Heaps of (Multi-Species) Stories

Subhankar Banerjee
Professor of Art and Ecology & Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair of Land Arts of the American West

Vast number of caribou and vast number of snow goose overlap in space but not in time on the Arctic tundra and get entangled through their droppings that lead to nourishing. That we can call, multi-species world-making. And the art of telling the story? Multi-species storytelling. There is more. “We are the caribou people,” say the Gwich’in indigenous people of the Arctic North America. That is multi-species cosmology. Soon a heap of stories form and become a powerful agent of political action to resist oil extraction and advocate for environmental justice and conservation. And that would be—multi-species cosmo-politics.

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Labor Day Weekend at Bandelier – Cultural Demonstrators and More 

By Chris Judson


Photo NPS  

The Fragua family of Jemez Pueblo will be demonstrating their work at Bandelier National Monument over the Labor Day weekend.


It’s hard to believe, but it’s already Labor Day weekend! Bandelier National Monument will have not one, but three, cultural demonstrators on the three days of the holiday weekend. All of them have been coming to Bandelier for many years to demonstrate their work, so while some visitors may have not met them before, others may enjoy the chance to see them again.

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New Mexico Religious Imagery

Photos R.W.

New Mexico religious images are often unique, ranging from derivations of regional folk art, both sophisticated and primitive, through fairly conventional, as in first image below, to complex installations which combine many forms. Here are few that I caught on camera on trips far and near in the state:

Starting close to home (the rest are unlabelled).

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JoAnn Bishop Named “Dreamstarter Teacher” By Olympian Billy Mills 


Oglala Lakota runner Billy Mills, co-founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth and Olympic gold medalist, announced that JoAnn Bishop from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is one of 13 talented educators in the to be named Dreamstarter Teachers. Each educator will receive $500 – $1,000 grants to support the educational needs of Native students.

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Santa Clara Artist Rose B. Simpson, Revives Ancient Arts With Contemporary Context

Cecilia Wainright,


Rose Simpson, daughter of Roxanne Swentzell, will be the artist in residence at the Aztec Ruins National Monument.


Internationally recognized multi-media artist and sculptor Rose Simpson, has been announced as National Parks Arts Foundation’s newest Artist-in-Residence at Aztec Ruins National Monument, by the patronage of the National Parks Arts Foundation and NPS. Perpetuating the honorable tradition of familial importance, her mother, renowned Santa Clara Pueblo ceramic artist Roxanne Swentzell, will be working alongside Simpson at times, during the residency. A free celebratory showcasing and dinner will display traditionally thrown and fired pottery, completed while in residence at the park, along with a not-to-be-missed lecture regarding her artistic career will be held at the Aztec Ruins National Monument Visitor Center Auditorium on September 16th at 6 p.m., and will be open to the public. A full listing of public engagements can be found below.
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Frida Kahlo – Her Photos



The University of New Mexico Art Museum presents the international traveling exhibition Frida Kahlo – Her Photos. The exhibition opening is on Friday Aug. 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will feature a rare and extensive selection of Kahlo’s personal photographs. This exhibition was curated from a collection of 6500 images that lay hidden in the Blue House for 50 years, and offers a uniquely intimate glimpse into the life and work of a beloved cultural icon.

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Talent alone isn’t enough.  If you want to make a living making art, if you want to succeed as an independent artist–or in ANY business–consider studying business at IAIA.  In our courses you will gain a solid foundation in business and financial skills, along with plenty of personal attention in our small classes Our instructors are experienced in teaching AND in running businesses, so there is plenty of practical, hands-on, real life teaching.

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Opera at Bandelier

By Joanie Budzileni


Graphic: Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera

Live long and prosper!  For the 6th year, The Los Alamos Opera Guild of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc. is presenting Opera on the Rocks at Bandelier National Monument on Saturday, September 30, 2017, National Public Lands Day. This year features scenes from Mozart’s comic opera The Abduction from the Seraglio with a new adaptation that moves it into the future to a universe that looks a lot like Star Trek.

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IAIA Receives $20,000 Award to Expand Artist in Residence Program


 Photo © Eric Davis Courtesy of IAIA
Lloyd Kiva New Welcome Center IAIA Campus 

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chuhas approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $20,000 to IAIA to expand the IAIA Artist-in-Residence Program. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

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IAIA Poet James Thomas Stevens Reaches Out to Inmates of New Mexico State Penitentiary

By Eric Davis



Roseanna Andrade and poet Jose Gamez in the MRU library at PNM

Five Incarcerated Poets Have their Works Displayed on the IAIA Campus.

