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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17

Letís Take a Look!

Curators Examine Your Treasures

12:00 pm through 2:00 pm

Curators from The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and The Laboratory of Anthropology gather in lobby of MIAC to look at your treasures. They attempt to identify and explain any artifact or historic object presented to them. They prefer to work with objects from the Southwest but are willing to take a look at anything that is brought in. If they can not identify an object an attempt will be made to find someone who can. Sometimes, the discussion among the curators may become as much - or more informative - than the identification of the artifact.

Curators cannot appraise any items but can refer you to resources that will.

For more information, visit this page: http://indianartsandculture.org/lets-take-a-look 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17

Pueblo Pottery Demonstration

with Gabriel Paloma (Zuni)

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Our popular Pueblo Pottery Series continues with Gabriel Paloma (Zuni). Pueblo Pottery demos take place in the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Buchsbaum Pottery Gallery. Don’t forget Wednesdays are free for seniors! Read below for more information on Mr. Paloma.

Gabriel Paloma was born in Zuni, NM back in 1966. Having grown up on the Zuni reservation close to the area known as the “Halona:we (Middle Place)” throughout his life, Gabriel has always been fascinated by images and how the Zuni World is represented now and back in time through the eyes of his elders. Naturally, he was drawn into automotive but the interest in clay was cultivated during his teenage years when he took art and pottery classes in high school.

After completing his high school journey and graduated, Gabriel went to UNM Albuquerque to take college courses. The university was a huge setting and Gabriel took on the advantage of being close to home and headed back to the reservation to enroll at UNM Gallup to further his art education.

Gabriel is drawn into practice of studying old Zuni pottery and its designs which is fascinating to see how the A: shiwi people endured this art since in time memorial. This ancient art is a collaboration between the artist and the native land of how the earthly materials are utilized to produce his pottery today. Gabriel cherishes this connection with nature and who taught him how to create pottery. He feels that the artistic talent is exchange between mother earth and the artist opens up many opportunities.

Currently, Gabriel is a pottery teacher at Zuni High School specializing in the Fine Arts Department. He teaches 15-18 year-olds in pottery and ceramics to help them nurture the same enthusiasm that he had when he took art classes. He is also teaching at an alternative high school in Zuni to pursue the same ecstatic love of pottery making with young adults.

Gabriel was introduced to his first ever West Valley Native American Arts Festival as a professional potter at Litchfield Park in Phoenix, AZ. (1998) and in 2004 he was selected as one of the SWAIA FELLOWSHIP AWARD artist in Santa Fe, NM.   In 2018, he has been earning recognition and still building customer cliental at the same time improving on his elaborate Zuni style pottery.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20

Annual Intíl Archaeology Day Celebration

at the Center for NM Archaeology

10:00 am through 4:00 pm

Please note this program takes place at the Center for NM Archaeology, located at 7 Old Cochiti Road, off the Caja Del Rio exit of 599. This event is free and open to all!

Join us for our annual family-oriented Archaeology Day at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA)!

CNMA opens it doors to the public to learn about New Mexico’s fascinating 12,000-year cultural heritage through hands on activities and demonstrations, including:



  • atlatl throwing

  • bow and arrow shooting

  • yucca fiber string production

  • live pottery firings

  • coiled basketry

  • tours of the CNMA

This is also a great opportunity to view Birds: Spiritual Messengers of the Skies, which "explores the importance of birds in Native American culture, as well how birds are addressed or studied in the field of archaeology," said Diana Sherman, MIAC Assistant Collections Manager and Exhibit Curator. "The exhibit [also] informs the visitor about birds in general and their great significance and amazing adaptability."

