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Zuni Pueblo Bahais

Owaleon Nash Zuni Baha'i declared September 1962. He was born July 1, 18781 and died January 1, 1970 at the age of 98 at his residence in Black Rock, (Zuni Pueblo) New Mexico. He was married to Lawiyaniyuhsi:ts'a Lakesty. They had several sons. Owaleon was also a well-known artist and carver. This is a photo of one of his pieces carved from deer horn.

Edward N. Watasilo (Watasiloo) was the first Zuni Baha'i. He declared around 1962. He was born on April 10, 1934 to Richard Watasiloo and Sarah (Penketewa) Watasiloo. No other information is known at this time. If you know anything about Edward, please contact me at:

Roger Peywa Zuni Baha'i declared around 1962. He was born on October 14, 1928 in Zuni and died on February 10, 1975 in Zuni. His mother was Ola Paquin Pedaskile. He had one brother and one sister. Again, if anyone has any information about Roger please contact me at:

There is also mention of an elder Zuni Baha'i who was 99 years old when he declared in 1962. He had attended the Hopi Reservation Conference Observing World Peace Day. He is noted as saying that he became overwhelmed at the love and unity among the Native Baha'is from various tribes and nations and immediately declared his belief in Baha'u'llah's Message.

,p>He is noted as being active in the Gallup area Baha'i community. If anyone remembers this dear elder please contact me at:

In 1962 at the American Youth Home Front Crusade Baha'i Conference in Arizona at the Gimlin Ranch one of the Native Baha'i representatives was the first Zuni youth to accept the Message of Baha'u'llah. I haven't been able to find his name or anything else about him. If you know or remember anything about him please contact me at:

Just a note: In 1962-63 there were 11 enrolled Baha'is on Zuni Pueblo. I really need help finding them. Please write to me at:

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