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Women of Route 66

         The seventh section of the World Longest Native American Painting was created in 2015.

 

Created in 1926, Route 66 also known as the Mother Road crosses 25 tribal Nations from Illinois to

 California. Over half of the length of this iconic highway runs through Indian Country. It was built

      as the primary route for the migration of farm workers from the Midwest to California and it

      became an important route for moving  military equipment during the second World War.

     This painting depicts some of these indigenous communities who have been directly affected

                by the establishment of this iconic highway which crosses their tribal lands.

 

Depiction of the tribes from left to right :

 

* Sauk Tribe of Illinois : Sauk or Sac people also known as People of the Yellow Earth.

 

* Ho-Chunk Tribe of Wisconsin : Formerly known as the Winnebago.

 

* Fox Tribe of Missouri/Oklahoma : The nomadic Meskwaki People (People of the Red Earth)

                                    originated in Northeastern Wisconsin and joined the Sauk People during their

                                    resistance to the French colonization.

 

* Osage Nation of Oklahoma : They are located today in Northeastern Oklahoma/Western

                                                     Missouri.

 

* Wichita and Affiliated Tribes of Oklahoma : They live along the Washita River since

                                                                                Prehistory.

 

* Otoe and Missouria of Oklahoma : The Otoe-Missouria people migrated to Missouri and finally

                                                                settled in Red Rock, Oklahoma.

 

* Kiowa of Oklahoma : Originally from the headwaters of the Yellowstone River in Western

                                         Montana, they migrated to the central plains and finally made their home

                                         in Oklahoma.

 

* Choctaw/Cherokee of Oklahoma : The Choctaw people originate from Mississippi and they

                                                               were removed to Indian Territory of Oklahoma in 1832

                                                               where they became great allies of Chickasaw People.

                                                               Relocated in the southern plains it is common to encounter

                                                               families with  both Choctaw and Cherokee heritage.

 

* Isleta Del Sur Tribe of Texas : These Pueblo People have been separated from their original land

                                                       in Albuquerque, NM and were relocated in southern Texas near

                                                       the Mexican border.

 

* Laguna Pueblo of New Mexico : West of Albuquerque, this pueblo is crossed by Route 66 which

                                                           later became the Interstate 40. 

* Isleta Pueblo of New Mexico : Another pueblo directly affected by the construction of Route 66.     

* Navajo Nation of Arizona : Nanaba Aragon from the Navajo reservation represents her Dine

                                                  Nation. Route 66 spans almost 400 miles and crosses through the

                                                  entire reservation.

 

* Hualapai of Arizona : Hualapai Nation from Peach Springs, AZ also known for their springs.

 

* Pechanga of California : The Pechanga Band of Luisenos Indians are known for their

                                              extraordinary basketry.

* Chumash of California : The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is located in Santa

                                              Barbara County.

 

* Morongo of California : The Morongo Band of  Mission Indians is located in the Banning area

                                             where Route 66 almost reaches its end.

* Tongva Tribe of California : The Tongva People lived in what is known today as Los Angeles

                                                    County. Route 66 ends in Santa Monica, one of the most ancient

                                                    and traditional sites of these people who had developed a vibrant

                                                    Culture in the Los Angeles Basin.

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