Santa Fe artist cleans statue for American Indian Day events

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In preparation for American Indian Day, a Santa Fe artist cleaned the bronze Earth Mother statue that greets visitors outside the Capitol.

Estella Loretto wiped down the more than 6-foot-tall piece on the east side of the state Capitol building and tried to clear the fallen leaves around it so it looked shiny Friday for visitors to the New Mexico Legislature.

Events planned to mark American Indian Day include Indian speakers and performances by the Tewa Women’s Choir and the Jicarilla Apache Mundo Dancers.

The 61-year-old Loretto says her piece represents Mother Earth and her “prayer that we could all walk in harmony, balance and love one another.”

The Jemez Pueblo Indian sculptor also has another sculpture at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in downtown.

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