We completed our tour of St. Michael's Mission with Cathy today. The mission was founded by Katharine Mary Drexel in 1896 and operated by the Franciscans on the Navajo Reservation.
This original adobe mission and its historic interior have been preserved as a museum, interpreting missionary life and reservation life at the turn of the century. It is only a sub-divided stone building but it offers the best insight into the Navajo culture of the early 20th century. This mission of the Franciscan Friars had great influence on the Navajo people and their religious and school teachings.
|Original Mission and Now Museum|
This altar is an example of early church altars everywhere.
This building was separated into four compartments which served as bedrooms and workrooms for the early Friars. This is a replica of a Friars room as described by a sister of the Blessed Sacrament. Each room had a bed, a table, paper, two or three pair of trousers hanging on the door, an overcoat, a hat or two, a chair, a number of cigar boxes cut in half to hold letters, and it was lighted by windows about 3'x 4'.
|The Crucifix Rug|
|Zuni Jar with Frog Effigies and Baskets|
|View of the Mission Church from the Museum|
|The rooms now look deserted but are used for various meetings.|
|Beautiful doors throughout|
The prayer chapel is built as a circular prayer Hogan with a dirt floor so that it would lend itself well to prayer meetings and healing services in the Navajo tradition.
|Redemption of Humankind Wood Carving|
|Seating around the Hogan Chapel|
|Back of the Redemption of Humankind Carving|
|The Entrance to the Rectory|
Well, our tour is over and so was our time here so we had to say goodbye to Cathy. Hopefully, our separation won't be as long as last time.
Mary managed to take a picture of the full moon illuminating the New Mexico countryside as we were driving home. This wasn't easy as we were bumping around in our truck!!