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Original artwork by Barbara Drake.
Lying about twenty miles southwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in typical desert country, is Mount Chalchihuitl. The name "Chalchihuitl" is a Nahua word derived from the word "xui" meaning blue. Nahuatl is a group of related languages that was spoken by the Aztecs, and has been spoken in central Mexico since the 7th century AD. The word "Chalchihuitl" is used to refer to other green stones such as emeralds and jade, and has the connotation of preciousness. Southwestern people has valued opaque, blue-green turquoise stones for trade, ornamentation, and ceremonial use for thousands of years. These stones appear in Navajo, Zuni and Hopi creation myths.
Copyright: (c)Barbara Drake. All rights reserved.
May 12th, 2012
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