This is my final check in on the NCC Blog from what is now called Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santa Fe is on occupied Tewa (Pueblo) land and sits where a Pueblo village, called Oga Pogeh Owingeh (White Shell Water Place), was before European colonization. I am here working with Cornerstones Community Partnerships, an organization that restores historic adobe buildings around the greater Southwest. Gearing up for projects in summer, we have been hosting community adobe brick-making events. We are inviting the public to make bricks with us to be a part of the restorations in Northern New Mexico.
Setting up for the event.
Here are some images of San Rafael Church in La Cueva, NM that Cornerstones restored years ago.
I also recently had the opportunity to travel to some important adobe structures around the Southwest, including Siwañ Wa’a Ki: (O’odham for name for Casa Grande) in Arizona. This Hokoham site was a huge center for trade in the region for over a thousand years before 1450 AD. Macaws from now-called Southern Mexico and Belize were traded through here for turquoise from now-called Arizona and New Mexico.
Images of Casa Grande in Arizona.
In addition to visiting Arcosanti in Arizona and working with Cornerstones in both California and New Mexico, I have been working on a body of artwork of my own and a publication of my writing. This body of work is in progress, but has included working with earthen materials and researching extractive industries in the US West. Thank you, Issac