Volcanoes in The American Southwest

In the news, we often see stories of volcanic eruptions along the Pacific Ocean “Ring of Fire,” or in areas like the Big Island of Hawaii or Iceland, where active volcanoes continue to bring fiery magma to the surface and devastate the surrounding land. We don’t often hear about volcanoes in the American Southwest, as … Read More

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Glass – A “New” Sculptural Media for Native American Artists

Glass blowing is not a particularly new art form. In fact, historians can trace the origin of modern glass blowing back two thousand years or more, starting in the Middle East and throughout the Mediterranean civilizations. Even earlier, glass beads were created almost 5000 years ago on the subcontinent of India. There are two main … Read More

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The Zia Sun Symbol

The State of New Mexico has a somewhat unusual State flag, in that it consists solely of a yellow background with the Zia sun symbol on it. I can’t think of another State that has only a single Native American symbol adorning its flag. The history of this symbol goes back many thousands of years, … Read More

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A Gala Night With The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

For the past seventeen years, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe has hosted an Indian Market called Native Treasures. Each year, they select a prominent Native American artist as a Living Treasure, and honor that person with an individual exhibit. In normal years, a small group of outstanding Native American … Read More

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The Graceful Art of Hoop Dancing

A few weeks ago, Michael and I loaded Tanner the fluffy puppy into our SUV and headed down to the Santa Fe Plaza for a hoop dancing exhibition. The group, headed by eminent Hopi jeweler Steve LaRance and his son Cree LaRance, agreed to a performance for tourists and locals alike. The dancers were learning … Read More