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Native American people have great respect for animals. Animals are part of their ceremonies and their lives. Often animals are depicted in their artistic creations. Is this only an artistic creation or does this art piece have greater meaning? One can ask the artists for their interpretation or read “Pueblo Animals and Myths” by Hamilton A. Tyler to learn more about the respect and spiritual meaning of animals to Pueblo people. Then you decide. Pictured here are two clay animals … Read More
New Mexico has long inspired storytellers. From the early native people who passed down stories to their descendants to tellers of cuentos, Spanish Colonial tales, followed by a steady stream of novelists, poets and nonfiction authors, the region has provided a profound sense of creativity, with majestic mountains, endless views, a unique blend of cultures and remote ruggedness. Writers have long been drawn to New Mexico, and they’ve extolled the region in novels, poetry, essays, articles, plays, nonfiction and more. … Read More
Blanket Photos & Article by DR. LEONA ZASTROW Since the 1800’s Navajo women wove Chief blankets. Often, they were used trading with Plains Sioux people who did have Chiefs. Many times, these blankets were given as gifts to honor people who contributed to the Dine nation or other Indian tribes or organizations. A modern day examples of honoring is the Chief Joseph blanket which was given to me by a Navajo school board for assisting them in changing their educational … Read More