Wednesday, August 13, 2008

“Sasquatch?” at Cochiti Pueblo

While visiting with Wilson Romero on Cochiti Pueblo, he mentioned that some of his fellow puebloans were visiting some Sioux Indians in the Dakotas. They claimed to have seen a Bigfoot creature near a lake in the nearby hills. They reported that they had seen the creature stop at the lake and scoop up some water to sip. They went on to say that they do not allow anyone to enter that area. They feel the creature is not hurting anyone and there is no reason to intrude on his privacy.

Regular readers of Tribal Artery will remember that Wilson is one of the Romero brothers who carve animals in a certain natural style. They carve creatures from large stones and rocks found on the Cochiti Pueblo grounds.

That is one of the things that brings us to Cochiti each year. We were here to purchase some of his most recent carvings. We will be posting them to the blog and the website. In the meantime, you can see some of Wilson's vintage carvings at

As we were wrapping up our purchases from among his most recent works, he added a carving that looked like a large foot print. It was carved from locally collected basalt.

Here is a photograph of it. (No. It is not a casting of an actual footprint.)He insisted that we have it, as his gift.

We had a good laugh about his attempt to reflect the lore with a Bigfoot carving. We accepted his gift with appreciation. It will have a special place in our personal collection.

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