ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mary Cabot Wheelwright was rich, demanding and quite likely a snob.
But this Boston Brahmin who camped in the New Mexico desert, rode sidesaddle through the mountains and eschewed alcohol boasted a mind as open as the Southwestern skies. She was a good sport, and she drank tea.
The namesake of Santa Fe’s Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian left no known journals or diaries behind when she died in 1958. That absence may have been a factor in the dearth of information on the woman who devoted her adulthood to an understanding of Navajo spiritual life. She served as a trustee of various New Mexico institutions and funded projects for museums throughout the state.