Kliewer, Susan

Susan Kliewer - Women of Bosque Redondo

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Susan Kliewer - Women of Bosque Redondo

  • Bronze
  • Edition: 31 of 45
  • 23'' x 21'' x 18''
  • $5,100.00
  • SC91104-072-107
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LAST IN THE EDITION. "In 1863 the United States Government sent Kit Carson and an army of seven hundred well armed into the Navajo country to force the Dine to surrender to military rule. The Navajo were sent to Bosque Redondo, where Fort Sumner was built. I was inspired by several old photographs taken of the Navajo women at that time. They seem to capture the strength and endurance of the Navajo people during that dark period in American history. Canyon de Chelly "The Long Walk" Ganado Mucho, a Navajo chief, captive at Fort Sumner, asking for the return of his people to the Dine Bikeyah. "Let us go home to our mountains. Let us see our flocks feeding in the valleys, and let us ride again where we can smell the sage and know of the hidden hogans by the smell of pinon smoke. Let us go where we can build our homes in solitude and privacy and live again as men, not animals. Let us build a better way of life and learn to live in peace where the red buttes rise from the desert sands, and eagles sweep across the sky. Here we have nothing. Our children grow up in ugliness and death. Let us go home." At dawn on June 18, 1868 the Navajos left Fort Sumner, heading back to the Dine Bikeyah. Many years later, an old Navajo chief recalled that moment: "When we saw the top of the mountain from Albuquerque we wondered if it was our mountain, and we felt like talking to the ground, we loved it so. A Nation is not defeated until the hearts of their women are Beaten." - Susan Kliewer