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Santa Ana Pueblo officials receive awards for restoration

Santa Ana Pueblo recognized for restoration

Phillip H. Shelley

The Cultural Properties Review Committee presented the 25th Heritage Preservation Awards on May 10, 2013, at the Scottish Rite Center in Santa Fe. Receiving awards for Architecture, Tribal Heritage, and Community Preservation Planning were the people of Santa Ana, former Governor E.J. Lujan and Santa Fe-based architectural firm, Crocker, Ltd. The following information was provided by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division:

“Santa Ana de Tamayá Mission Church was first established in 1696 and a second church completed in 1750. The last major work on the church until the current restoration was completed in 1923. The pueblo elected to preserve the church using traditional means, including mud plaster, repairing severely rotted corbels carved by the Pecos Indians and using early twentieth-century photographs to guide the restoration. The award nomination was strongly endorsed by Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, of Santa Fe, who re-consecrated the church. He noted that the pueblo’s approximately 870 members used only internal resources to pay for it. When dedicated last summer, the Archbishop said he was struck by how deeply moved pueblo members were by giving new life to their place of worship. The nomination also was endorsed by New Mexico Advisory Council for Historic Preservation representative Teresa Leger, who serves as Santa Ana’s general counsel. She said stepping back ‘to the old ways, was a step forward in their own lives.’”

The restoration has inspired the Town of Bernalillo to restore its Santuario de San Lorenzo.

Placitas July 4 parade

Jim Maduena, ex-officio Placitas Fourth of July Parade Marshal, announced that the annual Fourth of July parade will proceed as usual—except for the water wars. He writes, “It is a time of great excitement and celebration in Placitas and has been for years. This year, more than ever, we need to be aware and respectful of our scarce natural resources as well as being aware of how dry New Mexico is. The state is fighting fires all around us. Placitas is not exempt. The rainfall is well below normal. We are a tinderbox. The water supply in the village is in danger of being shut off periodically during the summer dry months. We cannot afford to waste this precious commodity by having water fights along the parade route.

“This year I appeal to those involved in the parade—spectators and participants alike—put away the water pistols, water guns, hoses, and water balloons. Help us preserve our scarce natural resources. Consider your role in preserving the community from fires and droughts. Don’t waste what we have so little of.”

Some community members complain about getting sprayed and pelted with water balloons. Others consider the water wars a major attraction—especially on a hot day.

Participants line up in front of Placitas Heights at 10:00 a.m. The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. and winds through the Village of Placitas. Spectators are welcome to line Highway 165 with chairs and coolers. Refreshments are usually sold in the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church parking lot.

Books on the Bosque

—Lin Robinson, Placitas Community Library

“Books on the Bosque, A Magical Night,” promises to be magical indeed. This gala evening, in support of the Placitas Community Library, will feature a champagne welcome, dinner with wine, and exciting silent and live auctions. Original artwork, trips, golf packages, health and beauty services, a murder mystery dinner party, Presidential Box UNM basketball tickets, men’s and women’s jewelry and more will be up for bid.

Award-winning Placitas gourd artist Susan Jordan Beebe is among the many artists whose work will be available at the event. Her donated work, “Peace and Plenty,” from her Corn Maiden series, was a first place winner at the 2012 Weems Artfest. Embellished with wood and horse hair, and etched with intricate designs, the piece honors the Native American legend of the Corn Maiden, who represents abundance and good fortune.

Another exceptional piece has been donated by Glen Petersen, also of Placitas. The work is a museum-quality, half-scale replica of a 1880s Kiowa infant cradleboard. A cradleboard illustrated the status of the family and the child’s future place in the tribe. These treasured heirlooms are now highly collectible, with originals valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Petersen’s work is a beautiful and accurate rendering in miniature.

Placitas Community Library is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Local volunteers brought the library to life, and volunteers remain its primary support. Its new building was made possible by a combination of monies from state, county, grants, and private sources. And while government funding allows for certain purchases, the day-to-day operational expenses of the nonprofit library must be met with private donations. The funds raised at Books on the Bosque will go towards these expenses.

Books on the Bosque will take place on September 21, at the Sandia Resort and Casino. Tickets are $80 dollars each. To purchase, call 404-8335. If you are interested in supporting future library programs and services, contact Library Director Marian Frear at 867-3355. Donations are accepted using a credit cards or send a check to Placitas Community Library, P.O. Box 445, Placitas, New Mexico 87043. Donations are tax deductible

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