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Mission San José de Tumacácori Mission   Leave a comment

Tumacacori National Historical Park-art-72.jpgMission San José de Tumacácori — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“People constantly change their story…
we are writing fictitious versions of our lives all the time,
contradictory but mutually entangling stories that,
however subtly or grossly falsified, constitute our hold on reality
and are the closest thing we have to truth.”

— from Counterlife by Philip Roth

Tumacácori   Leave a comment

Ken & Mary Visit -- Mission-2-72Tumacácori (September 27, 2019)– Image by kenne

“As Jesuit Eusebio Francisco Kino and his party approached the O’odham (or Pima) settlement of Tumacácori in January 1691, they rode the wave of a century of expansion northward along New Spain’s west coast corridor. The Jesuits had performed tens of thousands of baptisms and also become the region’s most powerful social and economic force. But the tide carried them no farther north than the Pimería Alta, home of the upper Piman Indians.” — Read more . . .

 

Mission San José de Tumacácori Visitor Center Entrance — Photo-Artistry   Leave a comment

NogalesMission San José de Tumacácori Visitor Center Entrance — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Abandoned Bunkhouse Windowsill   1 comment

Bunkhouse-Edit-1-painting-blogAbandoned Bunkhouse Windowsill — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Windowsills hold many stories,
Some we may know, most go untold.

Hiking trails near the Rio Santa Curz, 
A broken barbwire fence guarded 

An old adobe structure in a grove
Of common mesquite trees

Whose shadows form a matrix
Across the wintering landscape 

Adding to a scene locked in the past
Waiting to be unlocked in a story.

Now I must turn and go back
Following the footsteps of the Pima.

— kenne

San José de Tumacácori Mission   Leave a comment

NogalesSan José de Tumacácori Mission Church Ruins — Image by kenne

Father Kino wanted a good place to settle:
A place near water, like the Santa Cruz River.

Listen close — the sound of water and animals
in a region then known as the Pimería Alta.

The Fathers followed the trading routes of the
Tohono O’odham, where they worked together,

often roaming hundreds of miles
sleeping by the rivers, purifying their ears.

— kenne

Mission San José de Tumacácori Church   Leave a comment

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Even while I walk this ground
I imagine a time that was different
For brown people whose land was
Taken by people in long robes on horses
Who proselytized the native peoples
Building missions in the harsh desert.

Today, like most colonial missions
The ruins are preserved for tourists
Mostly old people, who walk the grounds
Near the Santa Cruz River
Learning about the Spanish conquest
What was, t
hat is now no longer. 

— kenne

Mission San José de Tumacácori Sobaipuri Structures   Leave a comment

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NogalesSobaipuri (a branch of the O’odham) Structures on the Grounds of the Mission San José de Tumacácori
— Image by kenne

“The importance of any story is what is it trying to teach you.
I’m O’odham, and I’ll always be O’odham, so these stories are a part of me.
If I choose not to value my own culture, then I would have a conflict with who I am.” 

— Ron Geronimo, Tohono O’odham

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