Oku Shareh: Turtle Dance Songs of San Juan Pueblo is an exciting introduction to the culture of Ohkay Owingeh, formerly called San Juan Pueblo. The four songs on the album accompany a dance performed annually in Ohkay Owingeh at the winter solstice. One of the Pueblo’s most important public ceremonies, the Turtle Dance marks the end of one year and the start of a new one. This album offers a unique glance into a revered part of Ohkay Owingeh culture.
- Album Title: Oku Shareh: Turtle Dance Songs of San Juan Pueblo
- Artists: Herman Agoyo, Anthony S. Archuleta, Cipriano Garcia, Jerry Garcia, Peter Garcia, Steven Trujillo
- Format: Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Original Release Date: 1979
- Label: New World Records
Herman Agoyo, Anthony S. Archuleta, Cipriano Garcia, Jerry Garcia, Peter Garcia, Steven Trujillo are musicians from Ohkay Owingeh. They carry on the musical traditions passed down to them from their ancestors.
Ohkay Owingeh, previously known as San Juan Pueblo, is one of six Tewa-speaking villages located in north-central New Mexico along the Rio Grande and its tributaries. The four songs on the album celebrate renewal and regeneration and the continuing process of creation. The dance is named for the turtle, believed to be the first hibernating creature that emerges at the beginning of a new year.
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