A Lady Bug and My Ancestry…

Today we were in my home town- Pojoaque. We are working on a block wall for our renter, and my friend. Gotta keep the physical and mental self balanced LoL! 🙂 Since I was up at the break of day, I also decided to take my mom breakfast in bed!

Block wall_10.1.2011

While I was on a break, I was thinking… I could see the Black Mesa from where I was resting. A green ladybug landed on my glove. Strange… I have never seen a green ladybug?? What did it mean?

The mesa marks the location of San Ildefonso Pueblo. My paternal great great grandmother, Catalina Roybal de Lujan once owned over 20 acres of land in the pueblo (Zimmerman Survey). In the 1930s the Pueblo Lands Board brought cases against many living in the pueblo, and Catalina was one of those people. It is likely that she could not verify she was a member of the pueblo, and lost her property as a result. My paternal great great grandmother is said to have been a captive, but the story remains oral to date.

When I was a little girl, my family frequently visited the Black Mesa, the Rio Grande, and we went fishing in the pond at San Ildefonso. Many times we would ride our three wheelers deep into the land to have a picnic together (when it was ok to do that). We also went to see various ceremonial dances there, and as I got older, I went to feast day celebrations with and of friends. The feast day for this pueblo falls in January.

Ladybug on my Glove_10.1.2011

I can’t help but wonder if my ancestors who lived in San Ildefonso Pueblo were some of those who originally fled the villages of Mesa Verde and Bandelier because of a poor environment. Maybe they were interested in finding a new home near the river? Or maybe my ancestors were some of those from the pueblo who held off Spanish soldiers (on the mesa) during the reconquest of New Mexico in the 1690s?

Naturally I had to look up the ladybug. What did this bug landing on me mean? The bug came to me as I contemplated my ancestry, and looked to a place they called home. A ladybug is a power animal. This bug is a symbol of past lives, and of enlightenment. Hummm? Of course it is!! Ina Woolcott says “ladybug’s medicine includes carrying the golden strand that leads to the centre of the universe, past lives, spiritual enlightenment, death and rebirth, renewal, regeneration, fearlessness, protection, good luck, and wishes being fulfilled.” Woolcott says “they get us back in touch with the joy of living – we must let go of our fears and go back to our roots, to love.”

What an amazing thing to happen to me!!! Maybe this sweet little bug was my messenger?

Black Mesa_10.1.2011

***Pueblo Notes— San Ildefonso Pueblo is a little over 20 miles from Santa Fe off of US 84/285. To get to this beautiful pueblo you then travel west on NM 502. This northern Tewa pueblo has been an artist hub for as long as people from the valley can remember. The most notable artistry has been the black-on-black pottery of the famous María and Julian Martínez.

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