September 11, 2005 |
VISITORS to Santa Fe, N.M., can spirit home a bit of Indian tradition in the palms of their hands. Zuni fetishes, tiny stone carvings in the shapes of animals, are believed to summon each creature's traits within its owner. Snakes help discard old habits and views, for instance. Bears assist in healing, and frogs bring fertility. Part of the Zuni culture for more than 1,000 years, fetishes continue to be crafted at the Zuni Pueblo in western New Mexico.
March 18, 1987 |
Washington's Smithsonian Institution has returned two sacred war gods taken from the Zuni Indians in the 1800s. The sacred Ahayu:Da figures were returned during a quiet weekend ceremony. Since 1978, the Zuni Pueblo tribe has sought the return of at least 70 objects. "We mentioned to the museum that we do not care to get everything back that museums carry which were taken off our lands, but just those things that are really important to our people," Zuni Gov. Robert Lewis said.
August 16, 1993 |
BURRO NEWS: When the Feds first rounded up "excess" wild burros on public rangelands, they offered the critters for adoption as pets. But then officials learned from Ute and Zuni Indians that burros--while often thought of as stubborn and stupid--are like grizzled junkyard dogs when it comes to keeping coyotes and foxes away from sheep. So now the Bureau of Land Management is besieged by ranchers seeking burros.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2003 |
Joe Skeen, the blunt-talking sheep rancher who often irked environmentalists by championing agrarian causes during his 22 years in Congress, died Sunday night after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 76. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat who had served in Congress with -- and often against -- Republican Skeen, called him "a vintage New Mexican." "He loved the land and represented New Mexico's rural lifestyle with great skill," Richardson said.
July 26, 1992 |
THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DANGEROUS: Encounters with the Zuni Indians by Barbara Tedlock (Viking: $23; 336 pp.). Look at the Zuni reservation in New Mexico from a dirt roadside and you will see rudimentary shelter on arid land: rusty old trucks parked next to stone houses on rangeland desiccated in the 19th Century by damming and denuded of juniper, sagebrush and pinon in the 20th by land management programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1996 |
When the rains first stopped, Michael Dalton was not worried. Like Hopi farmers a thousand years before, he would figure a way to rouse life in the thirsty desert soil. Nine months later, Dalton sits in his kitchen and cries. The window frames a parched range that seems yellow forever, interrupted only by patches of brittle scrub and the occasional cattle carcass. The Southwestern drought has hit all farmers hard, leaving many unable to feed their livestock and their families.