Douglas Johnson has been painting in northern New Mexico for over forty years. Several of his paintings are now available as Christmas cards. This one shows the adobe church at Picurís Pueblo, the “Hidden Pueblo” on the High Road to Taos. This pueblo does the Matachines Dance on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The dancers include Malinche, the Monarca, the Abuelo, the Toro (bull) and two rows of Matachines dancers. The traditional hispanic dance is accompanied by the music played by a violin and a guitar. It was brought north by the Spanish colonists, but it is done at several Indian pueblos like Picurís.
With Holiday Greetings.