'No Man is an Island'
by John Donne
No man is an island entire of itself...
Any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
"Construction of the Esteban del Rey Mission and Convento began in 1629 and continued through completion in 1640. The 2100 square foot adobe mission complex represents an extraordinary arduous construction process undertaken by the Acoma ancestors. Sole access to the mesa top was only by foot-hole paths until 1959. While the construction was overseen by resident Franciscan Friar Juan Ramirez it was the Acoma people themselves who followed and implemented traditional building methods to ensure that the creation would withstand time and erosion caused by the natural elements." (Credit: Sky City Cultural Center Brochure)