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Marcia Keegans book Enduring Culture A Century of Photography of the Southwest Indians beautifully portrays the Pueblo cultures strength By juxtaposing antique photographs from the early 1900s with photos of the same scene taken as much as a hundred years later Keegan powerfully demonstrates how the Pueblo culture has endured the torment of the ages In Momadays The House Made of Dawn we see how these fragile customs and rituals managed to survive a century of momentous change Throughout the 1960s 70s and 80s Keegan photographed scenes and events of Southwestern Indian life Unbeknownst to her some of these images were closely identical to those taken by the frontier photographers at the turn of the century Seen side by side these images make poignant statements about the deeply imbedded culture of the Pueblos The photographs are so strikingly similar that it is uncanny to think Keegan had not made a conscious attempt to replicate the frontier photographers images The photos capture women in their daily tasks sculpting and firing pottery weaving baskets baking bread winnowing corn and combing hair men in full regalia performing the Eagle Corn and Buffalo Dances and children playing in the streets with pueblos in the distance Momaday relates the turbulent times this Pueblo culture faced as well as how it prevailed through such times in The House Made of Dawn On the eve of his death Francisco recalls taking his grandsons Abel and Vidal out to Campo Santo at dawn They must learn the whole contour of the black mesa They must know it as they knew the shape of their hands always and by heart The sun rose up on the black mesa at a different place each day They must know the long journey of the sun on the black mesa how it rode in the seasons and the years and they must live according to the sun appearing for only then
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