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2. SUSTENANCE

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SUSTENANCE

The earth feeds us, nourishes us. Whether at planting time, with the help of the Corn Maidens; during the monsoon season, when the rain kachinas aid tilling and cultivation; at harvest time, the blessings and bounty extracted from the earth under the watchful eyes of our ancestors; or through the long winter months, warming the food the earth gives us throughout the rest of the year.

The hornos, the earthen ovens, are used year-round: for baking Pueblo bread for ceremonies and feast days; for cooking food for families; even for firing the micaceous pots that our artisans have made for millennia and still use for cooking and storage.

A little soot marks the opening, where tendrils of heat reach outside, but the oven is swept and kept spotlessly clean, ready for use whenever the need arises. Burlap covers the entry, blocked by a stone; two wooden boards serve as the baking platform when in use. It’s an icon of our culture, of sustenance, mixing and melding food and earth in the warmth of home and family, in the way of my mother, and her mother, and her mother before her, into the mists of ancestral memory.

Signed on white matting; brown wooden frame.
Size including frame: 17.75″ by 20.25″.
$625 + $100 shipping, handling, and insurance.

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