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image by Donald Healy, 29 December 2007
map image by Peter Orenski based on input from Don Healy
Cochiti Pueblo-Keres Nation - New Mexico
The Rio Grande River in New Mexico has served as the life's blood for the Pueblo Indians for centuries. The deserts of New Mexico make water a precious resource. It is the value of the water of the Rio Grande that led the Keres speaking people of the Cochiti Pueblo to settle along its western banks long before the coming of the European and names like 'New Mexico' or 'Rio Grande'.
The approximately 1,000 members of the Pueblo of Cochiti hold 28,000 acres out of a land that was once vast and free (REAI, p 17). They are one of seven Pueblos that speak the Keres language, the others being Acoma, Laguna, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Santo Domingo and Zia (ENAT, p. 209).
© Donald Healy 2008
To represent the Cochiti Pueblo, the Tribe is believed to use a light yellow or buff colored flag bearing the tribal seal in the center and the Pueblo's name in Spanish.
The Pueblo's seal is a golden circle edged in black and then blue. Within the seal appears a ceremonial drum used for dances and other rites of the Native population. The drum appears in full color. The beating surface and the lacing to hold the surface in place are black. Of the triangles formed by the lacings on the side of the side of the drum, lower triangles are blue while the upper triangles are red. The top and bottom of the sides are decorated with white bands separated from the triangles by narrow black stripes. On the golden disc the name "Pueblo de Cochiti" and "New Mexico" appear, respectively above and below the central drum in red.
On the background color of the flag, the name "Pueblo de Cochiti" is repeated as an arch above the Pueblo's seal in black letters.
© Donald Healy 2008
information provided by Peter Orenski, 29 December 2007