Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:00 am- 3:00 pm $5
Oven bread, baked fresh in the Maxwell’s horno. Indian tacos & more by the Edaakies of Isleta Pueblo.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 7:00 pm free Hibben Center 105
"A Historic Perspective on the Chuska Valley Project" by Stewart Peckham
Twenty six million years ago, a volcanic eruption in what has become the Chuska Mountains, located along the Arizona/New Mexico boundary, produced lava flows that created the lava trachyte. Ancestral Puebloan people mixed trachyte with clay for ceramics as early as 700 A.D. and for a duration of five to six hundred years.
In the early 1960’s the Federal government initiated the Navajo Indian Irrigation project, to bring under cultivation 110 thousand acres of land for the Navajo tribe (Nation). Staff at the National Park Service office in Santa Fe, concerned that archaeological sites would be destroyed to make way for irrigation, contracted with the Museum of New Mexico to document sites in the project area. The Chuska survey whose field work lasted four to five months produced among other findings, evidence of trachyte in pueblo pottery that has become the hallmark of Chuska ceramics. Stewart Peckham led the reconnaissance of the archaeological sites and will discuss the findings of the ground breaking research.
Saturday, November 10, 2012 9:00 am- 4:00 pm Hibben Center
New Mexico Archeological Council 2012 Fall Conference
“Chuska and Chaco:Puebloan Relationships Across the San Juan Basin.” Registration required. $20 NMAC members, $45 nonmembers (includes one year membership) For more information contact Dave Phillips at email@example.com.
Saturday, November 17, 2012 Prairie Star Restaurant - Bernalillo, New Mexico
4th Annual Navajo Rug Auction
11 a.m. Preview
1 p.m. Auction
More than two hundred traditional and contemporary handmade rugs by weavers of New Mexico and Arizona will be on display and available for purchase. The only local Navajo rug auction, it will feature a wide range of styles in historic and recently completed rugs. Specialists and experts in the field of Native American art and Navajo weaving will be on site to identify handspun, hand-carded, and vintage pieces to ensure quality items and prices. Preview from 11 a.m., the auction will begin at 1:00. There is no admission charge.
Whether you are a collector or just learning this is a great opportunity to view a variety of styles and learn the history of Navajo rug weaving. Browse, bid, and take home a unique handmade textile. Proceeds benefit Navajo weavers and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. Sales tax will not be charged for purchases. A portion of all purchases is tax deductible.
The auction will be conducted by the R. B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post. Bruce Burnham and his family are well known for their work in trading Native art of the four corners area for five generations. Their expertise in buying, selling, and trading has earned the respect of collectors and peers nationwide.
The Prairie Star restaurant is located on Highway 550 at Tamaya Road, Bernalillo, New Mexico. For more information call 505 867-3327. Directions to Prairie Star: From Albuquerque: North I 25 to exit 242, at the top of the ramp go west/left and travel 2 miles on 550. Santa Ana Casino will be on the north/right, continue 1 block west of the casino and take a right at the light- Tamaya Rd. Appx. 1/4 mile from 550 you will see a sign that reads Santa Ana Golf Club and Prairie Star Restaurant.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 7:00 pm free Anthropology Lecture Hall 163
“How Cooking Made us Human” a Lecture with Richard Wrangham
Is cooking the defining feature of the human species? Unlike the other great apes, humans appear to be dependent upon fire for survival. This dependence likely evolved because cooking provided large increases in net energy gain. Cooking probably originated with Homo erectus, but regardless of the time of origin, it had enormous consequences. In this talk Professor Wrangham considers the impacts of cooking on feeding competition, sexual division of labor, life history, and diet, including access to meat and honey - critical resources for modern hunter-gatherers.
Richard Wrangham is Ruth B. Moore Professor in Harvard’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology. He is the author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human and Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence. His numerous awards include a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship. He recently appeared on “Can I Eat That?” on the PBS science series NOVA.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 11:00 am- 3:00 pm $5
Oven bread, baked fresh in the Maxwell’s horno. Indian tacos & more by the Edaakies of of Isleta Pueblo. Museum Courtyard