episode 0338)
Cartoon Bolt and Nut show how they work together.
(First: Episode 0569)
SCENE 7 Buffy plays an Indian instrument, the mouth bow, and sings an Indian song.
Film The letter T is a very useful letter.
(First: Episode 0402)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit and Trey talk about how to get from one place to another.
(First: Episode 0548)
Cartoon Jazz #9
(First: Episode 0137)
Film A kid marching band forms a triangle.
(First: Episode 0531)
Song "Four Seasons"
(First: Episode 0276)


SCENE 8 Maria and Big Bird say goodbye to Buffy and the Pueblo kids at the end of a happy day. A little girl gives Big Bird a kiss, and Buffy gives Maria a hair ribbon to bring back to Sesame Street, so that she'll bring a piece of Taos Pueblo with her.
Gordon announces the sponsors.

The story of the New Mexico trip concludes in Episode 0815.

CLOSING SIGNS Big Bird holds up the Sesame Street sign, while Sherlock Hemlock holds up the CTW sign at the end


  • The plot to this episode would later be repeated in Episode 1164, with different inserts.

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