Black and white photograph of a wire grave marker commemorating someone with the surname Cuy.

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting a friend in Santa Fe. While I was there, I photographed Fairview Cemetery, a small cemetery downtown. The feel and the style was different from other cemeteries I’ve been to, with a definite Southwestern flair.

This was one of my favorite grave markers, a simple wire construction, probably handmade. I vacillated over whether the name is “Guy” or “Cuy,” as I had never heard the name Cuy before. But it does exist, so I think that’s what it is. I’d love to know the meaning and origins of this name because it’s so unusual, but information on it is scanty.

© 2015 Karen Joslin