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New ‘Chacoan Outliers’ exhibit debuts at Museum of Archaeology

Officials with the El Paso Museum of Archaeology invite the public to view the new exhibit, From the Edge of Center: The Chacoan Outliers that opens on Saturday, January 25 at the museum.

“We are pleased to present this exhibit on the Chacoan outliers to the El Paso community,” said El Paso Museum of Archaeology Director, Jeff Romney. “It is not often that we get to see archaeological materials from the Four Corners region at the Museum. Many of the Ancestral Puebloan (formerly referred to as the Anasazi) cultures developed out of the Chacoan system. Many historic Puebloan peoples still see Chaco and its outliers as sacred ancestral sites.”

The exhibit features items from the museum’s permanent collection as well as items on loan from Salmon Ruins including ceramic vessels, beads, pendants, perishable materials such as sandals, and other items.

The Chacoan Culture flourished between AD 860-1150 and was originally centered at Chaco Canyon in Northwestern New Mexico. The Chacoans built immense great houses and great kivas capable of hosting large groups of peoples for ceremonies and other public activities.

While Chacoan Culture was centered within the canyon, its influence extended much further out.  Throughout the San Juan Basin to the north to the Zuni Mountains in the south, there can be found outlying great houses that share many of the same features as those in Chaco Canyon, although generally on a smaller scale.

Outlying great houses and great kivas have been found at Aztec Ruin and Salmon Ruin, both dating to the mid-12th and early 13th centuries, which show clear evidence of not only the spread of the Chacoan system, but also the continuation of Chacoan traditions beyond the decline of the Chacoan Heartland after AD 1150.

El Paso Museum of Archaeology officials add that they are proud to present this exhibition in cooperation with Salmon Ruins the San Juan County Museum Association.

The exhibit is free to the public and will run through June. For more information on the exhibit or to learn more about the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, call (915) 212-0421, or visit the muesum’s website or Facebook page.

Museum of Archaeology to host Hopi Pottery, Native American Storytelling

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.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (915) 212-0421, or visit the museum’s webpage or Facebook page.

Museum of Archaeology to open two new exhibits

The El Paso Museum of Archaeology is opening two new exhibitions starting Saturday, April 27 that focus on the Jornada Mogollon Culture.

“Both exhibits feature the Jornada Mogollon culture which lived in the El Paso and surrounding regions from about AD 01 – 1450.  Our area has been a cultural crossroads for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years, much like it is today,” said El Paso Museum of Archaeology Director Jeff Romney.

“We offer a glimpse of our prehistoric past through photographs and objects from the Museum’s and El Paso Archaeological Society’s permanent collections.”

In the Language of Stone: Rock Art of the Jornada Mogollon

The Southern part of New Mexico, West Texas and North-Central Mexico is known by archaeologists as the Jornada Mogollon. This area is rich in prehistoric rock art left behind by the ancient inhabitants of the region.

This exhibition will showcase petroglyphs and pictographs from iconic sites such as Hueco Tanks, Three Rivers and Otero Mesa, as well as lesser known treasure troves from both sides of the international border through the camera lenses of rock art experts, students and amateur enthusiasts alike.

Ancient Borderland: The Jornada Mogollon

The people known by archaeologists as the Jornada Mogollon inhabited the Borderlands since Archaic times. Although there are few remains of this culture that are generally accessible to the general public, these people lived in several pueblos throughout the Hueco Basin, the area where the City of El Paso and Fort Bliss currently stand.

This mini exhibition will complement the In the Language of Stone: Rock Art of the Jornada Mogollon exhibit by presenting general information about these enigmatic people as well as showcasing a number of artifacts attributed to them.

The exhibitions are on display through September 14 and are free and open to the public. For more information, call the El Paso Museum of Archaeology at (915) 212-0421, or visit the museum’s website or Facebook page

Museum of Archaeology Hosts Native American Storytelling Saturday

The Museum of Archaeology invites the public to a Native American Story telling event from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 24.

“We are always excited to welcome Alex for our Native American Storytelling event,” said Museum of Archaeology Director Jeff Romney.

“These stories teach our visitors about some of the cultural history of the Native Americans who once lived in the southwest.”

The family-oriented event will be outdoors around a campfire, so please dress warmly and bring a folding chair or camp stool. Hot chocolate will be served.

Alex Mares will share Coyote Stories, which are traditionally told in winter by Navajo (Diné), Pueblo and Apache tribes. He is a trained Native American storyteller and interpreter whose cultural background includes Diné, Pueblo, Jictoec and Spanish.

For more information, call the Museum of Archaeology at (915) 755-4332, or visit their website or facebook page

Museum of Archaeology Celebrates International Archaeology Day

The El Paso Museum of Archaeology invites the public to celebrate International Archaeology Day at the museum from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 21.

“Texas Archaeology Month and International Archaeology Day provide us with a great opportunity to introduce people to this science with activities that will let them get their hands dirty,” said Director of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology Jeff Romney.

Visitors can enjoy archery, mock excavations and other hands-on activities.

There will also be a live pottery firing demonstration and films in the museum auditorium. International Archaeology Day also falls within Texas Archaeology Awareness Month.

There is no charge for admission.

For more information, call the El Paso Museum of Archaeology at (915) 755-4332 or visit www.archaeology.elpasotexas.gov

 

El Paso Museum of Archaeology set to Open new Exhibit Saturday

The El Paso Museum of Archaeology invites the public to view a new exhibit titled Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker: A Woman OF Two Worlds and a Man IN Two Worlds that opens Saturday, December 10.

Cynthia Ann Parker is the best-known pioneer women to be captured by Native Americans in the Southwest. She was captured as a child after her settlement was massacred by a Comanche war band. She was adopted by the Comanche and lived with them for 24 years. She married a Comanche chieftain and had three children, including Quanah Parker.

This exhibition features rarely seen photos of Quanah Parker and his mother Cynthia Ann Parker. Hacker’s presentation is made possible through a grant form Humanities Texas, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As part of this exhibit, on Saturday, December 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Museum will host a lecture and book signing by Margaret Schmidt Hacker, author of Cynthia Ann Parker: The Life and The Legend and Director of Archival Operations at the National Archives.

The exhibit runs through January 27, 2017. Admission to the museum and the lecture is free. For more information call the Museum of Archaeology at (915) 755-4332

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