Santa Fe Fiesta turns page on tribute to conquistadors

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Santa Fe Fiesta turns page on tribute to conquistadors

Dezmund Marcus of Ohkay Owingeh, N.M., performs the butterfly dance at the outset of an annual autumn festival in front of a crowd, including Roman Catholic Archbishop John Wester, right, on Friday in Santa Fe, N.M. Civic and Native American leaders this year agreed to cancel the traditional re-enactment of a 17th century conquistador reclaiming Santa Fe after a Native American revolt. Public statues and tributes to early Spanish conquerors have encountered mounting criticism tied to the brutal treatment of American Indians centuries ago by Spanish soldiers and missionaries.
Christian Romero, far right, of Ohkay Owingeh, N.M., drums and Edwin Felter, center, of Nambe, N.M., sings for a butterfly dance performance at the outset of an annual autumn festival in Santa Fe, N.M., on Friday.
Native American leaders, Paul Torres, sitting, of Isleta Pueblo, N.M., and Regis Pecos, standing, of Cochiti Pueblo, N.M., co-sign a new proclamation recognizing the “trauma, tragedy and sorrow” of the area’s colonial past, at a ceremony in Santa Fe, N.M., on Friday.

Santa Fe Fiesta turns page on tribute to conquistadors

Dezmund Marcus of Ohkay Owingeh, N.M., performs the butterfly dance at the outset of an annual autumn festival in front of a crowd, including Roman Catholic Archbishop John Wester, right, on Friday in Santa Fe, N.M. Civic and Native American leaders this year agreed to cancel the traditional re-enactment of a 17th century conquistador reclaiming Santa Fe after a Native American revolt. Public statues and tributes to early Spanish conquerors have encountered mounting criticism tied to the brutal treatment of American Indians centuries ago by Spanish soldiers and missionaries.
Christian Romero, far right, of Ohkay Owingeh, N.M., drums and Edwin Felter, center, of Nambe, N.M., sings for a butterfly dance performance at the outset of an annual autumn festival in Santa Fe, N.M., on Friday.
Native American leaders, Paul Torres, sitting, of Isleta Pueblo, N.M., and Regis Pecos, standing, of Cochiti Pueblo, N.M., co-sign a new proclamation recognizing the “trauma, tragedy and sorrow” of the area’s colonial past, at a ceremony in Santa Fe, N.M., on Friday.

Santa Fe Fiesta turns page on tribute to conquistadors

Destiny Baca, of Pojoaque, N.M., performs the butterfly dance at the outset of an annual autumn festival in Santa Fe, N.M., Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.