Reconnecting Back to the Earth

Lenora Naranjo-Morse • Wha Povi

Kha’ P’o Owenge | Santa Clara Pueblo | New Mexico

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. Here, Nora paints a portrait of generations of women in her family, planting and harvesting together, beautifully demonstrating traditional time together, and encouraging young women to recognize the value and possibilities within themselves.


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