Who is up for continuing our trip around New Mexico? Well, good. N is up next.
If you look up the word Nambe (nom-BAY), you actually get quite a few different options – a business, metal work, a pueblo, pottery, and more. We are going to take a quick look at Nambe Pueblo and the pottery from these Native people.
Nambe Pueblo is found in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in northern New Mexico, about 20 miles from Santa Fe. They are a Tewa speaking people. They are thought to be descendants of the Mogollon peoples and the Anasazi peoples that settled the area hundreds of years ago.
Nambe Pueblo is known for agriculture, textiles, and pottery. Pottery has become a collectible and there are very few intact pieces of pottery still known to be in existence. The pottery was polychrome but has not been known to be made since around the 1830s. They have worked to bring back the pottery styles.
Nambe is also the name of a metalware company that is well-known for it’s polished silver-finish, museum quality pieces. The company name came from the Nambe Pueblo and the ancient village that was there. As best I can tell, they are still headquartered in New Mexico (Santa Fe) but the pieces are no longer produced in NM. When the company began in 1951, and for quite a while afterwards, the alloy was poured by hand into hand-crafted sand molds for casting the metal pieces as a single mold. It was then shined and finished.
There are some interesting stories to be found on the internet when you start looking up the Nambe alloy. The alloy used to create the beautiful pieces is a proprietary formula so no telling what is in it. It does create a beautiful finish, though. Nambe pieces are beautiful gift pieces.
I grew up only about an hour and half away from Alamogordo, home of the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Why, you might ask, is a space history museum located in some place you have maybe never heard of? Well, I guess my answer to that would be that you haven’t read about the early stages of the space program, the atomic bomb site, or the many other folks who worked and set records at Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range. But, you might recognize some of these names – Goddard, Tombaugh, Hubbard, or Strapp. All have a part at the museum.
The museum complex includes several exhibits from artifacts, to rockets, to the International Space Hall of Fame. There is the original Daisy Track – a track used to test effects of speed and gravity forces on humans. There is a planetarium to view videos in. There is an outdoor space to see some of the sled and rockets used. There is an outdoor garden paying tribute to astronauts who have lost their lives in the pursuit of space.
One of my favorite exhibits from when I was a child was about Ham. Ham was primate who was part of the space program. In fact, he went to space. He is buried on the museum grounds.
There many interesting exhibits at the New Mexico Museum of Space History and it is worth a stop. This is yet another place I need to get the girls to. The last time we were down in Alamogordo, we visited White Sands but didn’t make it to the museum. Maybe on our next trip. . .
I keep saying that about things, don’t I? Well, okay. Maybe the trip after. 🙂
Lori, At Home.
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