Cuentos de las Estrellas (Stories of the Stars), Summer 2010

Photo image of "Cuentos de las Estrellas" mosaic mural

All cultures have looked to the night skies and used the stars to guide navigation, agricultural cycles, creation stories, and other cultural narratives. The figures in the design represent “celestial guardians.” The deer is a bridge between our world and the world of myth; her antlers and hooves are laced with stars as she leaps into the night sky. At the center of the mural is the thunderbird – a powerful guardian symbol combining design elements from many different cultures. The design inside the bear is the constellation of the Big Dipper; it is also a heart line often depicted in Pueblo art.

Lead Apprentices

Vanessa Alvarado

Staci Drangmeister

Lead Artists

Margarita Paz-Pedro

Cassandra Reid

This Project Was Funded By


New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps

City of Albuquerque Public Art Program