“Waiting for Payment”:

Velino Shije Herrera’s (Ma Pe Wi) Department of the

Interior Murals

Presented by Dr. Sascha T. Scott

Associate Professor, Syracuse University


In 1938, Zia Pueblo painter Velino Shije Herrera (Ma Pe Wi) was one of six Native artists commissioned to create murals for the Department of the Interior’s newly constructed building in Washington, DC. Twenty muralists in total decorated the walls of the building, with murals by Native artists occupying some of the most prominent and widely used spaces. The inclusion of Native artists was part of a concerted effort by Secretary of the Interior, Harold Ickes, to bring public attention to the work of the Office of Indian Affairs and to Native artists and peoples. Scholars have rightly argued that the Native murals at the Department of the Interior building marked a watershed moment for Native artists, whereby their work and their peoples’ culture were officially supported and celebrated by the federal government. And yet, the

commission underscores how deep biases against Native people ran

in the United States, as evinced in government contracts, personal

letters between government official and Native and non-Native

artists, and the murals themselves. Focusing on Shije Herrera’s

participation in this landmark commission, this paper highlights

the inequitable conditions in which Native artists worked and how

they navigated and pushed back against government bureaucracy

and patronizing attitudes toward Native peoples.

Dr. Sascha Scott is a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century American

art and Native North American art at Syracuse University. In addition

to offering survey courses dedicated to these topics, she teaches

upper-level courses that expand out from her research, including

seminars that explore the intersection of art and politics, art and

social justice, and art and the environment. Professor Scott is also a

member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies faculty. She

recently published her first book, “A Strange Mixture: The Art and

Politics of Painting Pueblo Indians” (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013) and is currently working on a new book about Pueblo painters from the interwar period (1920-1940).


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 link.  (Link to be added soon)

Comanches and Genizaros in Taos

Courtesy of Dr. Montgomery and UNM at Taos Lecture Series

Join us for our final Rock Art session as we travel north to Taos with Dr. Lindsay 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.


She 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.

You may watch and listen to this fascinating program by clicking the following link.   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




“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).