Abiqutie pays homage to a few things through its name.
It is the name of my home village, Abiquiu, a little village nestled in the Chama River valley of Northern New Mexico. It’s translated into English from the Navajo Haʼagizh, which although the real meaning has unfortunately been lost over time, as a child was taught to me as meaning ‘sweetwater’—a profound and weighty title given to it by its indigenous inhabitants in the middle of the high mountain desert.
Secondly, although this village is most often known as the place that famous American artist Georgia O’Keefe lived and created her stunning works, what is lesser known is that this village was the birthplace of one of the largest intentionally created Muslim community in the 1980’s in the United States, Dar al Islam. The name pays homage to my memories of a community of Muslims who have come together…
- Joined May 17, 2010