Monday, December 11, 2017

Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans

Apache Chief James A. Garfield,
1899 (Library of Congress)

(Santa Fe New Mexican) "Athabaskan” is a word every New Mexican should know. Here’s why: Athabaskan is a family of languages spoken all around the state by its Apache- and Navajo-speaking tribal members.
Beyond the Southwest, the tribes who use the Athabaskan language stretch as far as the North Pole. Continued

It hasn't rained in awhile

Just sayin'

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Country Churches: Mountainair UMC

Dan Blocker

(Wikipedia) Bobby Dan Davis Blocker (December 10, 1928 – May 13, 1972) was an American television actor and Korean War veteran. He is best remembered for his role as Hoss Cartwright in the NBC Western television series Bonanza.
Blocker was born Bobby Dan Davis Blocker in De Kalb, Bowie County, Texas, son of Ora "Shack" Blocker (1895–1960) and his wife Mary Arizona Blocker, née Davis (1901–1998).
The family moved to O'Donnell, south of Lubbock in West Texas, where they operated a store. Continued

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Old House 109

A little north of Bellview, New Mexico

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Painting at
Our Lady of Guadalupe
RC Church, Clovis, NM
(Wikipedia) Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe), also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe (Spanish: Virgen de Guadalupe), is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with a venerated image enshrined within the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The basilica is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, and the world's third most-visited sacred site. Pope Leo XIII granted the venerated image a Canonical Coronation on 12 October 1895.
Official Catholic accounts state that the Virgin Mary appeared four times before Juan Diego and one more before Juan Diego's uncle. According to these accounts the first apparition occurred on the morning of December 9, 1531, when a native Mexican peasant named Juan Diego saw a vision of a maiden at a place called the Hill of Tepeyac, which would become part of Villa de Guadalupe, a suburb of Mexico City. Speaking to Juan Diego in his native Nahuatl language (the language of the Aztec empire), the maiden identified herself as the Virgin Mary, "mother of the very true deity" and asked for a church to be built at that site in her honor. Continued

Friday, December 8, 2017

Why historic preservation is important to future tourism

Paradise Motel Café, Tucumcari, New Mexico
(Route 66 News) ... The consultant, showing unusual candor, laid out the fact Joplin remains at a competitive disadvantage with Route 66 tourism because of its lack of historic properties.
The city of Edmond, Oklahoma, seeking to market itself to Route 66 travelers some years ago, discovered this shortcoming. It’s hard to keep historic-minded tourists if no historic properties exist.
Once a historic property is torn down because of redevelopment, you can’t get it back. Continued

Yeso, New Mexico

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Willa Cather

(UNL) Remembered for her depictions of pioneer life in Nebraska, Willa Cather established a reputation for giving breath to the landscape of her fiction. Sensitive to the mannerisms and phrases of the people who inhabited her spaces, she brought American regions to life through her loving portrayals of individuals within local cultures.
Cather believed that the artist's materials must come from impressions formed before adolescence. Drawing from her childhood in Nebraska, Cather brought to national consciousness the beauty and vastness of the western plains. She was able to evoke this sense of place for other regions as well, including the Southwest, Virginia, France, and Quebec.
Born Wilella Cather on December 7, 1873 (she would later answer to "Willa"), she spent the first nine years of her life in Back Creek, Virginia, before moving with her family to Catherton, Nebraska in April of 1883. Continued

Lone Longhorn

We found this beautiful creature hanging around Nara Visa, New Mexico.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Was Kit Carson truly the king of the trappers?

(Paul Andrew Hutton) A large rodent determined the destiny of Kit Carson, the Mountain Men and much of the American West. The North American beaver, the second-largest rodent in the world, along with its Eurasian cousin, was prized for its luxurious fur. Beaver pelts, useful in manufacturing malleable felts for hats, were prized throughout Europe, with the industry centralized in Russia from the 15th century onward. Continued

Santo, Manzano, New Mexico


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ann Nolan Clark

(Wikipedia) Ann Nolan Clark, born Anna Marie Nolan (December 5, 1896 – December 13, 1995) was an American writer who won the 1953 Newbery Medal. Born in Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1896, Clark graduated from New Mexico Normal School New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas at age 21, and married Thomas Patrick Clark on August 6, 1919.
... Clark found that the underfunded Tesuque School couldn’t afford any substantial instructional material. In the process of teaching the children about literature, she incorporated their voices and stories to write In My Mother's House, and other books for the 1st to 4th grade one-room schoolhouse. She writes about this process, and about her travels to many parts of Central and South America, in her adult nonfiction book, Journey to the People. Continued

Monday, December 4, 2017

Breaking stereotypes of the Apaches

 Apache Ambush by Frederic Remington
The Apaches fared poorly in both Hollywood and historic records.
Stereotyped as violent, vicious raiders who killed both settlers and tribal people, they have been largely ignored, even in New Mexico.
“Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans,” opening at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on Dec. 10, aims to change that perception. Continued