“El Paso Museum of Archaeology” by Susan Barnum
The El Paso Museum of Archaeology invites the public to view two new exhibitions that focus on the cosmos, constellations and mythology and the enigma of the Salado people.
Astronomy and the Mesoamerican Cosmos is a look at the cosmos, constellations and mythology from a Mesoamerican perspective. Like the ancient peoples of the Old World, the inhabitants of the New World placed a high importance on the movement of the heavens throughout the year.
In time, these groups developed astronomical systems that are distinct from those that modern Western Society find familiar.
The multi-media exhibit features the work and research of Fernando Arturo Rodriguez, artist and student of Mesoamerican Cosmology. Rodriguez is a Limited-Residency Undergraduate student of interdisciplinary studies at Prescott College in Arizona.
His work on Mesoamerican astronomy has been presented at universities and institutions across the U.S. and Mexico. He lives with his wife and son in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
The exhibit will remain on display through April 20.
With the Salado Enigma: The Melding of Southwest Cultures, visitors will explore the appearance of the Salado and their beautiful Redware Polychromes in the Southwest. This has been the subject of much research and debate since the earliest days of archaeological investigation in the region.
The multi-media exhibit explores the Salado people, their possible origins, lifeways, and disappearance from the Salt and Gila River Basins in the Western New Mexico and Eastern Arizona Highlands. In addition, the exhibit features beautiful examples of Salado Polychromes and other artifacts from the museum’s own collection as well as objects on loan from Cochise College in Arizona.
The exhibit will remain on display through June 1.