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Nachos are a favorite New Mexican treat.Nachos
A very popular Mexican appetizer or snack, nachos are tortilla chips covered in cheese. Other ingredients are often added, including refried beans, spiced ground beef, guacamole, jalapenos and sour cream. Nachos are said to have originated at a restaurant in Piedras Negras, when a number of women on a shopping trip stopped in after closing time. The maitre d', Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya, offered to make the hungry ladies what he could from that which was left in the kitchen. He cut tortillas into triangles and covered them with cheese, naming them "Nachos Especial." Ignacio later went on to open his own restaurant, named appropriately, "Nachos." Nachos are now served throughout the world, and especially in the Southwestern United States. (~Aimee)

Hopi/Tewa potter, Nampeyo (1859-1942), is regarded as the finest Hopi potter of her generation. Nampeyo practiced capturing the spirit of the classical style without technically repeating its design elements. Her work was later honored with its own name, becoming known as "Hano Polychrome." Her successful founding and maintenance of the Sityatki Revival Movement in ceramics would not only breath new life into an ancient art form, it also improved the economic standing of the Hopi/Tewa people, starting a family tradition of pottery craftsmanship that has lasted generations. Her legacy lives on in numerous Arizona-based family members who are potters, as well as in her great, great grandson, world-renowned Santa Fe painter and sculptor Dan Namingha, and his sons, Arlo and Michael. (~Aimee)

Santa Fe's Palace of the Governors plays host to Native Americans who sell their handcrafted goods under its portal.Native American (or Indian)
A member of any of the indigenous peoples of North, Central, and South America, especially those of North America, previously known as American Indians. The term Native American has replaced American Indian in many official contexts. While Native American is preferred by some as being a more accurate description, American Indian is still in general use, because it is not normally regarded as offensive to either the American Indian or those who prefer to use the term. (~Aimee)

Pictured top to bottom: 1} A plate of nachos; 2} Native Americans selling their wares at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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