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Old Pascua Photographs, ca. 1938

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Children playing with a homemade kareeta
Two boys playing with a homemade kareeta (cart). Presiliano, the older boy, is pushing the cart. The elders commented on the large size of the mesquite tree as compared with the relatively small size and number of trees at Pascua today.

The kareeta is made from a wooden box with metal disk wheels and rope for steering. It is decorated with a diamond pattern on the axle, and a cross on the front of the body. These designs would have been drawn with caliche (clay).

The kareetas were made from a variety of scrap materials available including wooden milk crates, and wheels from old baby carriages. Steering was controlled with rope reigns attached to the front wheels. Carts were put to many uses including the hauling of water from the community water pump located at the entrance of Pascua to individual homes. Individual homes in Pascua did not have running water or electricity until the Model Cities Program financed such improvements in the 1960s.
"Teodoro" or "Tiororo" (Theodore in English) was a matachini laveleo, or matachini violinist. He is pictured playing his laventa wiise (violin). Teodoro once lived in the old adobe hospital after it was closed in the early 1930s and divided into multi-family living quarters.

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