Laguna Pueblo Tribe essays
I have traveled through many of the states of this fine country.I have met many wonderful people from different cultures.I can remember a group of people from my travels through New Mexico most.They were an Indian tribe called Laguna Pueblo tribe.
Ifirst met a few members of this tribe at a rest area along interstate 40, in the town of Laguna.They had a few stands along the rest area selling different items that they make by hand.Many of the items were breath taking to the point that you want to buy it all.I remember buying several beautiful bracelets that they made by hand and were from their native land.They used many different stones and crafted them sometimes right in front of you.They would even make necklaces while you waited, and to your very own request.I did a lot of my birthday and Christmas shopping from them.
I always tried to stop and visit with them to learn more about their way of life.I would make time to sit down and talk with them and the many differences that we have.I learned that they are refugees from the Hopi, Acoma, Zuni, San Felipe, Zia and Sandia tribes.These people were fleeing from the Spanish Reconquest of 1699. (www.cinprogram.org)
I can't remember their names anymore but their stories will forever be in my mind and my heart.To understand how there life is still so primitive in this day and age.I mean they do live in houses, and do have electricity, and running water.But they still have a Chief and follow a lot of their old world ways.
The Laguna people farmed plots around their villages and many later became herders when the Spanish introduced livestock to the area. Today it is primarily a livestock-grazing region, along with hand crafted items industry.There was once a large uranium mine on the Laguna Pueblo that was once the predominate employer on the reservation. Construction, land reclamation, and manufacturing of handcrafted item