Kha’ P’o Owenge
Road of Wild Roses
Lenora Naranjo-Morse, (Kha’ P’o Owenge), was deeply influenced by her mother, Rose, in the Tewa view of life that brings a sense of wholeness. She has been immersed in the spiritual practices that bring life through the womb into being a complete human being. Lenora Naranjo-Morse is a contemporary artist who energizes an ancestral sensibility into her art. She uses many earth-based materials such as glittering micaceous clay and adobe—in addition to other media, especially “trash” that can be worked into art. Lenora Naranjo-Morse is literally a hands-on learner and educator. Her public art piece at the National Museum of the American Indian, Always Becoming, in many ways exemplifies Lenora Naranjo-Morse’s leadership. Always Becoming is interactive, collaborative, and needs yearly collective tending. She involves the public and brings in artists from Sonora, Mexico to work with her. She widens the circle, sends her art into other hands for caretaking and renewal. Her art and life process, contemporary but with a deep grounding in her homeland, exemplifies Spirit Alignment and the standard bearing of a Legacy Leader.
Lenora Naranjo Morse Interview
They are becoming blessed beings; they are bringing the rain.
Nora brings us to the community garden and speaks to reconnecting young women to the earth. The garden is full of life and activity, exemplifying “communal togetherness and work that is key to the Pueblo worldview.” In the past, young women coming of age would be brought together to grind corn for four days. Today they participate in the Harvest Dance, honoring the corn and honoring themselves. Nora paints a portrait of generations of women in her family, planting and harvesting together. This is a time to be together in a closeness that encourages the young women of the value and possibilities in themselves.