The history and culture of the Rio Grande Pueblos and their Spanish conquerors have been intertwined for almost 600 years. The age-old tradition of inlaying wood with straw is still being practiced by both groups. This gracefully austere piece is meant to adorn the wall.
The understated decoration on this cross echoes the yucca plant designs on Pueblo pottery – an example of how the Pueblos have always accommodated both their traditional, and Christian, beliefs.
The silky straw shows its luster against the black-painted wood, with lively accents of turquoise – both in paint and in the center stone. A simple, handsome, and powerful piece that encapsulates history; folk art with meaning.