“Santo Domingo Pueblo Stereoview, ca. 1900”
by Unidentified (Photographer)
The stereoview was a popular form of photography—an early attempt to create a virtual reality. They were viewed through a special stereoscope that merged the two slightly different photographs into one three-dimensional image. “Santo Domingo Pueblo Stereoview, ca. 1900,” Unidentified (Photographer)
The text of the following stereoview comes from the back of the photo itself. It reflects the prevailing view of the Southwest and its inhabitants held by the majority Anglo population at that time—the turn of the last century.
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Santo Domingo is an interesting and old-fashioned pueblo, built on the east bank of the Rio Grande, in New Mexico. In the four broad and dirty streets may be seen the huge outdoor ovens shown in the picture, often with heaps of firewood piled near them. There are also kilns for firing the pottery made by the women. In both kilns and ovens the village dogs find a warm bed after the bread has been drawn; but that is not objectionable to an Indian stomach; it merely adds a flavor to the next batch. “Santo Domingo Pueblo, ca. 1900,” Unidentified (Photographer)You’ll need 3-D glasses to view this Anaglyph image. Don’t have a pair? Request 3-D glasses right away!
In the pueblo is a great circular-walled “kiva,” or underground ceremonial house, and an old Spanish church. A great festival is held on August 4th, to which crowds come from far and near. The performances, given by over 300 picturesquely dressed men, women, and children, besides fifty musicians, last all day, and provide finishing touches to three days of secret rites. The dances are very complicated, and are given with wonderful rhythm and precision.
One feature of the show is the clowns or “delight-makers.” They cause as much fun as any white man's circus-clown, as, with faces and bodies smeared with paint, and hair entwined with rustling corn-husks, they come bounding into the plaza and start playing all kinds of pranks. They will sit in a circle and pretend to be watching some wonderful thing in their midst; then, when curious visitors come close, and crane their necks to look over in, they throw clouds of dust in their eyes.
One wonders how this picture was secured, for the Santo Domingo folk, as a rule, do not like having their pictures taken.