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    “Southwest Pieta”
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    Martineztown Park
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    by VeronicaG Updated Oct 30, 2007

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    Torquoise jewelry has become identified with the Southwest. You find it everywhere!

    It 's a highly prized gemstone with great cultural significance in the American Southwest.

    The blue torquoise is referred to as "Father Sky' by Native Americans, while the greener stones symbolize "Mother Earth".

    Most of us just appreciate the beauty it adds to a stylish piece of silver jewelry. See my shopping tip for the best place to find this souvenir of the Southwest.

    For more information on this stone and the customs surrounding it, read Torquoise Unearthed by Joe Dan Lowry

    Torquoise--A Southwest Tradition
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    by AlbuqRay Updated Oct 25, 2013

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    The custom of marking the site of a death on the highway has deep roots in the Hispanic culture of the Southwest, where these memorials are often referred to as Descansos, "resting places". Traditionally, Descansos were memorials erected at the places where the funeral procession paused to rest on the journey between the church and the cemetery. The association thus created among the road, the interrupted journey, and death as a destination, eventually found expression in the practice of similarly marking the location of fatal accidents on the highway. Descansos are sad in some respects but also moving in their love for the departed. One only needs to look at these (and other) pictures to see examples of how true this is. Everyone should honor and respect these sites. Although we seem to notice descansos mostly on rural highways, they are found in cities too. See KymbaNM's site for much more information.

    Remembering a Loved One Eubank and I-40 in Albuquerque Do Not Know What the Empty Rum Bottle Means Looking East on Indian School Near Eubank
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    Remembering and Honoring the Dead

    by AlbuqRay Written May 13, 2007

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    Kymbanm organized a mini-VT meet at the Dia de los Muerto (Day of the Dead) celebration in Burton Park, Albuquerque. There were musicians, dancers and artists all enjoying the beautiful Fall weather and full moon. Then again, I left before it got totally dark; who knows what happened then! There were food and drink with attendees doing a potluck. We saw Capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art) by the Cordao de Ouro group. There was also a group (maybe Danzantes Aztecas) that did a wonderful, enchanting ceremonial dance to honor the dead. I'll do a Dia de los Muertos travelogue with some of my pictures.

    Maybe Not As Benign After Dark
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