|Taos Pueblo (a World Heritage site) is one of 19 Pueblo communities|
|Blue skies and monsoon clouds in summer|
The scenery is world-class (one of the reasons why they film so many movies and TV here), the culture is interesting and diverse (primarily Spanish, Native American, Western), the food is unique and delicious (we grow the best green chile in the world), there are outdoor activities for everyone 365 days a year (skiing, biking, hiking, mountain-climbing, white water rafting, hot-air ballooning, fishing, hunting, camping...just to name a few), there is world class art (public art, performing arts, studios and galleries) everywhere and a long history of world-class artists who came to live here (like DH Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, R.C. Gorman, Ernest Blumenschein).
|"On the Old Santa Fe Road" by Georgia O'Keeffe|
There were over a thousand booths with the work of Native American artists from over 220 U.S. Federally recognized tribes and First Nations' Tribes (Canada) displaying Jewelry, Pottery, Sculpture, Textiles, Paintings, Wooden Carvings (Kachinas), Bead Work, Baskets and Diverse Arts.
There were food vendors selling everything from roasted corn to Indian Tacos. There are free performances by dancers and musicians. I especially enjoyed Sihasin, a brother and sister performing modern rock music on themes of the protection of the earth and traditions. Many of their songs include traditional Navajo singing with their father:
I heard a voice call out "Vicki" and there was 9 year old Dwayne Keith standing in the roasted corn line. He told me where to find my friends Maria and Nacho from Santo Domingo (now Kewa) Pueblo, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Indian Market is a family affair.
I purchased some beautiful turquoise and silver earrings from a Dine (Navajo) artist.
Then I found a lovey unique pot by a Zuni artist that had little frogs jumping around the pot. I purchased it for my home.
|Pot by Zuni artist, Agnes Peynetsa|
|I loved this piece|