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Title: Acoma Pottery

Author(s): Southwest Crossroads Spotlight

Acoma pottery in the past and today.

From earliest times, Pueblo Indian potters have made ceramic pots for practical daily use. Pueblo people carried, cooked, and stored water and food in pottery. They also used it for ceremonial purposes. The exceptional quality of Acoma pottery made i...

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Title: Desert Wife

Author(s): Hilda Faunce (Author)

Hilda Faunce writes about her life at a trading post before the first World War (1914-1918). In this passage, she describes a terrible smallpox epidemic on the reservation.

I never should have supposed I could be calm in a smallpox epidemic. It came upon us suddenly and almost immediately dozens of our friends and customers were dead. The Indians came to the post with their bodies covered with sores; they lay down o...

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Title: Catholic Treasure

Source(s): High Lonesome: The Vanishing American West

Author(s): Dayton Lummis (Author)

Poem describing buried treasure that Spanish colonists and Conquistadores are said to have left in the bootheel region of NM.

The creaking of the windmill, rhythmic splash of water into the brimming tank— the only sounds in the desert, a place called “High Lonesome;” down in the Bootheel, in the shadow of Animas Peak, the old boy smiled and said, “Catho...

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Title: The Streets of Juárez: Tarahumaran Women

Source(s): Dark and Perfect Angels

Author(s): Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Author)

Poet Benjamin Alire Sáenz writes about the Tarahumaran women who beg in the streets of Juarez along the U.S.-Mexico border.

1991. The Streets of Juárez: Tarahumaran Women They sit, ubiquitous, more numerous than mangos at the market. These women raise their children on the street—raise them To the dawn from their ungiving beds (cement is hard but it is free). ...

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Title: The Girl You Left Behind

Source(s): Dark and Perfect Angels

Author(s): Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Author)

Buried him deep, you and she. No priest to rub the oils on his skin. No sacraments, no prayers from the book, no sacred songs to fling him into heaven. The shovel, heavy as you dug—you and she—heavy as the grief your black eyes kept. With...

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