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Zuni Pueblo
 
Zuni Pueblo
English Pronunciation: "Zoo-nee"
Traditional Name: SHE-WE-NA
Two routes, both scenic:
I-40, 78 miles west of Albuquerque to exit 81, south/southwest 76 miles on NM 53.
I-40, 138 miles west of Albuquerque to exit 20, south on NM 602, jct in 33 miles with NM 53, then 10 miles southwest on NM 53. | 505-782-4481 | www.ashiwi.org

A Zuni Legend tells the story of the parrot and the crow, each of whom presents and egg to the Zuni women to decide which one they will keep.

The women choose the egg of the crow because of its wonderful turquoise color. The Zuni love of color is reflected everywhere in the3ir daily lives, as well as in their ceremonies.

Especially noticeable is the quality of the widely acclaimed jewelry they produce, fashioned of turquoise, shell and jet set in silver in intricate mosaic or inlay patterns.

The mosaic is made by laying one stone next to another with no silver in between, while the inlaid or channel work surrounds the individual stone with silver.

They are also known for fine beadwork, making belts and necklaces and even figures of beads. Zuni artisans carve exquisite animal fetishes from translucent shell.

While comparatively little pottery is made by Zuni craftsmen, they have a tradition of beautiful work in clay and still use their work in ceremonies.

The murals of Alex Seowtewa in the Mission Church of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in the plaza of the Pueblo are remarkable examples of Indian painting oat its best.

They depict the history and the culture of the Zuni people and demonstrate once more the Zuni genius in the use of color.

The church itself is a good example of traditional Pueblo architecture.

One of the most famous of the Kachina dances, Shalako, is held every December in the Zuni Pueblo, to celebrate the end of the old and the beginning of the New Year, and to bless all of the houses of the Pueblo erected during the year.

The costumes of the dancers are unsurpassed in color and design.

This ceremony, which begins with a ritual crossing of the small river which runs through the Pueblo and then makes its way through all the streets, takes most of the night.

People from all over the country and even foreign countries come to see this impressive spectacle.

There are other occasions when visitors may see the Zuni dances: in June, the Rain Dance and in August there are a number of events during the McKinley County Fair, which is held at the Pueblo.

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