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Pueblo Household Shrine
1992

Catholicism in the Pueblos
Pueblo shrines like this one typically hold both Catholic and traditional religious objects. A dance kilt covers the shelf, which holds a dance rattle made from a gourd and sacred corn alongside a statue of Santa Clara, pictures of Catholic saints, votive candles, and a cross with rosary beads. The painted wood panel, or retablo, at the upper left depicts the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, an Iroquois convert of the 17th century whom many Native Americans revere as a special benefactor. For some Native American Catholics, including many in New Mexico, Kateri supports a strong sense of Native American nationalism. They advocate the Catholic Church's change of her designation as Blessed to canonization as a saint.

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Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680)
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