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Links are available for you to watch recorded lectures online.

 - 2024-

Lecture:  Chaco - Community, Culture, Science - the Essence of Ancestral Puebloans


Learn about the complicated and mysterious legacy of Chaco.  Jon Ghahate (Laguna, Zuni) provides an intimate Indigenous perspective of the culture, community, and science of the civilization that produced the Chacoan Culture.

Jon Ghahate is currently an Educator at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado.  Previously, he was the Museum Cultural Educator at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.  Jon’s talks provide historically accurate, science-centered, respectful narratives of the cultures and heritage of New Mexico’s Pueblos.


 - 2023 -

Ancient Flintknapping/Contemporary Artistry
Sunday, May 21

(note date change because of Memorial Day Weekend)

Creating unique and functional tools from bone and stone utilizing traditional techniques is not for the impatient. Mastering the ancient art of flintknapping to create stone arrow or spear heads and knives takes years of practice and trial and error.


Dan Vallo


Dan Vallo, an enrolled member of Acoma Pueblo, is a contemporary flintknapper working with flint, chert and obsidian. He will explain the process, the materials and the problems he has encountered on his path to artistry.

Dan Vallo’s art has been informed by a family of artists-his grandmother was a potter and his great uncle was a silversmith. Vallo’s passion, however, was to create stone tools and wooden handles by using every part of the animals he harvests with the primitive weapons he makes. Over the years, his unique pieces have ranged from small arrowheads to custom knives that honor the spirit of the animals that allow him to pursue his art.


 - 2022 -

Making a Turkey Feather Blanket

Courtesy of  New Mexico Archaeologist, Mary Weahkee

Join Mary in this "Ask an Archaeologist" series to learn about and how to make turkey feather blankets

Watch and listen to this enriching program by clicking the following linkTurkey Feather Blanket


Comanches and Genizaros in Taos, Courtesy of Dr. Lindsay Montgomery and UNM at Taos Lecture Series

Join us for our final Rock Art session as we travel north to Taos with Dr. Montgomery who introduces a native and multi-disciplinary approach, which brings together archaeological, archival, oral historical, and ethnographic sources to understand the social practices of mobile groups, such as the Ute, Jicarilla Apache, and Comanche.

Her current research revolves around a collaborative research project with Picuris Pueblo in northern New Mexico. This work explores the social and economic relationship between Picuris Pueblo and the Jicarilla Apache through an investigation of agricultural practices at the Pueblo between 1400-1750 CE.


Dr. Montgomery received her PhD from Stanford. Lindsay is currently a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University where she is working on a full-length monograph entitled "We Take Our Place With Us" which documents the deep history of mobile land-use practices on the Taos Plateau.

Watch and listen to this fascinating program by clicking the following link.   Comanches


Make a Pueblo Shield!   Presented by Marlon Magdalena

In commemoration of Pueblo Independence Day, August 10, the staff at Jemez Historic Site offer a number of online activities including a lesson on the history and manufacture of war shields. Find the link to the program below.

Join the staff online for their 17th annual commemoration of Pueblo Independence Day. On August 10, 1680, the Pueblo People of New Mexico and Arizona launched a successful rebellion against Spanish colonization. Their brave resistance helped preserve the Pueblo way of life and shaped the history of New Mexico for all those who have come after.

New Mexico Historic Sites will honor the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 with a series of videos and virtual activities developed by the staff at Jemez Historic Site, including:

  • a showcase on past Pueblo Independence Day commemorations

  • a lecture on religion and rebellion in 17th century New Mexico

  • a green chile stew and fried bread cooking demonstration

  •  a lesson on the history and manufacture of Pueblo shields

You may read more about this program and also see a video by clicking the following link:   Pueblo Shield



“Archaeology of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt”  Webinar by Dr. Matthew Liebmann

Recent archaeological research casts new light on the aftermath and changes wrought

by this transformative event, especially as it affects Jemez Pueblo.


Tech note: When an old dog is trying to learn new technology, it will always have fleas.

In the webinar supplied in this issue, it will likely start around two to three minutes in.

Just re-start the timer by moving the timer slide bar at the bottom of the screen all the

way to the left. After the time reset, to remove the busyness of additional YouTube videos

on the right side of your screen, just press f (just f) to make it full screen. When finished,

press f again to minimize the screen.

Please enjoy Dr. Liebmann’s webinar, “Archaeology of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt” generously provided by the UNM-Taos 2016 lecture series. Open his program with this link:  1680 Pueblo Revolt

Matthew Liebmann is a Professor of Archaeology and the Archaeology Program Director in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University.  His research interests include the archaeology of the Southwest U.S., historical archaeology and historical anthropology, collaborative archaeology, the archaeology of colonialism, archaeological theory, and postcolonialism.  He has conducted collaborative research with the Pueblo of Jemez since 2001, and formerly served as Tribal Archaeologist and NAGPRA Program Director at the  Jemez Department of Natural Resources.  He is the author of Revolt: An Archaeological History of Pueblo Resistance and Revitalization in 17th Century New Mexico (2012) and the co-editor of Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique (with Uzma Rizvi, 2008) and Enduring Conquests: Rethinking the Archaeology of Resistance to Spanish Colonialism in the Americas (with Melissa S. Murphy, 2011).


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