The World of Laguna Pueblo
Friday, March 23, 2012, 8:00 am–5:30 pm
Laguna Pueblo is one of the largest Keresan pueblos in New Mexico and consists of the six small villages of Encinal, Laguna, Mesita, Paguate, Paraje, and Seama. The majestic white San José Mission sits atop the hill in the center of Laguna. Built in 1699 after the Pueblo Revolt, it is a massive stone and adobe structure that served as the architectural model for the boardroom at the School for Advanced Research. We will tour this well-preserved mission church with former Franciscan priest Antonio Trujillo, who was born near Laguna and is the owner of the Guadalupe Vineyards.
Laguna Pueblo has a flourishing artistic community of photographers, jewelers, potters, and painters, including two up-and-coming artists, Marla Allison and Pat Pruitt, who share a studio in Paguate. Marla is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts and was awarded SAR’s 2010 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellowship for Women. Marla’s paintings are contemporary reflections on her life in Laguna and are influenced by traditional pottery designs and the cubism art of Picasso and Paul Klee. Pat Pruitt is a contemporary jeweler working primarily in stainless steel. He studied under local silversmith Greg Lewis, who gave him a foundation in jewelry making. His jewelry designs took off in a different direction during his college years at Southern Methodist University, where he studied mechanical engineering. The pieces he creates are aesthetically beautiful, with a blending of contemporary and Native design elements. Both artists were honored at the Santa Fe Indian Market with Innovation Awards.
New Mexico has a long history of grape growing, beginning with the Franciscan Friars in 1629 when vineyards were planted to produce sacramental wine for Mass. In the early 1990s, a small vineyard was planted near the tiny village of San Fidel, and those original vines have grown into the Guadalupe Vineyards under the tutelage of Antonio and Lucinda Trujillo. They produce three fine wines that flourish in the cool climate on the slopes of Mt. Taylor. The Trujillos will be our hosts for a wine tasting at their vineyard before we return to Santa Fe.
Activity Level: Easy, short walks through the historic San José church, mission school, artists’ studio, and the Guadalupe Vineyard.
Cost (per person): $85, includes roundtrip transportation, artists’ honoraria, lunch, and wine tasting.
Trip Registration—New Policy: To ensure that field trip registration is equitable, SAR has adopted a lottery system. Please send your field trip requests (PDF, 590 KB) by mail (postmarked no later than January 2, 2012). A drawing will then be held for each trip, and members will be notified of the results by January 12, 2012. Please note that memberships at or above the Galisteo level receive advance registration.
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