Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Blue Magnetic Night/ Blue Overtone Eagle - Solar Jaguar Moon of Intention, Day 1
Planting will begin with beans, corn, zucchini, and watermelon seedlings, as well as radish, carrot, and spinach seeds. Cultivation will continue through the spring and summer, along with lessons on saving seeds for future use. In addition to the fruits and veggies, the garden is filled with flowers to attract pollinators, and is also becoming home for all kinds of fascinating critters including a family of road runners, the New Mexico state bird.
According to Sandoval, who grew up on Taos Pueblo gardening with her family, agriculture is what makes the pueblos what they are—permanent villages.
“When the Spanish found us, our villages had already been around for about 500 years,” Sandoval said. “They considered us more ‘civilized’ because we weren’t nomadic. In living in our original established places we were able to develop our communal government systems and were for the most part spared removal from our homelands.”
Taos, which is fortunate to have the Rio Grande in its backyard, is a place along with Jemez and Tesuque Pueblos, where traditional agriculture continues.
“Everyone gets together and takes care of their gardens,” Sandoval said.
But other pueblos, in just one or two generations, have lost touch with their traditional agriculture practices, and don’t farm because people there no longer know how.
“That’s another goal of the Resilience Garden,” Sandoval explained, “to bring in our own communities, and give them resources to grow their own food again.”
According to Sandoval, some communities are challenged because paying for water is prohibitive; others simply have no place where the people can farm.
“People are living in HUD housing, where the dwellings are right on top of each other,” she said. “And their soil hasn’t been cared for; it will take years of soil regeneration to make it possible to grow healthy food again.”
The garden has plenty of tools, but Sandoval encourages people to bring their own gloves and starting in the July session, a small bag for a portion of the harvest; the remainder is used for summer camp or is used in the New Native Cuisine featured in the Pueblo Harvest Cafe. As an added boon, after the Seasons of Growth sessions from 9 to 11 a.m., (for the price of museum admission) Indian Pueblo Cultural Center presents the colorful and often moving spectacle of traditional dances, drumming and singing in the museum courtyard that begin at 11 a.m.
There is a well-known pueblo prayer that starts:
Hold on to what is good, Even if it’s a handful of earth.
“When the seed you hold in your hand grows in the ground and produces nourishing food, when you actually see it happen,” said Sandoval, “that’s a blessing.”*
By Frances Madeson
Kin 183: Blue Magnetic Night
I unify in order to dream
I seal the input of abundance
With the magnetic tone of purpose
I am guided by my own power doubled.
The cosmos is inherent order and is intrinsically beautiful and elegant.*
*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2016 - 2017.
The Sacred Tzolk'in
Sahasrara Chakra (Dali Plasma)