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Learn about the inspiration behind this work of art and the spiral design near the entrance.
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Nora Naranjo-Morse, who is Santa Clara Pueblo from New Mexico, is the artist who created these sculptures entirely of organic materials. Like the seasons that change around them, these sculptures are also changing -- which is why this installation is called "Always Becoming." Here is Nora Naranjo-Morse reading from one of her poems.
We are the mud builders
Who make homes from spit and dust
And so we have arrived
At the crossroads of asphalt and fertile ground.
Where Old Man Rock watches his children
Mix dreams and earth
Under the elm's expansive wings.
Breathe the old woman says
Sing your father's sweet grass song
Prayer bundles in hand
As you become
Keep breathing as you become.
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Find the spiral design on the pavement. Duane Blue Spruce.
There's a spiraling pattern loosely referencing the lunar standstills which is periods of extremes in daily moonrise and moonset patterns that occur on a 19 year cycle. This is actually tracked historically by the Anasazi people at Chaco Canyon and there's actually petroglyphs on Fajada Butte there where they actually mark this lunar standstill period of 19 years.
Renée Gokey is Eastern Shawnee and Sac and Fox.
Well in general the moon is associated with women and so because of the importance of the tides and the waters and so forth, the moon guides us in many respects and traditionally amongst many Native peoples there are certain moons for when to gather certain parts of the plant. There is a story, it's an old story about Kokumthena who is a grandmother figure in Shawnee culture and Kokumthena it is said, sits in the sky and she's weaving and working on a basket and it's said that there's a little dog, a little weespa at her feet and this dog when she works on the basket day and when she sleeps the dog begins to unravel the basket. So it's an old story about creation and aboutdestruction and I think the fine balance between both.