That Was Fun!
Images from past events.
2018 & 2019 New Mexico Art Auction
Annual Fiesta of Cultures
Sunday, November 17, 2019
ATTACK ON KUAUA! Evaluating Native and Spanish Materials at the
Coronado Historic Site by Dr. Clay Mathers
Nearly 140 years after the first archaeological reconnaissance of the Pueblo of Kuaua by historian
and archaeologist Adolph Bandelier, we finally have definitive evidence of the 1540-1542 expedition
of Francisco Vázquez de Coronado at this site. A systematic survey of the region in and around
Kuaua – begun in 2017 – has revealed evidence of Spanish and Native artifacts linked to an attack on
the pueblo during the 1540-1542 conflicts. This discussion focuses on the new material and its wider
significance for our understanding of some of the earliest Native-European contacts in North
Dr. Mathers is an archaeologist with a Ph.D. in Iberian Prehistory (Univ. of Sheffield, UK) He has
worked on numerous Coronado Expedition sites and has published widely on the early Spanish Entradas.
Sunday-November 17, 2019
Split-Twig Figurine Workshop
Join us to learn about and how to make split-twig figurines.
These prehistoric effigies, left in caves in the Grand Canyon over 3000 years ago are made of willow.
Archaeologists don’t know exactly why they were made, but theories include pre-hunt ceremonial
objectives; helping the hunters to find and bring home deer and big-horn sheep.
This workshop will teach you and help you make at least one split-twig figurine. We will select and gather
our willow from beside the Rio Grande at Coronado Historic Site, then cut and bend it into unique
deer-like figures. You may make several figurines as time permits.
Friends of Coronado board member, Mr. Edward Chamberlin will teach us how to make the figurines. He worked in the museum collection at Grand Canyon National Park for 10 years where he examined the original 3000-year-old figurines and learned how to make them.
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Hike in the White Ridge Recreation Area
More than just Colored Bluffs, A Canyoning Adventure.
Description: Another place hidden in plain sight.
This hike is on the east side of White Mesa – following the
white Dakota sandstone formation through various small
canyons. We’ll start on the Colored Bluffs trail, which runs
through fine red and green mudstones of the Morrison
Formation but will divert into the first canyon after a short
hike. We will not be climbing to the top of the mesa.
Length: Approximately 4+ miles in and out