P’êpô?

By R.W.

Mountain Fish.

When I hear the Jemez speak their amazing sounding language I can rarely separate a single word from the flow, let alone catch any of the meaning of what is being said. I have once or twice been coached, by bored Jemez looking for distraction, to utter simple greetings or pronounce the odd name place, only to have my attempts greeted with either puzzlement or total amusement.

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History Museum Explores Turn-of-the-Century Syria in a Post-ISIS World

By Jennifer Padilla

NEW MEXICO HISTORY MUSEUM

 

As Syria’s ongoing civil war, staggering death toll, and displacement of thousands of refugees threatens to destroy Syrian culture, the Palace of the Governors will display seven albums of photographs of historic sites in Syria taken between 1899 and 1909. Entitled Syria: Cultural Patrimony Under Threat, the exhibition will include multi-functional information kiosks with insights into Syrian people and culture. The exhibition opens Friday, June 23 and runs through December 2017.

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Watch Archaeologists Hand Excavate Kuaua Pueblo Site

By Jennifer Padilla

Photo Alex Cedillos. Kiva ladder at Coronado Historic Site.

The live dig started yesterday and will continue until Sept. 30, 2017.

 

New Mexicans have a rare opportunity to watch archaeologists on a live dig at the Coronado Historic Site off U.S. 550 in Bernalillo. The Dig Kuaua! handexcavation of the Kuaua Pueblo will be performed by the Office of Archaeological Studies from May 15 through June 30, 2017. Members of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site group can even participate alongside the archaeologists.

“This dig has the potential of yielding hundreds if not thousands of artifacts,” said Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager, Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites. “The hand-excavation will focus test units throughout Kuaua Pueblo and the surrounding refuse piles called ‘middens.’ Architecture dating to the 1500s will also be unearthed.”

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Bandelier Seeking Youth Work Crew Applicants

By Chris Judson
BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT
NPS Photo  Bandelier Preservation Corps crew with National Park Service preservationists
 For several summers, crews of young people have done valuable service for Bandelier National Monument, working on trails, archeological sites, and other projects.  The Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps are organized through the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and supervised by park staff. Both crews are now seeking applicants for this summer.

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New Film Production Starting Up This Month

 

The television pilot “Scalped” produced by Horizon Scripted Television, Inc., will begin principal photography for the month of April in Santa Fe, Pojoaque and Laguna Pueblo. “This is a particularly unique project dealing with modern day challenges and issues of cultural identity in Native American communities.

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Fire in the Jemez

By Thomas W. Swetnam, Regents’ Professor of Dendrochronology, Emeritus

LABORATORY OF TREE-RING RESEARCH, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, JEMEZ MOUNTAINS TREE-RING LAB

 

Photo: Archeology Southwest.

The Jemez Mountains are “the poster child” of wildfire problems in the Southwestern U.S. Residents recall too well the evacuations of Los Alamos during the 2000 Cerro Grande and 2011 Las Conchas Fires. They also recall the enormous plumes of smoke rising over our mountains, the loss of hundreds of homes, and the burned-out forest landscapes that are now slowly recovering. The long-term history of the Jemez, however, includes a rich interplay of humans, forests and fires spanning many centuries. Despite what we have witnessed in recent decades, for the most part, the long-term history is one of co-existence — of people and fire living together, sustainably.

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Publishing the Past: The 1965 Excavations at Giusewa Pueblo

By Matthew J. Barbour

Manager, JEMEZ HISTORIC SITE

Photo Archaeological Society of New Mexico

Rooms excavated at Jemez Historic Site in 1965.

 

Through the centuries, Jemez Historic Site’s Giusewa Pueblo has been excavated by numerous archaeologists. The collections in Santa Fe are full of pottery, flaked stone, and other archaeological materials recovered at the site. However, very few research reports discuss Giusewa in any great detail. While lots of archaeological work was conducted, very little has ever been published. This is beginning to change.

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Fee Free Presidents Day and Other Events at Bandelier

By Chris Judson

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT

NPS Photo

Mesas in the Tsankawi section of Bandelier National Monument

Looking for an inexpensive way to get into the outdoors on the Presidents Day holiday on Monday?  Perfect – it’s a Fee Free Day at Bandelier National Monument and other National Park Service areas across the country, which means no entrance fees are charged.

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The Siege of Santa Fe

By Matthew J. Barbour

Manager, JEMEZ AND CORONADO HISTORIC SITES

 

 

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 was a pivotal event in New Mexico history. Under the guidance of a religious leader, Popay, Pueblo peoples of the Northern Rio Grande united and with their Apache and Ute allies drove out the Spanish. The center of this conflict focused on the siege of Santa Fe, which lasted for about eight days between August 13 and August 21.

 

During the siege, residents of the villa and surrounding communities retreated into the Palace of the Governors. Water to the Palace came by way of an acequia, which was cut off by Pueblo warriors surrounding the settlement. Governor Antonio de Otermín rallied the Spaniards and sallied forth to retake the village. However, he met with staunch resistance. After a hard-fought battle, Otermín drove the Pueblo warriors back but failed to destroy their forces. Fearing what might happen if he stayed in Santa Fe, Otermín collected the Spanish settlers and retreated south to El Paso.

 

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Indios Amigos: Mesoamerican Auxiliaries in the Spanish Conquest of North America

 

By Matthew J. Barbour

Manager, Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites

 

 

In the last two decades, the public has begun to realize that the Coronado Expedition to New Mexico consisted primarily of Mesoamerican Indians. Roughly 3,000 strong, these men are often referred to by the Spanish as indios amigos (or friendly Indians). However, modern descriptions and depictions of these Nahuatl speaking peoples remain problematic. They are often referred to as porters or slaves. They are relegated to a passive role which satisfies the perception of an unrelenting Spanish hunger for glory. This is simply untrue, not just in terms of these Mesoamericans’ contributions to New Mexico, but rather their collective role in the conquests of the New World as whole.

 

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