Sunday, July 24, 2016

Carl Jung and the Taos Pueblo Revolt

“See how cruel the whites look. Their lips are thin, their noses sharp, their faces furrowed and distorted by folds. Their eyes have a staring expression; they are always seeking something. What are they seeking? The whites always want something; they are always uneasy and restless. We do not know what they want. We do not understand them. We think they are mad.”

A New Mexican Indian chief spoke those words to analytical psychologist Carl Jung in 1925. Jung’s encounters with Native Americans at the Taos pueblo raised his awareness of how the Pueblos viewed the people who had destroyed their ancient culture and deepened his belief that humans need a sense of their individual and cultural significance to be psychologically healthy.

For more information read “Carl Jung’s Experience in New Mexico with the Pueblo Indians.”

Santa Fe’s Palace of the Governors, which was attacked by the Pueblos in August 1680

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