Tuesday, March 30, 2010

ABC Wednesday-"K" is for Kivas

These two ceremonial masks are additional authentic Native American art pieces from Kiva Gallery on Water Street in downtown Santa Fe.  Learn more about this outstanding gallery by clicking here.

Below is what is believed to be a ceremonial Kiva in Salinas Pueblo ruins.

According to the description posted on this site in Salinas Pueblo Ruins, because of the unusual shape (somewhat square) and location of this structure, it may have been a combination of both Christian and Pueblo Indian religions. Underground kivas, reminiscent of ancestral pit houses, served as men's workrooms and sacred chambers of special ceremonies.
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25 comments:

  1. de tres beaux masques, une belle collection

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  2. The masks are impressive pieces of art, its design could inspire Picasso or Braque.

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  3. Beautiful masks! These photos are the essence of New Mexico!

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  4. Excellent to show the masks and kiva together.

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  5. Love the masks. You are fortunate to be able to share in all these wonderful cultural artifacts and native places!

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  6. I love masks. These are particularly beautiful. Are they made by Native Americans? Are they just exhibited or are they for sale? I wonder how much they are worth.

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  7. Beauiful masks! I'd like to understand the symbolism on them. I really like the painting on the drum.
    The museum must be a treasure house of artefacts.

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  8. Re your comment on cowboy hats...methinks that these hats are worn by our thoroughbred breeders and their hands. We are, you know, the horse capitol of the world! :-)

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  9. The masks are wonderful. The kiva is very impressive.

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  10. I really like this series of pictures so I may get more acquainted to something I barely know. You have a gift for creating interest with these images carefully chosen. Thanks for the links, either.

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  11. I could look a things like this all day.

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  12. Marvelous masks! The kivas are so interesting! Santa Fe does have such an interesting history! Great post for the K day! Enjoy the rest of your week, Kate!

    Sylvia

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  13. I want that drum! I don't have room for it but I would make some.

    Oh in answer to your question my mom arrives on Thursday evening. Hopefully it won't snow, she hates cold weather.

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  14. I've been there! It is so amazing-went to Quarai too, but still need to go to Abo.
    Great choice for a "k" word!

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  15. Those masks are impressive. Beautiful!

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  16. I could easily find a place for one of those handsome masks on my wall!

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  17. Native American art is always beautiful. And thanks for showing the ruins. This piece of history is fascinating.

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  18. Really fascinating kate. I would love to see all of the artifacts in person. Perfect choice for the letter K.

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  19. You do have some interesting posts about the old Native American culture. This is one more of them.

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  20. Such beautiful photos and some wonderful history to go along with it. Thank you for a great post.

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  21. Excellent! I always enjoy the SW art and stories.

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  22. An interesting structure! I do love seeing these ancient sites and imagining the people going about their daily business.

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  23. These kiva are wonderful!

    On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you!

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  24. nice information and photographs.:)

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