Taos in July–Pow Wow & Fiesta

I went to the Taos Pow Wow on the opening Friday night. I’d promised to deliver a small drum I’d recently painted to the Sweet Medicine Drums’ booth. By the time I took this photo around 7:00 PM the cloudy sky and the lateness of the hour began to compromise my ability to take good photos. This is one of the few that I can share. It shows the dancers circling the large dance area in a kind of random parade. In the foreground are the spectators sitting in their portable chairs under the shaded area built for the occasion with poles and tree branches.

Scattered at intervals inside the spectator circle are groups of drummers sitting around a large shared drum. These groups take turns according to some unseen plan and seem to know just how long to drum as well. Later they will be drumming for the various dancing contests which are the focus of the three-day Pow Wow. It is interesting to observe these drummers. They are very focused and use a lot of strength when hitting in unison with their drumsticks. The heart-beat sound penetrates the entire Pow Wow grounds and unifies everyone who is present in a non-ordinary world.

A week later we have the annual Fiesta in the Taos Plaza. Note the clouds that help keep our monsoon season temperatures lower and provide humidity, normally hard to come by here. My garden loves it and behaves differently, compared to the dry heat of June. This event is all about the Hispanic community. I’ve been told that families that are spread around the state and region use this Fiesta as an occasion to come together, like a family reunion. I don’t have a photo of it but there is a performance area with constant entertainment provided throughout the event. Lots of live music a la Mexico.

This Fiesta vendor is dishing up grilled fresh corn on the cob. Looked and smelled yummy. At the top of this photo you can see the top of the very large white tent that covers the performance area of the plaza, likely both for shade and for rain.

How nostalgic is this carnival style merry-go-round with it’s old fashioned wooden horses? Who has not experienced this somewhere, sometime? For me it brings back memories of the free one in Golden Gate Park back in the 70s. I took my young daughter there on trips to the city from Mendocino County where we lived. It was an institution at the time. I hope it’s still there.

Took this at last Saturday’s farm market. I admired the artful arrangement. I asked the farmer for a card and I think he handed me one but where it is now is a mystery. I promise to try him again. The apricots are perfect now and the harvest won’t continue for long. Apples are just getting warmed up, along with peppers.

I took this photo in Solstice a week or so ago. The piece on the far right is a Hopi kachina that was new to the store at that time. The other three objects are small art pieces of mine. Two of them are altar pieces, the far left made of wood and the Corn Mother made of paper mache with a 1/4 ” wood base. The framed piece in the center is 5X5″. I like to talk about Solstice because it’s a new store and my small art pieces really seem to sing among the other beautiful art the owner, Sheila, selects. I continue to invite my friends and acquaintances to stop by and give themselves an aesthetic treat.

Borage blooming in my garden

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