Mateo Romero

Tunyo (Black Mesa)


oil on canvas
24 x 30 in.
(framed) 25 x 31 in.
Indigenous culture tends to view humans as an active part of the land. The Tewa have a word for this, Poeh ha, which translates to “breath of life.” This is a life force that moves through and connects all things: rocks, water, trees, mountains, rain clouds, animals, people. The Rio Grande Pueblo world has an idea of dynamic movement within the culture: the movement of people, clouds, rain, migrations, underworld emergences. It also contains ideas of harmony and balance between these elements.