Scrapbook One Hundred Nineteen…



Birds Galore


This is a very short video clip taken at Forrest’s San Lazaro Pueblo. You can see Forrest, Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel exploring the ruins. Shiloh Old (Forrest’s grandson), Valerie Plame Wilson (America’s favorite ex-spy) and Valerie’s two kids, Trevor and Samantha are also exploring. Don’t you think Suzanne has a great laugh?
(turn up your sound)


When the Spanish explorers arrived at San Lazaro Pueblo in 1540, they found the Indians living in one story buildings constructed mostly of adobe. They were farmers who subsisted on corn, squash, and whatever else they could find growing in the high pinon & juniper desert.


Much of the pottery they produced was decorated with abstract bird motifs applied with a glaze paint called galena (lead ore). Rarely is any other kind of animal in evidence.

A hundred years later life was very different. The Indians had moved 1,000 feet east across Del Charro Creek where they built two and three story dwellings that were made from slabs of latite, an igneous rock.

And still, bird designs were the favored art forms. It is common to excavate long bones from the buffalo, antelope, horse, cow, and other domesticated animals that were brought in by the Spaniards. The bones are found in the trash heaps, in the plaza, and in the rooms. But we don’t see those animals on the pottery. Why is that?

There must be an overpowering reason because it’s too extraordinary to be coincidental. I’d be interested in your opinion if you care to comment.

Here is the question:
Why were four legged animals not pictured on the pottery at San Lazaro Pueblo between 1150 AD when the pueblo was established and 1680 when it was abandoned?