Thursday, February 23, 2012
TAOS PUEBLO ~~ NATIVE AMERICAN~~ SONG AND DANCE
This photo is of the current Taos Pueblo Council between their people and the US
In my travels within the South West states in the US my favorite state is New Mexico. The two cities I love the most in New Mexico are Santa Fe and Taos Pueblo. Although all of New Mexico is rich with Native American history, these two cities inspire me the most when it comes to Native American heritage, especially Taos Pueblo. Arizona is another, primarily for Sedona the Native history and of coarse it's vortexes.
Native Americans have a detailed oral history which is not divulged due to religious privacy. Archaeologists say that ancestors of the Taos Indians lived in this valley long before Columbus discovered America and hundreds of years before Europe emerged from the Dark Ages. Ancient ruins in the Taos Valley indicate the Native Americans lived here nearly 1000 years ago. The main part of the present buildings were most likely constructed between 1000 and 1450 A.D. The appeared much as they do today when the first Spanish explorers arrived in Northern New Mexico in 1540 and believed that the Pueblo was one of the fabled golden cities of Cibola. The two structures called Hlauuma (north house) and Hlaukwima (south house) are said to be of similar age. They are considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the USA.
The Pueblo Indians are about 90% Catholic. Catholicism is practiced along with the ancient Indian religious rites which are an important part of Taos Pueblo life. The Pueblo religion is very complex; however, there is no conflict with the Catholic church, as evidenced by the prominent presence of both church and Kiva in the village.
Often in Native American rituals and concerts references are made of ancestors and their traditional story telling and images carved in nearby caves, etc.
As my previous post made reference to Song, music and dance, the Native Americans shared their stories with their sacred flute and dance. Their dress was also intentional with their spirituality.
I share with you two videos with Robert Mirabal ( A well known Native American song writer and singer) singing a dong called "Ee you Oo" from a painted cave and "little Indians"
Music and dance as an inspiration for one's soul is unsurpassed by most conduits in our everyday life. Both body and soul are charged with positive energy.
May we as one people with various backgrounds come together as one spirit for the good of mankind!
Love and Peace for all!