Black Rock: A Zuni Cultural Landscape and the Meaning of by William A. Dodge

By William A. Dodge

To vacationing geologists Black Rock, New Mexico, is a basaltic escarpment and an incredible traditional laboratory. To sanatorium staff Black Rock is a picturesque position to become profitable. To the Zuni the mesas, arroyos, and the rock itself are a level on which the eagerness in their elders is relived. William A. keep away from ex-plores how a shared feel of position evolves through the years and during multi-ple cultures that declare the panorama. via tales advised over many generations, this panorama has given the Zuni an understand-ing of the way they got here to be during this international. extra lately, paleogeographers have studied the rocks and landforms to raised comprehend the area because it as soon as used to be. Archaeologists have carried out learn on ancestral Zuni websites within the area of Black Rock to discover the cultural heritage of the quarter. furthermore, the Anglo-American staff of the Bureau of Indian Affairs got here to Black Rock to improve the federal Indian coverage of assimilation and taken with them their very own experience of position. Black Rock has been a tutorial complicated, an organisation city, and an Anglo group. this present day it's a health and wellbeing care heart, advertisement sector, and multiethnic subdivision. by means of describing the dramatic alterations that happened at Black Rock through the 20th century, steer clear of deftly weaves a narrative of the way the cultural panorama of this neighborhood mirrored adjustments in govt coverage and the way the Zunis themselves, during the coverage of Indian self-determination, ultimately gave new meanings to this historic panorama. William A. circumvent is a cultural historian at Van Citters ancient upkeep LLC in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has labored for over thirty years in southwestern cultural assets and used to be director of the Zuni Archaeology software on the Pueblo of Zuni.

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How do our personal and social biographies figure into place-making? As a cultural geographer, Relph has utilized the concepts of “insideness” and “outsideness” to understand how people confer meaning on places, and why the same place can hold so many different meanings. 36 At one end is the “existential outsider” who consciously avoids involvement with place. All places assume the same meaningless identity. This would seem to be an abstract category for, as we have discussed, it would be difficult for anyone not to ascribe some kind of meaning to place.

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Within the last twenty years, Black Rock has become the site for new tribal housing projects. Thus, this volcanic escarpment has played a significant part in the Pueblo’s cultural, political, and geographical history. Black Rock is a landscape reflecting change and continuity, conflict and resolution, in Zuni culture. CHAPTER 2 A Place of Landforms, Imagination, and Spirituality The mesas, drainages, springs, and lava flow that make up the Black Rock landscape have been formed over the eons by natural forces and interpreted by modern-day geologists.

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