“Santa Fe Indian School Runner”
In 1680, Po’Pay, a tribal leader from San Juan Pueblo (also known as Ohkay Owingeh), along with other tribal leaders planned and orchestrated the Pueblo Revolt. They sent out runners starting from Taos Pueblo to all the Pueblos carrying knotted cords made from maguey fiber, the knots signifying the number of days remaining until the appointed day. Each morning the Pueblo leadership was to untie one knot from the cord, and when the last knot was untied, that would be the signal for them to rise against the Spaniards in unison. This sculpture titled “The Messenger” represents one of these runners that carried the message to the Pueblos.