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The Mural in INLP

by UL&LS Administration on 2018-01-31T16:42:24-07:00 | Comments

Title: IPAD: Indigenous Pueblo, Apache, Dine’: Symbiotic Relationships among Tribal Nations of New Mexico

Mural painted by Husband and Wife collaborative team, Ansulala’  (Rarmuri, Coahuila-Zacatecas, Apache)


Completed in January 2011, this mural was a collaboration between Native American Studies students/professional artists, Ansulala’ and INLP Outreach Librarian / Kiva Club advisor, Mary Alice Tsosie (Dine’). It was Mary Alice Tsosie who envisioned a federation of tribal nations of New Mexico. Her vision pictures the Pueblo, Apache, and Dine’ [Nations] to be unified, present and participatory in the academy. Ansulala’ in congruence, mapped the design to include Indigenous worldview. The result is the artwork in the INLP computer lab today. There are 3 bands painted on an architectural elegance feature along the ceiling. The Pueblos are represented in the painting with the water design. Water is an Indigenous priority, water is life. The Apache nations in New Mexico include the Jicarilla and the Mescalero Apaches. They are symbolic of the mountain design in the artwork. It is said that the spirits live in the mountains and they can be summonsed to link the natural and the supernatural. In the painting, the Dine’ Nations is associated with the star design. The star design is in rich in multiple meanings for Indigenous peoples. For this particular painting it completes the intertribal relations as complete spiritual ecology reflecting Indigenous cosmology. The painting reflects the interconnected web among the tribal nations of New Mexico. It also calls for clean water, clean earth, and clean air. Together, water, mountains and stars create an integral spiritual ecology and promote Indigenous critical consciousness.

The painting was made using primarily acrylic paints. It also utilizes natural pigments and 23k gold leafing. It was painted on site.

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