Who Are the Zuni People?


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The Zuni people are descendents of the Ancient Puebloans, natives who lived in the desert Southwest of New Mexico, Arizona, Southern Colorado and Utah. As of 2015, modern-day Zuni people live south of Gallup, New Mexico and have a population of around 6,000.

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The Zuni's tribal name is "A'shiwi," meaning "The Flesh." The Zuni Society is organized into 13 matrilineal clans. They are a religious people whose religious life focuses on spirit-beings called kachinas. They often farm using the three sisters technique, a companion planting method involving corn, bean and squash. Since the early 1800s, they have been known for crafting jewelry, beadwork, baskets, animal fetishes and pottery with turquoise and silver.

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