Make sure to tour the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (the storage facility for New Mexico’s archaeological collections), the research laboratories for the Office of Archaeological Studies, and meet the archaeologists behind the excavations at the Palace of the Governors, the Civic Center, Railyard, Santa Fe County Courthouse, and many other locations throughout the state.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21

Comancheria: An Ever-Moving Culture

with Jhane Myers (Comanche/Blackfeet)

1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

Join us for a fascinating presentation on the culture of the Comanche, presented by Jhane Myers. This event is offered as part of the El Paso-based Tom Lea Institute’s "Tom Lea Month," which annually organizes more than a dozen events throughout Texas and New Mexico to celebrate Lea, who lived in Santa Fe for several years. Lea’s Comanche murals in Seymour, TX, will serve as Myers’ departure point for a broader discussion on the Comanche people, history, and culture.

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11

MIAC Annual Veterans Day Event

11:00 am through 12:30 pm

Join us for our annual program celebrating the patriotism and sacrifices  of our Native American men and women. 

Program begins at 11am and includes:



  • Invocation with Arnold Herrera (Cochiti Pueblo)

  • National Anthem

  • Reading of Veterans Day Proclamation

  • Santo Domingo Color Guard

  • Te Tsu Geh Oweenge School dance group

At 2pm, we will  screen "Defending the Fire," a release by Silver Bullet Productions which garnered Best Picture in 2017’s SWAIA’s Class X.

From Silver Bullet’s Website: Since the beginning of time, Native American Warriors have navigated a unique cultural and spiritual path, relying on the tenets of the Warrior in ancient and modern warfare. The lessons of the Warrior are universal; the spirit of the Warrior survives, even in the face of conflict.

With a focus on the spiritual and historic journey of Native American Warriors, Silver Bullet Productions will present the story of the Warrior, the importance of cultures in modern quests, and the lessons of War through the lens of these cultures. The characters will be elders and historians from New Mexican tribes and Native veterans of World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Afghanistan/Iraq conflicts. Grounded in research and guided by voices of men and women in our armed forces, the documentary will reveal the distinct motive, preparation, conflict, and healing of tribal soldiers.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Pueblo Pottery Demonstration

with Michael Kanteena (Laguna Pueblo)

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Our popular Pueblo Pottery Series continues with Michael Kanteena (Laguna Pueblo). Pueblo Pottery demos take place in the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Buchsbaum Pottery Gallery. Don’t forget Wednesdays are free for seniors! Read below for more information on Mr. Kanteena.

"Remembering the beautiful pot shards he had picked up as a boy, and wishing to learn about his ancient roots, which he knew went back to New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon (the Anasazi Culture), Michael began collecting archeological catalogues of pottery forms.

Through extensive study, trial and error, and even consultation with archaeologists, he developed his pottery into remarkably close reproductions of Chacoan and Mesa Verde pottery.

Recently, his studies have expanded to the Mimbres and ancient Mexican People, where human and animal effigies are common. Michael has added his own contemporary designs to these ancient themes, to develop his own unique art form.

A single effigy may be based on a Toltec theme, painted with Chacoan designs, and put together in contemporary form.

Various feature articles have been written about Michael and his unique style of pottery making. These include the Gallup Independent newspaper. Native Peoples Magazine, and the Southwest Art Magazine."

Information courtesy of River Trading Post.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Let’s Take a Look!

Curators Examine Your Treasures


Curators from The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and The Laboratory of Anthropology gather in lobby of MIAC to look at your treasures. They attempt to identify and explain any artifact or historic object presented to them. They prefer to work with objects from the Southwest but are willing to take a look at anything that is brought in. If they can not identify an object an attempt will be made to find someone who can. Sometimes, the discussion among the curators may become as much - or more informative - than the identification of the artifact.

Curators cannot appraise any items but can refer you to resources that will.

For more information, visit this page: http://indianartsandculture.org/lets-take-a-look 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12

Pueblo Pottery Demonstration

with Robert Vigil (Nambe Pueblo)

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Our popular Pueblo Pottery Series continues with Robert Vigil (Nambe). Pueblo Pottery demos take place in the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Buchsbaum Pottery Gallery. Don’t forget Wednesdays are free for seniors! Read below for more information on Mr. Vigil.

