Tuesday, 12 January 2016 01:11

Packrats and Piñons

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We discovered this packrat cache in our woodshed.  According to William Henry Mee, Agua Fria NM historian, these have been sought out for generations.  William says:

"Another story from the Agua Fria Oral History Interviews. There is a Spanish term/phrase for this action. People would ferret out these cache nests and take all the piñon. They would then leave corn meal behind for the rodent and check the same places the next year. Some people even said a prayer over the corn meal. Apparently, when you ground corn you would sift it and the jagged pieces would be held to the side.  This was what was fed to the rodents."

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Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

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  • Comment Link William Mee Tuesday, 12 January 2016 19:55 posted by William Mee

    There was a comment to the Voces posting to this effect: If you find the ratonera be sure and leave grain, corn replacement. I think the oral history interviews in Agua Fria had a dicho based on ratonera. So I will review tapes.

    Pinon picking was such an important part of the Native Americans ability to survive here and they taught this to the Spanish. So that maybe even this custom was passed on to our Hispanic community of Northern New Mexico.

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