Posts Tagged ‘pueblos’

Angelo J. Sandoval
©8.30.14

The search for indeginous
identity roots
My journey has been
full of adventure.
I search the spiritual
en mi querido Norté.

I traveled to Alcatraz Island,
celebrating sunrise ceremonies
antepasados making there
presence known
as Father Sun breaks over the horizon,
Grandmother Moon slowly begins
her decent in to the ocean’s horizon.

The beauty of the Morning Star
Came to bless us with love prayer
trails to the ancestors in the other world.

I search for a story which has been
lost to the winds of time.
names of sacred spaces unknown
Spanish corrupted names
leave my mind wondering
wondering where
where did they go?
Why did they go?
No answers.

Adventure seeks me out
Visiting ancient ruins
of a forgotten city.

Lost to the winds of time
reasons why,
why an ancient city was left behind.
I found peace at the ruins site.

For once the unknown
became, ok.
I came to a place labelled, ruins.

Narrated videos of dependents
of ancient people remind us,
These spaces are not ruins,
they are home to ancestor spirits.

I enter sacred space, the Great Kiva.
The energy of ancient peoples are
ever present,
I make two visits in to this sacred space.
I close my eyes and daydream of lost
Alto Huachín Kiva,
lost sacred space
lost stories of creation, love, family, and the beyond.

One more piece of the puzzle found,
yet it doesn’t find its fitted place in my
people’s lost history.

Sacred space, the Great Kiva
your gift of sacred space will
live in my heart till the end of my days.
Entering your sacred space without
the need of a card to prove my lost
indigenous identity,
Your sacred space gave healing
to a lost soul.

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The photo were taken at Aztec Ruins National Park in Aztec, New Mexico.

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Introduction by Patricia Vigil:

1st Annual MSPI Dance for Life Pow wow- (Dance for Life = Celebration of life)

Our goal: To provide an authentic Native American festive experience blended with the need for information on suicide prevention. Awareness, Self-esteem building, community pride and love for Native culture and tradition.
*The beat of the drum symbolizes the heartbeat of mother earth, a celebration of life.

Patricia Vigil
MSPI/DVPI Project Coordinator
Circle Of Life-Behavioral Health Network

Reflection by Dr. Patricia Trujillo, faculty at NNMC:

It’s amazing how a gym can be transformed into a sacred space, but on the night of the First Annual Dance for Life Pow Wow at NNMC, that’s precisely what happened. As I was sitting on the bleachers, I commented to my friend that the drum is about feeling and filling – a shared heartbeat that fills each of us as we build community together. We know drumming in many ways here in northern New Mexico, but Pow Wow drumming connects me to the time that I spent in the Midwest. Pow Wows are Intertribal gatherings where even though there might be a host drum, all drummers and dancers are welcomed to participate. It’s a calling of circles. It was great to have that energy here at Northern, because it signifies our larger calling to community with a dedication to health and healing, it is my sincere hope that this pow wow continues for years to come.

Reflection by Dr. Matthew J. Martinez, facility at NNMC:

Shadeh is the Tewa word for dance. This literally translates to be in the act of getting up, waking up. By dancing one awakens. This goes beyond our known human existence. As one prepares to dance it is common practice while handling eagle and macaw feathers, drums and rattles that all items are given a breath. A breath to bring life, respect and all the manifestations of energies that consume who we are as people, rocks, mountains and animals. Whether one was a dancer or not this evening, this Pow Wow served as a gathering space for strength and healing.