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A Bit of Irony

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 24 July 2013 in Lifestyle & Culture.

The reconstructed kiva and mission church in such close proximity is something we wouldn't necessarily expect. The Spanish priests often had the kivas filled in to prevent the Indians from following their traditional beliefs.

From my casual observation of the pueblos in New Mexico, the old ways are still observed and every pueblo has its kiva. So, although many Indians of the pueblos are Christians, they cherish and preserve their culture and the dances that have a spiritual meaning for them. My wife and I were invited to Feast Day at the Santa Clara Pueblo where we got to see some of these ancient dances. But, that's another story.

Pecos National Historical Park
Part of The Great American West series.

PATRICK from miramas, France

another very great capture

24 Jul 2013 5:01am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Interesting series

24 Jul 2013 5:33am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

beautiful image and interesting explanation

24 Jul 2013 6:12am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful shot and always good to see past traditions live on.

24 Jul 2013 6:42am

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

Neat. I guess the universe works itself out in the end :-)

24 Jul 2013 6:42am

@Mooie: I think you're right.

helys from Paris, France

So amazing architecture

24 Jul 2013 6:53am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

super and those clouds in the background are awesome.

24 Jul 2013 6:58am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb image Steve, there should always be a place for the old ways

24 Jul 2013 6:59am

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

beautiful framing, great black and white

24 Jul 2013 7:08am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

L'angle de prise de vue est extra ! Bonne journée

24 Jul 2013 7:24am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent photo Steve! Marvelous monochrome.

24 Jul 2013 7:26am

Devi from Chennai, India

Very beautiful and very interesting to read. Cultures of every community need to be preserved...Love this series:-)

24 Jul 2013 7:42am

Joëlle from France

Très belle prise en monochrome compliments !

24 Jul 2013 8:04am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nice BnW frame

24 Jul 2013 8:08am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Interesting history that you bring us Steve, I continue to be fascinated.
These are good monos with an aged touch to them.

24 Jul 2013 8:45am (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Very nice angle, as always. Another good shot, and an interesting explanation.

24 Jul 2013 9:04am

Gheorghe from Bucuresti, Romania

Interesting series ! I like these B&W beautiful compositions.

24 Jul 2013 9:19am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel cadrage et rendu NB ce rond coupé superbe architecture et vue.

24 Jul 2013 9:31am

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Endroit interessant , trés historique - belle preservation pour ce site !

24 Jul 2013 10:03am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!
so beautiful frame, lights, shadows & texture!

24 Jul 2013 10:22am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A wonderful composition !

24 Jul 2013 10:41am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What an interesting revelation in this composition that brings two sites you've covered together in one capture! Beautiful textures throughout with clouds that stand out nicely!

24 Jul 2013 12:11pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Wonderful shots and processing, just went through the photographs :)

24 Jul 2013 12:46pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

Very interesting

24 Jul 2013 1:47pm

Don from Spokane, United States

You've created a fine composition of the two sites. Very interesting background too. Extra name toning.

24 Jul 2013 2:46pm

Diana from Olympia, United States


24 Jul 2013 2:48pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the treatment - nice point of view.

24 Jul 2013 3:02pm

jean pierre from paris, France

une série très intéressante !! amitiés

24 Jul 2013 4:44pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Still love the processing so very much, too bad these places would not have co-existed
back in their day but must have been so hard to break the shackles of the church !~

24 Jul 2013 5:26pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image. And interesting information. Great. :)

24 Jul 2013 5:46pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This is a wonderful composition Steve that really brings the series together! Well done! ;-)

24 Jul 2013 6:43pm

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

I think you had a good idea to turn it into sepia: it fits well with the subject and enhances the graphical aspects of the composition. Interesting and well framed.

24 Jul 2013 6:53pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Magnificent write up Steve - Did they allow you to photograph? How awesome is that!! Wonderful!

24 Jul 2013 8:29pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Not at Feast Day. No cameras or cellphones allowed.

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful textures, open sky and history you have captured! This is so interesting!

24 Jul 2013 8:44pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

I think it's great they keep their old ways even as Christians, that helps them maintain their identity as Indians ... Beautiful shot of this interesting place and great information !!! Thanks for sharing Steve ...

24 Jul 2013 8:55pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine graphics and tones. i await your other story

24 Jul 2013 10:46pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Really beautiful monochrome, Steve.

25 Jul 2013 1:00am

Abena from Illinois, United States

I like the sky here and your processing seems to make it even stronger. By the way, the dances sound absolutely cool!

25 Jul 2013 2:47am

L'angevine from Angers, France

merci pour l'info où je comprends mieux le site

25 Jul 2013 6:09am

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

A magnificent picture, great framing and beautiful sepia treatment. The series is great and it is very interesting to follow. Congratulations Steve.

25 Jul 2013 10:54am

rian from vestavia hills, United States

good tidbit of info provided for this scene, nicely captured too.

25 Jul 2013 2:04pm

Rebecca from Oregon, United States

Fabulous black and white and a great story. How fortunate to be invited.

26 Jul 2013 4:10pm

Nicole from Aix en Provence, France

very interesting !

31 Jul 2013 7:50am