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Pilgrimage to ChimayoEl Camino Real

Dios (God) and the spokesperson of our spiritual deities met east of our village. They talked for a long time and then decided to have a contest to decide whose ways were stronger. They first made food. Our corn meal lasted much longer in the stomach than their flour tortillas. Next they sang and danced. Our dances brought the rain to the fields and their bailas (dances) left them weakened and hung over. As each contest was waged, the Spanish people saw that our ways were strong and that to survive they would have to learn from us. Spanish people who have long lived near us share our ways. The greatest compliment to give them is to say, "You are generous of heart and know how to share your food."
Carlotta Penny Bird
Santo Domingo Pueblo
from the exhibit "Here, Now and Always"
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Museum of New Mexico
COMING SOON | Historical information for travelers on New Mexico's central region, the corridor called El Camino Real and Jornado del Muerto, from El Paso del Norte and La Mesilla to Santa Fe and Taos. The report will include Socorro and the Bosque del Apache, as well as Valley of Fires, the Gila and the Plains of San Augustin.

More references to include: Pancho Villa State Park
Ruins at Pecos, Jemez and Bandelier
Paquime Ruins at Casas Grandes, Chih., Mexico
Plains of San Augustin
Lincoln State Monument
Old Route 66

/Stay tuned, more to come.

Also, see the King's Road and Southeast Arizona.

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--Mark D. Lacy





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