Friday, October 25, 2013
Bosque Redondo Memorial Museum
The other thing we wanted to see at Fort Sumner was the Bosque Redondo Memorial Museum, honoring the Navajo and Mescalero Apache people, who were forcibly moved from their traditional homelands to the land surrounding this lonely outpost.
This was a weaving showing the Long Walk, where Mescalero Apache were rounded up from their homes in the Sacramento Mountains and brought to Bosque Redondo in early 1863. Over 50 different groups made the trek over a period of nearly three years. Four different routes were used, based on the weather, water, and rations available along the way.
Whenever I don't remember what is in a picture, I call it an artifact.
A model of Fort Sumner. It is no longer standing.
Seeds used to color weaving.
Over 8,500 Navajo and nearly 500 Mescalero Apache were spread along the banks of the Pecos River with the Bosque Redondo.
Today a unique new museum designed by Navajo architect David Sloan-- shaped like a hogan and a tepee--and an interpretive trail, provide information about the tragic history of Fort Sumner and Bosque Redondo Indian Redondo Indian Reservation.