National Geographic : 1963 Aug
GEOGRAPHIC pictures re-create the past for Indian members IKE MANY FATHERS, Porfirio Montoya turns to his col lection of NATIONAL GEO GRAPHICS to instruct his son. Governor of the Santa Ana tribe of Pueblo Indians in New Mexico, Mr. Montoya here illustrates a point in Indian history with color photographs of Mesa Verde cliff houses in the December, 1961, issue. Montoya's knowledge of Pueblo traditions has helped the National Park Service and the National Geographic So ciety in their preservation of Indian villages that cling to the cliffs of Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. About 700 years ago, drought-stricken cliff dwellers abandoned their homes, and many migrated to New Mexico. Ancestors of the Montoyas presumably were among them. Support for such projects comes from the modest dues of members. Why not share your enjoyment and, at the same time, help further your Soci ety's aims. Nominate your friends for membership. The blank below can be their open sesame to adventure. Only surviving potter of the Santa Ana Pueblo Indians, Dora Montoya applies a rainbow design to a water jar. Husband Porfirio reads to son Floyd from a NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. Navajo rugs, obtained in trade, brighten their adobe home.