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Mariano Navajo Chief New Mexico 1885

Mariano Martinez, a Native American (Navajo) man. He holds a shotgun and wears a fringed blanket, leggings, cloth belt, silver bead necklace with naja pendant, bead necklace, and a fur pelt cap.
Date: Between 1885 and 1886
Creator: Ben Wittick
Collection Laboratory of Anthropology, Inc. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Call Number X-32983

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  • Ernest Desiderio on 2015-Nov-04 22:29:25 Ernest Desiderio said

    My grandmothers maiden name was Mable Mariano, I understand her late father was the one of the first lawman within the Eastern Agency rode around on horse back, with a Navajo name "Tall Slender Policeman" can't spell it in the Navajo language. From what I was told he was a son or grandson of Chief Mariano. Would love to know more but that's all we know.
  • Charleston on 2020-Oct-30 13:07:19 Charleston said

    Love my Nali side. I give respect for the last name and a story I heard from my dad through my great Nali man.
  • Rosanda Mariano on 2021-Nov-23 19:48:59 Rosanda Mariano said

    Am proud to be a descendent of Chiel Mariano.
  • Steven McFadden on 2021-Dec-02 17:34:15 Steven McFadden said

    Hello -
    I'm a writer working with the family of the late Leon Secatero (1943-2008) to complete a biography. Leon was a livelong friend of the late Martin M. Martinez of Haystack, NM, who served as a WW II Code Talker with the US Marines. He was also a highly respected chanter and ceremonialist. I am wondering whether Martin M. Martinez may have been a descendant of Mariano Martinez. I'd welcome any clues folks might be able to offer.
  • Steven McFadden on 2021-Dec-02 17:34:16 Steven McFadden said

    Hello -
    I'm a writer working with the family of the late Leon Secatero (1943-2008) to complete a biography. Leon was a livelong friend of the late Martin M. Martinez of Haystack, NM, who served as a WW II Code Talker with the US Marines. He was also a highly respected chanter and ceremonialist. I am wondering whether Martin M. Martinez may have been a descendant of Mariano Martinez. I'd welcome any clues folks might be able to offer.
  • Steven McFadden on 2022-Jun-30 16:49:55 Steven McFadden said

    Howdy - As of this month I'm almost finished writing the book mentioned above, which will benefit the non-profit Striking Eagle tournament that takes place each December in Albuquerque for high school basketball teams from reservations around NM and AZ. The tourney also, importantly, introduces the players to a range of educational and trade opportunities.

    So, if anyone has information about whether Martin M. Martinez, the son of Julian Patricio "Paddy" Martinez (1881-1969) of Grants, NM was a descendant of Chief Mariano Martinez, please reach out. It would be a big help in completing the circle of this story.

    With respect, Steven

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