By William A. Dodge
To vacationing geologists Black Rock, New Mexico, is a basaltic escarpment and an awesome average laboratory. To medical institution staff Black Rock is a picturesque position to generate income. To the Zuni the mesas, arroyos, and the rock itself are a level on which the eagerness in their elders is relived. William A. avoid ex-plores how a shared feel of position evolves through the years and during multi-ple cultures that declare the panorama. via tales informed over many generations, this panorama has given the Zuni an understand-ing of the way they got here to be during this global. extra lately, paleogeographers have studied the rocks and landforms to raised comprehend the realm because it as soon as was once. Archaeologists have carried out study on ancestral Zuni websites within the neighborhood of Black Rock to discover the cultural background of the quarter. furthermore, the Anglo-American staff of the Bureau of Indian Affairs got here to Black Rock to enhance the federal Indian coverage of assimilation and taken with them their very own feel of position. Black Rock has been an academic advanced, an employer city, and an Anglo group. at the present time it's a wellbeing and fitness care middle, advertisement quarter, and multiethnic subdivision. via describing the dramatic adjustments that came about at Black Rock through the 20th century, evade deftly weaves a narrative of the way the cultural panorama of this neighborhood mirrored adjustments in executive coverage and the way the Zunis themselves, during the coverage of Indian self-determination, ultimately gave new meanings to this old panorama. William A. avert is a cultural historian at Van Citters old maintenance 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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Extra info for Black Rock: A Zuni Cultural Landscape and the Meaning of Place
Feather Rock. Photo by author, 2003. malpais). There were vast plains of dust, ashes and cinders, reddened as is the mud of a hearth-place. 32 The story told how mountains divided the countryside, and yet some places, “dark canyons, deep valleys, [and] sunken plains,” were undisturbed by these calamitous upheavals. It was in these places that the people hid and waited for the safer world to be created. The landscape features seen today—the rock formations, the colors of the mesas, and the rivers— are explained by this story of how the Zuni people came into this world.
Beyond the flood-pool of the Zuni Dam, almost one hundred years of sedimentation has obscured every detail of the original landscape, including the channel of the Zuni River. The river channel reappears about one-half mile east of the dam, exposing the thick vesicular basalt flow lining the channel. It is difficult to determine how wide the flow is at this point since alluvium deposited over the centuries has buried the basalt, except where the river has exposed it. The flow shows itself selectively over the next few miles and then disappears completely from sight in the broad Rio Pescado valley.
36 [ 29 ] Fig. 4. Study area showing geographic and cultural features, including Ranchos de Zuni (LA 131368). S. topo map, “Zuni, N. ,” 1972. A P L A C E O F L A N D F O R M S , I M A G I N AT I O N , A N D S P I R I T U A L I T Y The fact that the stream flow of the Zuni River often disappears into its streambed is not a new phenomenon. ”38 However, encountering the Zuni River was not merely a minor inconvenience. ”39 The Zuni River has several significant tributaries in the vicinity of Black Rock.
Black Rock: A Zuni Cultural Landscape and the Meaning of Place by William A. Dodge