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Zuni, New Mexico

Posted by graywacke on April 14, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a twice-a-week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Landing number 2003; A Landing A Day blog post number 421.

Dan –  With this USer landing (landing #2003), we’re flyin’ high at 4/4 & 6/7 . . . NM; 73/81; 6/10; 3; 152.6 (lowest Score since landing 1900 in June 2010).  My landing map shows I fortunately missed AZ (a longtime OSer) by just a few miles:

 zu - landing 1

Closer in, you can see I landed about 6 miles outside of Zuni:

 zu - landing 2

This is the Village of Zuni, which is part of Zuni Pueblo (more about this later).  Here’s just a little wider shot, showing that I landed way out in the boonies (note the few roads and lack of towns):

 zu - landing 3

My Google Earth (GE) shot shows an expected arid landscape, with no features of civilization:

 zu - GE1

Here’s a cool oblique GE shot (looking east) towards the Zuni Buttes:

 zu - GE2

You can see the valley near my landing; it can be followed generally west and south towards the Zuni River (first ever hit, my 1113th river); across the AZ line and on to the Little Colorado (16th hit); on to the Colorado (159th hit; 3rd on my river hits list behind the Mississippi and Missouri).  Interestingly (to me, anyway), none of my previous 15 Little Colorado landings involved a tributary river.

 From zunitourism.com, here’s some good background about the Zuni Pueblo:

Zuni Pueblo is the largest of the nineteen New Mexican Pueblos, covering more than 700 square miles and with a population of over 10,000.

We are considered the most traditional of all the New Mexico Pueblos, with a unique language, culture, and history that resulted in part from our geographic isolation. With perhaps 80% of our workforce involved in making arts, we are indeed an “artist colony.” Our main “industry” is the production of arts, including inlay silverwork, stone “fetish” carving, pottery, and others of which we are world famous.

Most of Zuni’s residents live in the main village of Zuni and the nearby “suburb” community of Blackrock.  Zuni is a sovereign, self-governed nation with our own constitutional government, courts, police force, school system, and economic base.  Our year is marked by a cycle of traditional ceremonial activities; the most sacred and perhaps the most recognized is the annual Sha’lak’o event.

Please be aware that there are restrictions in place for non-Zuni’s wishing to witness our religious activities. We ask that visitors respect our cultural privacy by following the appropriate etiquette and guidelines. Our ceremonial activities are what make the Zuni people unique.

Here are a couple of Zuni Pueblo shots.  First, this from back in the day (1931), from Northern Arizona University:

 zuni 1931 north az u

Here’s a back-in-the-day shot, with the caption below:


Euro-Americans visit Zuni Pueblo, between 1880 and 1900. Photo: Courtesy of Western History/Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library

The Zuni language is unique.  From Wiki:

The Zuni traditionally speak the Zuni language, a unique language (also called an “isolate”) which has no known relationship to any other Native American language.  Linguists believe that the Zuni have maintained the integrity of their language for at least 7,000 years.

Unlike most indigenous languages in the US, Zuni is still spoken by a significant number of children and, thus, is comparatively less threatened with language endangerment.

Want to learn how to count to 10 in Zuni?  Click HERE for a You Tube link.  It’s worth it – and six, seven, eight and nine are particularly cool.

 Here are a few Panoramio shots of the landscape north of Zuni.  First, this from Gosia & Martin:

 gosia and martin kurow panaramio N of Zuni

This kind of view while driving out west is so exhilarating (and so absent in NJ).

And then, this, from Glider John:

 glider john panoramio n of zuni

Here’s a shot of the Zuni Buttes, just east of where I landed:

 zuni twin buttes

I’ll close with this shot of a Zuni maiden, from the turn of the century:


 That’ll do it.




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