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Tesuque in Santa Fe County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Tesuque Rain Gods

Tesuque Pueblo

 
 
Tesuque Rain Gods Marker image. Click for full size.
July 1, 2010
1. Tesuque Rain Gods Marker
Inscription. Seated clay figurines known as rain gods or "rain catchers" spring from Tesuque Pueblos's deep-rooted figurative pottery tradition. Popularized in the 1880's, Tesuque women made and sold the figurines in a variety of colors and designs, and earned income by selling them to curio dealers and tourists. Rain gods typically hold pots while other gods hold children, animals and other objects. The tradition is practiced to this day.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division and Department of Highways.
 
Location. 35° 49.509′ N, 105° 58.706′ W. Marker is in Tesuque, New Mexico, in Santa Fe County. Marker can be reached from West Frontage Road (U.S. 285 Frontage Road at milepost 175), 0.2 miles north of Camel Rock Road (Business U.S. 285). Click for map. Exit 175 U.S. 84/285 West on Camel Rock Road West Frontage Road North .2 mi North end of Camel Rock Rest Area near old picnic ramada. Marker is in this post office area: Tesuque NM 87574, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pueblo of Tesuque (a few steps from this marker); Feliciana Tapia Viarrial (1904-1988) (approx. 4.3 miles away); The St. Francis Women's Club
Tesuque Rain Gods Marker image. Click for full size.
July 1, 2010
2. Tesuque Rain Gods Marker
(approx. 5.7 miles away); Santa Fe Opera (approx. 6.2 miles away); Jémez Mountains (approx. 8.1 miles away); Maria Montoya Martinez, (Povika, Pond Lily) (approx. 8.7 miles away); Pueblo of San Ildefonso (approx. 8.7 miles away); Cross of the Martyrs (approx. 9.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is immediately east of camel rock.
This marker is part of the New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative project.
 
Also see . . .  Pueblo of Tesuque Flea Market. Where traditional crafts are sold today. (Submitted on July 10, 2010.) 
 
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Tesuque Rain Gods Marker image. Click for full size.
July 1, 2010
3. Tesuque Rain Gods Marker
Looking Norrthwest, beyond Camel Rock. Old ramada structure is visible in the background.
New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative - Reverse Side image. Click for full size.
July 1, 2010
4. New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative - Reverse Side
New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative The New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative was founded in 2005 by members of the New Mexico Women's Forum in a statewide effort to recognize women's contributions to New Mexico history on the state's Official Scenic Historic Markers. The Initiative assures that women's diverse histories will be remembered and told and will inspire and proviee a guide for future generations. The 2006 legislature funded the project.
Tesuque Rain Gods Marker - Reverse image. Click for full size.
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5. Tesuque Rain Gods Marker - Reverse
Looking south toward U.S. 84/285 Tesuque Pueblo marker is in the distance.
 
 
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