I was just thinking this morning what Enspires Me ? Not just today but all of my days. My Culture and my People. I come from a very small village in the South West of New Mexico – Cochiti Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo from my Mother’s side. I grew up there till I was 5 years old and then my Family moved to Germany because my Father was in the Air Force and we relocated when I started Kindergarden. I got to see the world at a young age. Which I am completely Thankful for because it showed me all possibilities of this world and all the cultures that have some very valuable knowledge to share with us all. I was the only child of my Family that got to experience that way of life back at home in my village and it has been with me ever since and now I will be passing on our ways of life to my son and daughter as they continue to grow.
I remember specifically right before we left to move to Germany that I got to dance for our Feast day in Cochiti. It was something that I always remembered and yearned for ever since and it wasn’t till I was 28 that I got to dance again. It saved my life and my spirit ….
As I look back now there was a time in my life where I was immensely angry that I was not able to go back home as much as I wanted to when I was younger because we lived so far away but now as I’ve grown to be a Mother I know now that I have that choice to make sure this will not be repeated through my family. Now my kids will always have that with them as they continue to grow. I feel blessed to be a part of this very small community of people who continue to survive and persevere in any situation. Plus I’m super excited to go back home this summer dance for our Feast day “It’s time to Rest and Renew my Spirit”.
If you would like to know more about the 19 Pueblos check out the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque New Mexico.
Hold on to what is good,
Even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it’s a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it’s easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I’ll be gone away from you.
Pueblo Indian Proverb
This Place Knows Us
“We have learned from our ancestors how to honor the land. As Pueblo people we carry on what our ancestors have taught us. Their songs, stories, and spirits are part of this landscape, and we are the continuation of the story.”– Affiliated Pueblo Committee
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