The Light from the Southwest
The kind of light that you can admire from this image is quite famous in the great state of New Mexico. Many associate it with the orange light that comes with the sunrise and sunset as being very desert like and from the Southwest. One thing is for sure, it does draw the gaze in. This is largely due to the simple fact that it tends to conjure up calm thoughts and quite peaceful notions that may be in stark contrasts to the stresses many people navigate through in their lives. If you would like something thats representative of peace, you can't go wrong with this particular item.
However, what makes this a souvenir item is the presence of the Southwest architecture that can't be found in most of the United States. In this sense, it tells a story, not only about the condition in which the people in this part of of the United States have to endure, but the culture that has distinguished itself.
New Mexico and its Unique Culture
New Mexico is a unique state as it blends Native Americans, Spanish, Mexican and American culture. It is no wonder, as its territory has been the natural residence for an array of Native communities, was part of the Spanish Empire, was administered by the Mexicans after they declared their Independence from Spain, and finally was acquired by the Americans as a consequence of the Mexican-American War in 1848.
But, the basis for this mix is the rich Native Americans communities which have, today, a significant and active role in the state's doings, perhaps as in no other state of the union. Navajos, Clovis, Apache and Ute are some of the groups that have inhabited the territory in ancient times and, still, their descendants live in New Mexico today. Their sense of pride is reflected in the museums and in the daily lifestyle that embrace the spirituality of their ancestors. Also, it can be found in the intriguing arts and crafts and artwork that can be appreciated in the art galleries in the state and in others cities of United States. All in all, his is a great travel souvenir to take back home.