The Pueblo Food Experience Cookbook is an original cookbook by, for, and about the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico. This cookbook is a product of the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute, founded by Roxanne Swentzell at Santa Clara Pueblo. Its goal is to promote healing and balance by returning to the original foodways of the Pueblo peoples. The precontact, indigenous diet emphasizes chemical-free meat, fowl, fish and a wide variety of whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Buffalo Tamales, Blue Corn Cakes, and Rabbit Stew are just a few of the unique and delicious Pueblo recipes. Five thought-provoking essays contribute to the understanding of Pueblo history and culture. Though written in the Tewa Pueblo of Santa Clara, indigenous peoples everywhere, and anyone interested in learning about Pueblo culture and food, will delight in this book.
- Author: Roxanne Swentzell and Patricia Perea
- Hardcover: 120 pages
- Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press (September 1, 2016)
- ISBN-10: 089013619X
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo) is an award-winning sculptor and artist from a family of renowned potters. During high school she studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe for two years, then after graduation at the Portland Museum Art School. Swentzell’s large-size clay figures represent the complete spectrum of the human spirit. She is the founder and president of the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute, a nonprofit organization creating healthier communities through Native culture and permaculture practices.
Patricia M. Perea received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2010. She is a native of the Texas Panhandle, by way of Dilia, New Mexico and Del Rio, Texas. Perea is part-time faculty in the UNM Chicana and Chicano Studies program and chair of the Chicana/o Studies Lecture Series. She is a published poet and reads her work at local venues around New Mexico.
Santa Clara is a Tewa-speaking Pueblo located along the Rio Grande north of Santa Fe, near Española, a site occupied since the late 14th or early 15th centuries. Santa Clara is known for the majesty and beauty of its landscape as well as its ancestral home, the Puye Cliff Dwellings, a famed historical and archaeological landmark located near the modern Pueblo. The Santa Clara people have preserved many of their ancient traditions, with a strong tribal government, a strong commitment to education, and a prosperous economy.
Santa Clara takes great pride in its rich legacy of pottery-making, and today is home to one of the most vibrant Pueblo communities of potters creating high-quality traditional vessels. Their handcrafted blackware and redware with intricate, precise engravings are one of the most widely collected forms of Pueblo pottery. The technical excellence, innovation, and imagination of Santa Clara potters have helped sustain and promote Pueblo pottery around the world. In addition to pottery, the Pueblo has produced notable sculptors and painters, and there are also artists creating embroidery, beadwork, and weaving.
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