Zuni Pueblo

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Oct 26, 2010

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Being so close we decided to visit one more pueblo, the Zuni Pueblo. As we entered Zuni there were tents set up at the edge of town and an arts fair scheduled for the day with dancers and that intrigued us.  Tribal members were selling their jewelry and pottery, there were a couple of local farm vendors, Navajo tacos, roasted corn and fresh baked bread, a pick-up truck filled with melons set up in the parking lot of the Visitor Center.

We looked at the crafts and talked to a few of the vendors; we did not walk away empty handed.  Nancy spoke with a couple of teenaged brothers who were in the infancy of their art.  They were working with glass and doing really quite lovely etchings of native symbols and cards.  It was quite obvious from the conversation that they enjoy what they are doing and happy to talk about the process and the designs.  We purchased a small glass dish with the hummingbird design. 

Another woman who was displaying her jewelry, gorgeous designs but a bit out of our price range talked about her sons now beginning to take an interest.  She is teaching them but insists that they come up with their own designs, which they have done.  Nancy purchased earrings for her granddaughters that the woman's son had designed. 

We arranged for our tour of the pueblo and were entertained by a small group of dancers in their native dress while we waited.

We were driven to the Middle Village of the pueblo for the tour and happy to have seen the Acoma and Taos Pueblos first.  The old ways are still alive those two pueblos and it gave us a sense of the past.  In Zuni, the contrast was acceptance of modern amenities, electricity and satellite dishes were alive and well, a choice the members of the pueblo have made.

We ended the day in Gallup NM.  Driving through town we spotted a diner, parking lot filled with cars – a good sign.  Earl's Family Diner "since 1947" the sign said so we pulled in to the crowded parking lot for an early dinner.  Outside the restaurant vendors lined one wall of the building displaying an array of pottery and jewelry.  Inside we were greeted and taken to our table where we noticed that the friendly diner was filled with locals.  What was unusual about Earl’s was that the vendors were welcomed inside and went from table to table offering their wares.  We felt we were on a merry-go-round with the vendors circling but they were not at all intrusive as they worked the circuit going from table to table and were quite polite.  It was an interesting experience and the meal was good old-fashioned home cooking.


Back at the camp we called the balloon company in Sedona, hoping to get through to arrange a flight for Wednesday.  Success!  

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