Apparently, any two countries may differ in manyways. These include the land, the people, their culture, language, habit and many more. Yet, there are some common things which flow like a undercurrent among all the people throughout the world. That may be humanity or a certain culture or some customs.
When I visit a foreign country, I try to look for the things which are common in terms of culture, traditions and habits. I want to realize what that stream is which flows beyond the sight,which looks alike between the nations. I try to find the similarities in ample diversities, and sometimes get what I search, and obviously, I feel overjoyed. There are so many things in similar, if not all.
In my second visit to America, I found one thing astonishing. While coming from Albuquerque to Los Alamos in New Mexico, I came to know that many ‘Indians’ i.e. Native Americans live in the state and that they have some reservations in their favour. Many of them live in Pueblos. The term ‘Indians’ appeared interesting to me. We are Indians. And the native American people also call themselves American ‘Indians’.though there is nothing in similar. At a distant past Christopher Columbus discovered the land and thought it to be India. More than 400 years passed since then but the aborigines could not shed the cover of the term ‘Indians’ from them. Most of them are in the mainstream society of America now but the identity which was given to them by the history is still alive. There are so many aborigines in our country too. They are very much Indians. but instead, we divide them in different tribes and call them Santal, Kol, Veel, Munda and so on. May be, they think themselves in the same way, as the American Indians do.
A good number of handicraft stores/gift shops are located in different restareasacross the highway from New Mexico to Arizona where various items made by native Americans are sold. The items include potteries, ornaments made from turquoise and other materials etc. Sufficient advertisements in big hoardingsare displayed in many places beside the highway to attract the prospective buyers.Initially I was surprised seeing INDIAN CITY and INDIAN JEWELLERY written in bold size in the hoardings. Then realized that these are the things made by the American Indians.
I got the opportunity to see the handicraft works of the native Americans in theopen market in Santa Fe, the capital city of New Mexico.It’s a daily market, in the long courtyard of a house at central plaza of Santa Fe and pretty good number of sellers come to sell their creations. Seeing this, instantly I recalled the evening market at Sonajhuri at the side of Khowairiver at Santiniketan in my country. At Sonajhuri also, many local artisans sell their own handicraft works sitting on the ground. Their social status also sometimes resembles to that of the native American people. And there is remarkable similarity in many of theselling items which includefrom valuable showpiece to ordinary toys. Some items are only for decorating homes, some are for day to day household use. Some are made of precious stones, some are of very ordinary things. In both the places, the market closes in the evening. The sellers, then, pack up the things and go back to their respective homes. It is not that everyone lives in the city. Most of the sellers of Santa Fe live in their settlements which are called pueblos. Similarly, the sellers of Sonajhuri go back to their nearby villages like Kopai, Goalpara and Prantik. Though the countries are different, time is different and so is the standard of life between two groups of people,yet, standing at the central plaza of Santa Fe, some resemblance made me feel that the native Americans, who were selling their handicrafts a few minutes back, are the inhabitants of Sonajhuri and the surrounding area.