From the sculpture gardenNo bugs here – no flies, ailment
no mosquitos – it’s too high and too dry. The weather is warm in the day – 20 degrees and cooler at night. You need to carry water because you get dehydrated easily. We visited a sculpture garden and some contemporary galleries. Like contemporary art everywhere it’s not always easy to understand what was in the artist’s mind. We also went to a farmer’s market with local products like green chili mustard.
Our local guide told us that New Mexico is one of the poorest states – mostly agrarian but Sante Fe is quite wealthy. You don’t see much poverty here. Several very expensive stores.
Yesterday we visited the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and learned a lot about the history of Natives here. The Pueblo Indians were here first and were agrarian. Later Athabaska Indians from Canada came – they are called Apache and Navajo here and Dene in Canada. They were nomadic. The art was interesting. Woven bowls and any other art had to have a way for the spirit to escape so there is always a break in the line or an additional line for the spirit to leave.
Our art tour is over. Today we walked down Canyon road which must have 100 galleries in a mile or so road. We went into 30 at least, link
mostly contemporary, before going to a tea house and resting. Tomorrow we’ll visit the Railyard district again and go into the many galleries there.