IAIA Associate Professor of Creative Writing James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk), recently contacted IAIA alumna Roseanna Andrade (Mexica/Nahua) ’16, to participate in one of IAIA’s community outreach programs — the collection of poems that are posted on the IAIA Health and Wellness Trail. As the poetry instructor in the Creative Writing Program, Stevens is responsible for collecting original poems from invited groups and posting them in wooden display posts along the IAIA Health and Wellness trail, utilized by IAIA students, staff, faculty, and members of the surrounding community. In the past, works from IAIA undergrad writers, graduate students, and students from local Native high schools were utilized; but Stevens recognized that not all writers come from educational institutions. In an effort to reach out to other groups, he wrote to Andrade and requested poems for display on the trail from April 1, 2017 through August 1 2017.

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

By Jennifer Padilla



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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Native American Art, Food and Dance at Red Rocks


This May marks the 27th year of the Annual Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Show during Memorial Day Weekend. This event is a time-honored tradition that brings hundreds of people to the Jemez Pueblo Red Rocks to celebrate and honor the brave few that have died while serving in the United States Military. “This is why we have a holiday; it is to honor and remember those that have passed on during times of conflict and war,” says Marlon Magdalena, Vice President of theJemez Arts and Crafts Association. We celebrate this American Holiday the best way we can, with Authentic Native American Art, Food, and Dance.
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Institute of American Indian Arts IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts June 2017 Exhibitions + Public Programs

Ongoing Exhibitions at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) 


Kieve Family Gallery, 2nd Floor, MoCNA’s new permanent collections wing

Visions and Visionaries

August 21, 2015-July 31, 2017


The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’ new permanent collection gallery highlights the exhibition Visions and Visionaries. Drawing from the strength and diversity of the permanent collection, the works focus on the role of the visionaries in IAIA’s history who forged new paths that IAIA continues to follow to this day. The exhibition explores the themes Abstraction, Ways of Seeing, Politics and Perception, and Realism and the Documentary. 

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Free Concerts Coming to Jemez and Coronado Historic Sites on Memorial Day Weekend

By Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager,  


and Janey Potts, Program Manager,


DDAT will perform at the Jemez Historic Site.

Coronado and Jemez Historic Site are hosting free concerts on Memorial Day Weekend. Festivities begin at Coronado Historic Site on Saturday May 27 with “Reggae on the River” and continue at Jemez Historic Site on Sunday May 28 with “Jammin’ in Jemez.”

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“Radical Southwest: A Film Series” Easy Riders, Courthouse Raids, Civil Rights Heroes, the Summer of Love and Much More


In celebration of the landmark exhibition Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest, on display at the New Mexico History Museum from May 14, 2017 to February 11, 2018, the CCA Cinematheque presents an eight-month film series, exploring elements including the Summer of Love, Chicano resistance and avant-garde Southwest storytelling experiments.

Highlights include the only New Mexico screening of Long Strange Trip, a new Grateful Dead film; a presentation exploring the 50th anniversary of La Alanazia’s raid at the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse; restored classic and a rare New Mexico appearance of the legendary photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon. Support for the film series is provided by the New Mexico Humanities Council.

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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Commencement Address Presented by Noted Actress Irene Bedard



Irene Bedard

Irene Bedard  has been selected to give the Institute of American Indian Arts’ 2017 commencement address at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  The Commencement Ceremony will be held in the Dance Circle on the IAIA Campus, — 83 Avan Nu Po Road, on the South Side of Santa Fe — just minutes from the intersection of Rodeo Road and Richards Avenue.  The public is welcome to attend.

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Chaco First 2017 Artist in Residence Offers Free Arts Program

Cecilia Wainright
National Parks Arts Foundation


Chaco Culture National Historical Park’s FIRST 2017 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE for March/April is Brenda Brown, an International Artist in Residence from Canada, originally from the U.S. She pursues contemporary interpretations of past and present cultural and architectural subjects through site-specific concepts during her month-long residency on the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
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Reduce Time and Cost Incentives Offered by IAIA




IAIA announced today that it will begin a Financial Incentive Program for incoming Freshmen for the Fall 2017 semester that will reward students for attaining their Bachelor’s Degree in four years (eight semesters) or less.  Students who accomplish this will be rebated tuition for their Senior year, earning a 25% savings on their tuition. (Because IAIA includes books in tuition costs, the books required for their senior year classes will also be free if they meet the criteria of the program.) To qualify, full-time, degree-seeking Freshmen students will need to take a minimum of 15 college credit hours each semester, meet the program requirements, and remain in good academic and disciplinary standing–along with signing an agreement for admission into the program.

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Invitation From Jemez Artisans Gallery



                               Jemez Artisans 8th Anniversary Reception

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating our 8th Anniversary on Saturday, April 8 from 1–4pm.

Come in and enjoy refreshments while you browse our newest creations 

–there’s always something creative happening at Jemez Artisans Gallery!

Retablos and Bultos in Walatowa High

Story and Photos by Troy Meek, Art Teacher


Walatowa High Charter School held a very successful workshop attended by 9th, 10th and 11th graders, presented by Rhonda Crespin. A resident of Jemez Springs for many years, she is well known and collected for her Bultos, or round 3D hand carved devotional artworks, and for her Retablos, which are flat paintings on wood.

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