Unlocked: History of the United States in 100 Objects # 8 – Pueblo Communion Chalice (Episode #93)

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-Ceramic chalice, decorated in Jemez black-on-white style, with crosses
-made in pueblo of Giusewa, between 1598 and the 1630s
-found in the ruins of the Spanish mission at Giusewa, 1937

A simple pottery chalice, probably made by a local indigenous woman, reveals the early stages of interaction between Spanish missionaries and the ancient Pueblo civilization — an intermingling that would lead to conflict, and eventually, a massive revolt that some have called “the first American Revolution.” Image courtesy of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Laboratory of Anthropology. Suggested further reading: Archaeologies of the Pueblo Revolt: Identity, Meaning, and Renewal in the Pueblo World, edited by Robert W. Preucel, especially Matthew Liebman, “Signs of Power and Resistance: The (Re)Creation of Christian Imagery and Identities in the Pueblo Revolt Era”; Ramon Gutierrez, “When Jesus Came the Corn Mothers Went Away”

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