Where do we go from here?
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Friday we had a power breakfast in order to last through what had the possibility of being a long day; and drove west on I40 to the pueblo of Laguna for the big spring feast day, March 19, Feast of St. Joseph. Joseph is the patron saint of the pueblo, and all the villages belonging to this pueblo come together to celebrate with dancing and feasting on this day. My partner, Gail, works with a woman who is from the pueblo, and she, her daughter and mother were to be dancing in the festivities. The idea of Catholic saints as patrons of the pueblos is perhaps startling to many, but is really no different than what happened all over the Old World when missionaries started converting the tribes and peoples of those times and places: a rich mixture of ancient spirituality was taken in and became part of the new Christian religion. There is currently an exhibit at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center here in Albuquerque that features this tradition here in New Mexico: Saints of the Pueblos will be on display through next year and is worth a couple of visits.
The santero, Charles M. Carrillo, who created the retablos in the exhibit mentioned above also has a book by the same name as the exhibit, Saints of the Pueblos, where he explores this topic in depth. I think I may have to buy it and get a little better informed on the Pueblos and their Santos. There will be more feast days ahead, and hopefully once we retire ((soon, very very soon) we can have the time to explore many more of them.