The “Wild West” of history is alive and thriving in New Mexico. This is not an exaggeration, as you will discover when you visit and explore the rugged landscapes of the fifth largest state in the U.S. Hike the rocky mesas, ski in the mountains, and rest in century-old hotels that survived the changes of time.
The wildness is a reference to the land today, more than the people. New Mexicans, who generally descend from Spanish conquerors, Native American pueblo tribes that survived the invaders, and brave pilgrims from other states already settled, have progressed, in a short time-span, to a land where families grow, stay, and contribute to the legacy. Tourists can find the history preserved in almost every location across the state, but our state also offers contemporary comforts to the visitor who wants to “see and learn” and then take a dip in the pool back at their hotel.
The gene for blue eyes entered the family when a man from Ohio settled here, in Laguna Pueblo, and married a Laguna woman. Their grandson inherited the gene for blue eyes. He became an artist, a photographer, and worked all his life with tribes across the country. For about ten years, he worked in California photographing celebrities and dignitaries at the Bob Hope Desert Classic and Ball. The work he is most known for is his collection of native portraits. They have taken him around the globe, and have been exhibited in galleries and embassies in places like London’s Barbicon, and the Czech Republic.
The name the Blue-Eyed Indian was first used at his bookstore in Laguna. After nine years, when he decided to close the store, the name stuck and has been used for other projects, but it will always be associated with that photographer, the Laguna man with blue eyes.
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