Featured Photo: Burning the Zozobra in Santa Fe

Featured Photo: Burning the Zozobra in Santa Fe



The annual burning of the Zozobra in Santa Fe, New Mexico began in 1924 by artist William Howard Shuster, who was inspired by Holy Week celebrations of the Yaqui. Each year thousands gather to watch the Zozobra burn as a way to remove old worries, transition into Autumn, and commemorate the “peaceful reoccupation” of Santa Fe.

But it’s apparently common knowledge that Natives aren’t welcome at the celebration—the jury is still out on whether or not that is true or not. When ICTMN attended, it seemed like a mixture of family and partygoers attending, punctuated with chants of “Burn him! Burn him!”

See more images from the even below.

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This image was featured in this week’s Indian Country Today Media Network newsletter.

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