Nee Hemish: A History of Jemez Pueblo

Joe S. Sando

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Synopsis: In this intimate account of Jemez Pueblo from distant times to the modern era, historian Joe S. Sando profiles the multi-faceted history of one of the most vital and enduring of the Pueblo Indian communities of New Mexico. Sando writes about many of the events he describes with the authority of a participant and a witness. Sando follows the story of the Hemish (people of Jemez) from the origins and development of Pueblo civilization to the continuing struggles with the United States Government to maintain the sovereignty, land and water rights so vital to the survival of the Pueblo people today. Although all nineteen pueblos are closely related to one another historically, socially, and culturally, each is considered by its citizens to be a sovereign nation with its own government, customs, language and sense of destiny. Sando also discusses Pueblo government, land ownership and water rights, farming and irrigation, the coming of the railroad, the influence of the Catholic church, the influx of people from Pecos Pueblo (now part of Jemez), education at the Pueblo, the importance of the sport of long-distance running and of artists past and present. The appendix contains a compendium of historical information.

About the Author: Joe S. Sando was born into the Sun Clan at Jemez Pueblo in 1923. The former director of the Institute of Pueblo Study and Research at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sando taught Pueblo Indian history at the University of New Mexico, the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and at U.S. International University. The first chairman of the All Indian Pueblo Housing Authority and the first chairman of the State Judicial Council, Sando was a former commissioner on the Higher Education Task Force and the Po'pay Statuary Hall Commission. He also served on the board of Americans for Indian Opportunity. He received many awards, including an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of New Mexico, the Excellence in Humanities Award from the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities Council, and lifetime achievement awards from the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA), Jemez Pueblo, and the All Indian Pueblo Council. Sando authored "Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History"; "Pueblo Profiles: Cultural Identity through Centuries of Change"; and his memoirs, "Pueblo Recollections: The Life of Paa Peh". He co-authored, with Herman Agoyo, "Po'pay: Leader of the First American Revolution" and was a contributor to several other books on Indian history.

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Title: Nee Hemish: A History of Jemez Pueblo
Publisher: Clear Light Pub
Publication Date: 2008
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