Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
According to the above New York Times article, Congress has sold native lands to a group outside the United States.
Native Apaches use this land in Arizona for ceremonies as young girls advance to womanhood.
On the wall the Inn of the Mountain Gods in New Mexico, I photographed an image of a young Mescalero Apache woman. The rite of passage takes place on her reservation in New Mexico.
A girl's family often prepare a year in advance for the four day ceremony, and it usually takes around July 4. The relatives secure dancers, singers, medicine men and women, and of course the ceremonial dress is important. Kinfolk provide free food, parades and sell art treasures. This event is sacred to the young women and the tribe.
Haven't we taken enough from our native peoples without stealing more from them?
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
I've been away from home for a few days, and you probably wonder if I ever returned to Texas. I did, but I wanted to share a few more details about our trip to New Mexico.
If you haven't experienced the Inn of the Mountain Gods near Ruidoso, NM, you've missed a treat.
At that date, the Apaches had dwindled to a small number. We were told by an Mescalero hotel official that the government thought they would eventually become extinct on the land. They survived by hunting antelope and deer in the mountains—killing only what they needed. Wild plants, nuts, berries, and seeds provided extra nourishment.
Today, three sub-tribes make up the Apaches: Mescalero, Lipan and Chiricahua. Among the famous warriors and chiefs, you'll hear names like Geronimo and Cochise. I love the quote on the back of the history pamphlet we found at the resort.
Monday, July 13, 2015
We drove through the town, parked and strolled through the gift shops. I bought my sister a birthday present at one. I can't tell you what it is...she might read this before the gift arrives in the mail.
We bought a light meal to take back to the room to eat on the patio. We soaked in the view...even enjoyed sitting there during a brief shower.
I'll tell you more about the place and food later. Do you like arm chair traveling?
The info about the Mescalero Apache tribe is interesting too. come back and I'll share a bit about them.
Friday, July 10, 2015
We enjoyed our visit. The breakfast on Monday was delicious and the rooms clean. If I lived there, I'd attend the church. Hubby and I would fit right it. We don't know much about the Internet...these people are bound to know more than us. I'm sure the members were as nice as the man who spoke to us. West Texas is a friendly place, and we liked Brownfield. We plan to go back again...maybe next year. We drove due west on 380 to Roswell.
In Roswell, NM, we stopped at the UFO museum. Back in the 1940's, one supposedly crashed near the town site and our government covered it up. If true, I'm sure the reason was to prevent panic. I emailed a friend who once pastored in the area and asked him what he saw. He said, "I've pastored a few aliens in my life, but never seen the ones on the UFO." He's such a character.
Do you suppose Sarah would enjoy finding a mate for an alien from another planet? Hmmmm. Something to think about.
Sarah found a partner for Carolyn Baker on a cruise ship. And she had to do it while fighting an evil spirit. Merciful heavens! Maybe she should try a new planet in the cosmos. What do you think? But right now, please read her latest adventure.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Paul’s family grows smaller. His mother gave birth to twelve children. Can you imagine her work load? I can’t either. I find myself grateful these days for smaller families. Out of the dozen, Paul is one of the younger ones among the six remaining siblings.
Cousins are pictured below.
Several of us sat in the judges seats. What a blast.
We visited the Starr Family Home.