Monday, August 19, 2013

Pueblo Pottery Traditions

While the Navajo people are known for woven rugs,
woven on a vertical loom with patterns specific to each region,
the Pueblo people are known for their pottery.
Like Navajo rugs, pottery styles can be region specific.

Santa Clara and San Ildefonso are neighboring Pueblos,
south of Taos. Their pottery is typically black or red.

Santa Clara Pueblo

San Ildefonso

The Laguna and Acoma Pueblos are west of Albuquerque.
Their buff slipped pottery often features animals
or symbols of nature. Black and brick colors are used.

Laguna Pueblo Pottery

Acoma Pueblo Pottery

Taos,  Picuris, and Isleta Pueblos create pottery from micaceous clay.
Mica is a shining mineral that is also found in adobe buildings.

Taos Pueblo

Picuris Pueblo

Although similar in color to Acoma and Laguna Pueblos,
the Zuni Pueblo uses it's own patterns and designs.

Zuni Pueblo

Zuni Pueblo

The Jemez Pueblo utilizes a red-slipped pottery with buff,
white, red or black designs.

While pottery was once a practical daily use item that could be offered in trade,
Pueblo pottery has reached the status of fine art with modern and historical
museum quality pieces cared for in museums and private collections.

Somewhere in between quality ancient historical pieces, pieces made by famous
artists of an earlier era, and the tourist quality pottery that can be collected for a more
affordable price, there are collector's pieces that can be found in homes
across the southwest, adorning tables and the edges of the kiva fireplace.

Find the piece that will fit in your budget and your suitcase,
and you will have a fine souvenir of New Mexico.

San Felipe de Neri Church

August 10,  2013
The San Felipe de Neri Church
was founded in 1706.
It is the heart of Old Town Albuquerque, 
which contains the church, the old governor's building,
and a collection of Route 66 type souvenir shops and restaurants
gathered around a central plaza.

 In order for the earliest Spanish settlers to claim the region for Albuquerque,
they had to meet certain requirements.
One of those requirements was to establish a Catholic church.

The original town was built around this religious and political center.

It has continued to be an active Catholic parish with regular services
and a center for Albuquerque culture and activity in Old Town.

Sanctuario de Chimayo

March 14, 2013

The Sancturio de Chimayo is a historic mission church
in the mountains of northern New Mexico
in between Taos and  Santa Fe.

After a miraculous occurrence at this location around 1813,
Bernardo Abeyta requested to build a chapel.
The current chapel was erected in 1816.
In 1929, it was purchased from the Abeyta family
by private citizens and turned over to the Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

Photographs are no longer allowed inside,
but the old, adobe chapel is heavily adorned
with regional folk art style painting of the saints.

A room to the side has a hole that always contains "holy dirt".
Visitors as well as the faithful are invited to take a pinch of the 
dirt as they pray for miracles of healing,
which appear to be well documented by the collection
of crutches, photographs and rosaries left along the wall.

Every Easter weekend, devoted families and individuals
walk many miles along the highway to the Sanctuario.
They bring their prayers and faith for healing, 
and to give thanks for what God has given.

Once they arrive,
they wait in long lines to enter the chapel.
Family members waiting with cars
drive them home after their long walk.

For local Catholics and visitors to the chapel of miracles
and healing, Chimayo is both a historic treasure
and a revered place of spiritual mystery and faith.

Taos Pueblo

June 23, 2013

Taos Pueblo is one of the many historic villages
established by the native Pueblo people in New Mexico.
It has long been a popular tourist destination,
providing visitors with an experience of an ancient,
tribal culture in New Mexico.

The Northern Pueblo

Pueblo Shop

Horno Baking Ovens

Despite it's reputation as an ancient culture,
the Pueblo people walk between two worlds.
They live in modern homes on or off the reservation,
have an active tribal government,
and are involved in life in the Taos community and beyond.

Pat Romero

Taos Blue Lake Anniversary 2010

Taos Blue Lake Anniversary 2010

Taos Pueblo Pow-Wow

Taos Pueblo Pow-Wow

How strange and beautiful the Pueblo people
must have seemed to the early tourists!

Taos Pueblo Vintage Postcard

Taos Pueblo Vintage Postcard

Did you know that Taos is not the only Pueblo in New Mexico?
There is more to see and learn with each Pueblo having its own history
as well as the shared history of all of the Pueblos!
There are 3 language groups, a collection of shared ceremonies,
and a diverse artistic style among the Pueblos!
There is more to see in New Mexico!

Destination: Route 66 New Mexico!

It is time for a Route 66 road trip!
Hop in and join us for a New Mexico adventure!

In 1926, Route 66 traveled north through Santa Fe
before heading south into Albuquerque
and curving west toward Arizona.

In 1937, a defiant Governor A.T.  Hannet lost the vote for re-election.
Before the end of his term, he had reconstructed
Route 66 to bypass Santa Fe.
The reconstructed Route 66 became Central Ave through Albuquerque.
The I-40 Interstate later followed the path of Route 66 through New Mexico.

Central Ave, Albuquerque

Albuquerque is now the only place in the U.S.
where Route 66 intersects itself.
4th Street is pre-1937 Route 66,
and Central is post-1937.

Central Ave, Albuquerque

This historic location is now the site for trendy shops
and restaurants.

Now that you've arrived,
come discover The Land of Enchantment!