Beach Walk 115 OTR – Hanging Out on the Plaza

I’m in Santa Fe, New Mexico this week. Meet Cora Lee Guerro, a Diné silversmith.

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Although I am in Santa Fe working, I was determined to find time to visit the Plaza! It is so beautiful in the summer, with the trees in full bloom. Santa Fe is 7000′ above sea level, so it’s wonderful to have a place to sit and relax, if only for a few minutes. Since I lived in Santa Fe for over 15 years, I almost always see old friends, as I did today.

I have this notion that part of the transformative power of travel comes from actual neurological changes. Clearly new parts of the brain are awakened as we process the new sights, smells, sounds and interactions with people. What do you think?

Many thanks to Cora Lee Guerro for joining us today. She is a Diné Indian (formerly called Navajo) and is a third generation silversmith. The area under the portal is reserved for Native Americans to sell their authentic, hand-made items and each vendor must document her/his tribal affiliation. The work is beautiful and it is a special experience to be able to meet the artists in person.

Not sure whether to say “Native American” or “Indian” or “American Indian?” The majority of my friends refer to themselves as “Indians.” Here is a site that discusses the topic; read way down the page. From 1986 – 2004, I conducted over 120 week-long training sessions in Indian communities from Alaska to Maine, and built the Healthy Tribes web site with some workshop highlights. (It hasn’t been updated…)

Hawaiian words
Kaʻahele: travel

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