"The way", "The Path", "The Flow" are some ways to describe what tao means. It originates from a religion/philosophy/spirituality called Taoism. The exact meaning of tao is untranslatable. Tao basically means everything. The tao is like a flow that is everywhere. People moving around, nature doing whatever it does, things like that are examples of tao. It's pretty hard to fully describe it.
For more information on this group of Native American people please perform an internet search on ‘Taos Pueblo’.
So NO this is not ORIGINALLY an old Spanish colonial outpost of indigenous Chicano people (squatters) it’s the home to the Native American group of Taos Pueblo people. These people have lived in their mountain valley hundreds of years before Europe emerged from the Dark Ages. So you people out there, you better RECOGNIZE this fact!!! Oh yeah, do continue to ‘test’ your expensive outdoor gear there “like you’re all that” while you drop some major fundage in these Native American’s valley. It’s ALL GOOOD!!! By bringing your money to them and demo-ing your expensive outdoor gear in front of them you save them the hassle of finding out what works and what doesn’t. It can’t get any better than that for them.