Robert Vigil is one of those rare individuals who walks in both worlds – he says he is 50% Nambe and 50% non-pueblo. He attended high school in Texas where he first learned to make pottery with clay coils. When he returned to the pueblo, he continued learning from award winning potters such as Virginia Gutierrez, Lonnie Vigil, his cousin, and Juan Tafoya from San Ildefonzo Pueblo.

Robert has been an active potter since the 1990s working with micaceous jars, bowls, vases, figures and polished redware. He prefers to work on smaller, more intimate scale and to color his micaceous pots with fire clouds produced by the oxygen reduction method of firing.

“There is an elegant purity to his simplistic and understated forms – a deep reflection of his soft spoken manner and gentle spirit,” Andrea Fisher has said.

Robert Vigil works in the traditional Nambe way with a micaceous slip, preferring simple shapes and forms.  He gets his inspiration from the clay: “I just sit down and start and the clay forms itself through my hands.”

Robert is known for his quiet ways and has been referred to as "a masterful potter who awaits discovery" by author Gregory Schaaf who adds "his pottery is so thin and light, as to evoke astonishment. Robert does not create giant storage jars like his cousin. Robert works on smaller, more intimate scale. He is soft spoken and humble about his art. His pots are beautiful. We believe his future is bright."

Information courtesy of The Dancing Rabbit Gallery.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12

Holiday Ornament Workshop #1

Micaceous and Polymer Clay!

10:00 am through 2:00 pm

Join us for this ornament workshop - and the others listed on our calendar! Stop by any time between 10am and 2pm.

On this particular day, we’ll be using micaceous and polymer clay to create beautiful ornaments.

While this is a free activity, we have just one request of all participants: please make an ornament for MIAC, too! Our tree lighting is December 21, and we need ornaments to adorn the tree.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14

Holiday Ornament Workshop #2

Micaceous and Polymer Clay!

10:00 am through 2:00 pm

Join us for this ornament workshop - and the others listed on our calendar! Stop by any time between 10am and 2pm.

On this particular day, we’ll be using micaceous and polymer clay to create beautiful ornaments.

While this is a free activity, we have just one request of all participants: please make an ornament for MIAC, too! Our tree lighting is December 21, and we need ornaments to adorn the tree.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18

Holiday Ornament Workshop #3

Painted Gourds!

10:00 am through 2:00 pm

Join us for this ornament workshop - and the others listed on our calendar! Stop by any time between 10am and 2pm.

On this particular day, we’ll be painting gourds to make beautiful ornaments.

While this is a free activity, we have just one request of all participants: please make an ornament for MIAC, too! Our tree lighting is December 21, and we need ornaments to adorn the tree.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19

Holiday Ornament Workshop #4

Corn Husk Dolls!

10:00 am through 2:00 pm

Join us for this ornament workshop - and the others listed on our calendar! Stop by any time between 10am and 2pm.

On this particular day, we’ll be using micaceous and polymer clay to create beautiful ornaments.

While this is a free activity, we have just one request of all participants: please make an ornament for MIAC, too! Our tree lighting is December 21, and we need ornaments to adorn the tree.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21

Museum Hill Holiday Stroll

MIAC Open House

4:00 pm through 7:00 pm

Join us for what we hope will become an annual tradition on Museum Hill!

From 4 to 7pm, MIAC welcomes you - and your friends and family - to the Holiday Stroll.

All museums on the Hill will be open; here’s what you can anticipate at MIAC.



  • Performances by the Tewa Women’s Choir

  • Relaxing piano music by Renata Yazzie

  • Ornament workshop for the whole family

  • Late shopping in the MIAC Museum Shop

  • Uniquely MIAC holiday refreshments

Please revisit this listing closer to the event in case the program changes in any way. We look forward to your visit!