Back in 2002, I was traveling out to White Sands Missile Range almost monthly working on a major contract recompete, In May of that year, instead of my traveling back to Washington to celebrate my birthday, Diane flew out to meet me in New Mexico. We spent a week together touring all over the state, It was a wonderful memory. One of our favorite stops on that trip was Albuquerque.. While there we rented a Harley and rode on Route 66, visited Madrid, N.M. and spent time in Santa Fe. We had a ball! On our return to Albuquerque, we wanted to focus more on the Indian culture and art of the region,.
Once 19 great tribes ruled a nation that stretched from new Mexico to Colorado and Arizona. This was the people we know today as the Pueblo Indians. This museum is a testament to their culture and an important part of their fight to preserve it.
We had a fantastic time at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center seeing their art, learning about their customs, even eating indigenous nations food in the museum café. A real highlight was seeing almost an hour of live performances of traditional native dances by the Oak Canyon Dance Group from the pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico. We hope you enjoy these pictures of their art including their dance.
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After our time at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Diane and I went to the Albuquerque Old Town arts district. We visited several shops. This is not "Indian style" knock offs made in China. The galleries here carry the work of current artists and buy new pieces each week. Many of the things you see are award winning and museum quality. We've included pictures of some of the really impressive pieces we saw. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Thanks for riding with us!
Ancient peoples didn't do blog posts to communicate their ideas. Instead they scratched images onto the face of rocks. Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque, NM is one of the best places to see examples of this ancient art form. We went there on our second day in Albuquerque. We hope you enjoy these pictures.
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There is something special about the West. Inside cities you can only see what humankind has built. Inside forests, you see Nature in terms of animals and trees, but you don’t see far. In the vast open expanses of the West, you literally see horizon to horizon with only the curvature of the earth or perhaps far away mesas and mountains limiting your view. The vegetation is minimal. You see every feature of the land. Not only is size bigger. So is time. What you see – the land, America itself - operates on geologic not human time. As you begin to understand how big and timeless America is, you also begin to understand how small and transitory each of us are. The day-to-day problems and conflicts that so fill up our lives are put into perspective. Like the ancient people, you become more focused on your place in the universe instead of thinking that you are the center of the universe. This certainly proved true for us at Petrified Forest National Park. I’ve written a companion essay on this issue in the Blog page entitled “Geological Not Human Time.” Check it out when you have a chance. In the meantime, Diane and I hope you enjoy these pictures.
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