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Picuris Pueblo in Taos County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez "Summer Harvest" (1884-1969),
Cora Durand (1904-1981),Virginia Duran, (1904-1998)

— Picuris Pueblo —
 
Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez "Summer Harvest" (1884-1969) Marker Photo, Click for full size
June 7, 2011
1. Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez "Summer Harvest" (1884-1969) Marker
 
Inscription. Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez, Cora Durand, and Virginia Duran helped to preserve the distinctive micaceous pottery tradition that is important in Picuris and other nearby pueblos. Made with locally mined mica-rich clay, these unusual pots have a glittery sheen. They are fired at low temperatures which makes them ideal for cooking. While valued for their utility, these pots are also now considered considered works of art.
 
Erected 2010 by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Location. 36° 12.015′ N, 105° 44.008′ W. Marker is in Picuris Pueblo, New Mexico, in Taos County. Marker is at the intersection of New Mexico Route 75 and BIA 205 (Loop Route 205), on the left when traveling east on State Route 75. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Penasco NM 87553, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pueblo of Picuris (approx. 1.4 miles away); Las Trampas (approx. 5 miles away); Pilar (approx. 5.6 miles away); Captive Women and Children of Taos County / María Rosa Villapando, (ca. 1725-1830) (approx. 7.5 miles away); William J. Klauer (approx. 7.5 miles away); Truchas Peaks (approx. 11.2 miles away); Truchas (approx. 12.3 miles away); San Francisco de Asis Church (approx. 13 miles away).
 
Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez "Summer Harvest" (1884-1969) Marker Photo, Click for full size
June 7, 2011
2. Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez "Summer Harvest" (1884-1969) Marker
 

 
More about this marker. This marker is a result of the Historic Women Marker Initiative which seeks to install 54 markers representing the contributions of women to New Mexico history in each county and for every pueblo and Indian tribe in the state.
 
Additional keywords. Picuris, micaceous clay, New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative
 
Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez "Summer Harvest" (1884-1969) Marker Photo, Click for full size
June 7, 2011
3. Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez "Summer Harvest" (1884-1969) Marker
The view north
 
 
Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez "Summer Harvest" (1884-1969) Marker Photo, Click for full size
June 7, 2011
4. Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez "Summer Harvest" (1884-1969) Marker
The view east
 
 
Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez "Summer Harvest" (1884-1969) Marker Photo, Click for full size
June 7, 2011
5. Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez "Summer Harvest" (1884-1969) Marker
The view west. Smoke from the Wallow Fire is coloring the sky.
 
 
Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez "Summer Harvest" (1884-1969) Marker Photo, Click for full size
June 7, 2011
6. Maria Ramita Simbola Martinez "Summer Harvest" (1884-1969) Marker
The view east
 
 
Pot by noted Picuris Potter Edward Lucero, Buffalo Thunder Casino Photo, Click for full size
June 7, 2011
7. Pot by noted Picuris Potter Edward Lucero, Buffalo Thunder Casino
This pot displays Luceros style of pottery, the raised "nailheads" around the jar, fine shape and distinctive "fire kiss" from the firing process.
 
 
Picuris pottery in a Penasco NM gift store Photo, Click for full size
June 6, 2011
8. Picuris pottery in a Penasco NM gift store
The golden shine is notable. Maybe enough for a native person to tell newcomers to the region people eat from golden pots upriver in the cities
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2011. This page has been viewed 419 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 27, 2011.   7, 8. submitted on June 27, 2011, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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