The El Paso Museum of Archaeology invites the public to learn more about Native American culture by attending two special events on Saturday, November 30, that celebrate Native American Heritage Month.
“This year the museum of archaeology is excited to share two different Native American art forms with our community,” said Museum of Archaeology Director Jeff Romney.
“Through pottery and storytelling, our guests can see how these traditions are passed down through generations to preserve this part of Native American culture and heritage.”
Traditional vs Non-Traditional Hopi Pottery, 2 p.m.
Master Potter Gwen Setalla (Hopi) will present as part of the Museum’s 2019 Lecture Series. Setalla is a third generation of the Frog Woman/Feather Women potters (Hopi/Tewa). She has attended many prestigious Native American art shows and has won numerous awards for her pottery.
She will discuss the traditional process from beginning steps to the firing process and will also illustrate how commercially available materials are sometimes used. Visitors can meet the artist from 12:30 to 1:30 pm and 3:30 to 5:00 pm. Ms. Setalla will have pottery and jewelry available for purchase.
Native American Storytelling, 5 p.m.
Alex Mares (Diné) will share Coyote Stories, which are traditionally told in winter by Navajo, Pueblo and Apache Tribes. Mares is a formally trained Native American storyteller and interpreter whose cultural background includes Diné, Pueblo, Jicotec and Spanish.
The family-oriented event will be outdoors around a campfire so please dress warmly. Hot chocolate will be served. Please bring a folding chair or campstool.
Native American Heritage has been recognized by the United States in various ways since 1976 when President Gerald Ford proclaimed a week in October as Native American Awareness Week. November was proclaimed Native American Heritage Month in 1990 and has been recognized as such since then.