Window display celebrating Native American Heritage Month and Thanksgiving at the Roadrunner Emporium, 2nd Life Gallery, 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo New Mexico
The commissioned window display crafted by Rootart (root art) artist Rene Sepulveda and Author and Collaborating Artist Chris Edwards celebrates Native American culture and its intersection to our Thanksgiving, a celebration of the harvest and the earth.
November is National Native American Heritage Month, a tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. We invite you to commemorate this special month right here in New Mexico, home to 23 pueblos, tribes, and nations and more than 1,000 years of Native culture by viewing our educational window display.
On August 3, 1990, President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The idea of giving thanks is central to Native heritage and culture, and Thanksgiving is simply a chance to appreciate the good things of life like family, community, and the riches of the land.
Long before settlers arrived, Native tribes celebrated the harvest and the gift of Mother Earth’s abundance. Native American spirituality, both traditionally and today, emphasizes gratitude for creation, care for the environment, and recognition of the human need for communion with nature and others.
Thanksgiving as a holiday originates from the Native American philosophy of giving without expecting anything in return. In the first celebration of this holiday, the Wampanoag tribe not only provided the food for the feast, but also the teachings of agriculture and hunting (corn, beans, wild rice, and turkey are some specific examples of foods introduced by Native Americans.
This window display represents an appreciation for the lessons of Native Americans and their contributions to the celebration of Thanksgiving and the communion with nature and humanity it represents.
Created in collaboration by Rene Sepulveda and myself and commissioned for Debra Reyes and her Roadrunner Emporium, 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo New Mexico in honor of all of our families united in our quest for a safe, healthy, beautiful and bountiful Thanksgiving season. Thank you Quynh Giao Tonnu and Mary Sittle for your contributions and inspiration. The Gallery showcases over 40 artist and celebrate the abundance of the harvest this season.