Historic Markers – New Mexico approves 8 new historic markers

Santa Fe, New Mexico (AP) 1-09

prominent American Indian painter whose works hang in museums in New York and San Francisco is among those being honored by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division with official scenic historic markers.

Pablita Velarde was just 19 when she was commissioned to create scenes of traditional Pueblo culture for the museum at Bandelier National Monument as part of a New Deal program. She went on to become the most prominent female Indian easel painter in the nation.

Velarde, who died in 2006, produced more than 80 works from 1939-45. She painted traditional dances, scenes of family life and daily activities such as picking berries, hunting rabbits and herding horses.


Nancy Meem Wirth, a member of the Cultural Properties Review Committee, said Velarde’s artistic achievements are widely recognized in New Mexico.

“Her work provides a window into Pueblo life, its buildings, people and culture, and it is a privilege to recognize her contributions on a state historic marker,” Wirth said.

Velarde’s marker will be placed along N.M. 5 in Santa Clara Pueblo, just north of Santa Fe.

Among the others to be recognized by markers recently approved by the committee:

–Ada McPherson Morley and her daughter Agnes Morley Cleaveland, both crusaders for women’s rights. The marker will be placed in the Datil area.

–Matilda Coxe Stevenson, the first woman to be paid as a government anthropologist. She focused much of her work on the Zuni and Hopi and was a founding member of the Woman’s Anthropological Society of America in 1885. Her marker will be in Cibola County.

–Women veterans of New Mexico, including 1st Lt. Tamara Archuleta of Los Lunas, Capt. Christel Chavez of Albuquerque and Spc. Lori Piestewa, who all died while serving their country. The marker, which will be in Sandoval County, says more than 15,000 New Mexico women have served in the military.

–Albert Jennings Fountain of Mesilla, who – with his 8-year-old son – disappeared in 1896 while carrying grand jury indictments against cattle rustlers. Fountain was a state legislator and prominent attorney. The marker will replace an old marker that contained errors.

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