Compelling Narratives

By Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager

JEMEZ AND CORONADO HISTORIC SITES

 

 

While the Jemez and Coronado Historic Sites are focused primarily on the preservation and interpretation of ancestral Pueblo villages, the staff is also tasked with providing information on all aspects of Spanish history. Specifically, the Historic Sites focus on the impacts of Spanish conquest and colonialism on the Native American peoples.

Written texts, especially primary sources, can inform upon the Spanish discovery, conquest, and colonization of the New World. A primary source is a letter, diary, manuscript, autobiography, or a recording that was created at the time under study. Often these primary sources are a subjective look at the events that took place through the author’s eyes. They reveal a great deal not just about a particular event, but about the background, motivations, and mindset of the individual writing the account.

Here are five primary sources readily available to the public which provide a great deal of insight into the history of Spanish America and the impact conquistadors and colonists had on the indigenous populations:

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Looking Back & Moving Forward: The Northern Region of New Mexico Historic Sites

By Matthew Barbour

Regional Manager, NEW MEXICO HISTORIC SITES

Photo Patrick Moore.

Jemez Historic Site Light Among the Ruins.

 

The Northern Region of New Mexico Historic Sites includes: Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites. Coronado Historic Site was opened preserve the ancient village of Kuaua and to interpret the Coronado Expedition, while Jemez was established to preserve and interpret San Jose de los Jemez Mission and Giusewa Pueblo. They are two of the five original State Monuments established in 1935, the others being Abo, Quarai, and Pecos. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the State Register of Cultural Properties. On October 16, 2012, Jemez Historic Site was also designated a National Historic Landmark.

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Ranger Ethan Ortega is now the Historic Site Instructional Coordinator

By Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager

 CORONADO & JEMEZ HISTORIC SITES

After an exhaustive search, New Mexico Historic Sites is pleased to announce that one of its own, Ranger Ethan Ortega, has been selected as the new Instructional Coordinator. He replaces Instructional Coordinator Sharon Walker who departed Coronado Historic Site on June 15. During her relatively brief two-year tenure, Ms. Walker visited over 50 public schools and published 11 lesson plans utilizing Common Core State Standards for literacy.

The role, as envisioned for Mr. Ortega, is quite a bit different from the one Ms. Walker held. He will not only service Coronado Historic Site, but the entire Northern Region of New Mexico Historic Sites. It will include duties both at Jemez and Los Luceros (situated in Acalde, New Mexico). Mr. Ortega will work in tandem with Jemez Instructional Coordinator Marlon Magdalena on public outreach and digital media promoting the sites. However, Coordinator Ortega’s primary role –at least initially- will be on re-imagining the exhibits at Jemez Historic Site.

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New Archaeological Report on Jemez Historic Site Available Now

By Matthew J. Barbour

Regional Manager, CORONADO AND JEMEZ HISTORIC SITES & President, ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF NEW MEXICO

Rooms excavated at Jemez Historic Site in 1965, photo courtesy of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture-Laboratory of Anthropology.

Giusewa: Laurens C. Hammack’s 1965 Excavations for the Visitor Center Water Line at Jemez Historic Site, Sandoval County, New Mexico, by Regge N. Wiseman, was published October 13 by the Archaeological Society of New Mexico. The report details the excavation of six rooms at Giusewa Pueblo. These rooms were occupied by the Jemez people during the seventeenth century and revealed a plethora of artifacts and features associated with pueblo life under the Franciscan Mission of San Jose.

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Friends of the Library Fundraiser and Annual Membership Tea

FRIENDS OF THE JEMEZ SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Friends of the Library Fundraiser and Annual Membership Tea will take place On September 24th in the Village Conference Room at 2 p.m. and will feature a presentation by Matthew Barbour, DCA, Regional Manager for Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites on Native American Conquistadors:  The Mesoamerican Conquest of the New World.
Please join us for this wonderful presentation and celebration.  Tea and refreshments will be served afterwards.

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

By Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager,  

CORONADO AND JEMEZ HISTORIC SITES

and Janey Potts, Program Manager,

AMP CONCERTS

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

By Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager

CORONADO AND JEMEZ HISTORIC SITES

&

Janey Potts, Program Manager

AMP CONCERTS

 

The Delbert Anderson Trio will perform at the Jemez Historic Site.

 

Coronado and Jemez Historic Site are hosting free concerts Memorial Day Weekend. Festivities begin at Coronado Historic Site on Saturday May 27 with “Reggae on the River.” The event runs from 10 AM to 3 PM. The day-long event will start with a nature walk, followed by traditional Native American storytelling and poetry outside the painted kiva at 11:15 AM. The world famous reggae band, Native Roots, will take the stage at 1:30 PM. Docent led tours of the historic site and archaeological excavations will occur throughout the day.

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Jemez Contributions to Native American Easel Art

 

By Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager

CORONADO AND JEMEZ HISTORIC SITES

                       &

Deborah Ellis, Docent

CORONADO HISTORIC SITE

Painting by Vidal Casiquito Jr.

 

In the early twentieth century, a group of Native American artists gained recognition for producing portable paintings depicting traditional cultural practices and life experiences. Known as “easel paintings,” these works reflected a new form of artistic expression for Native Americans in New Mexico. The paintings were illustrated in a distinct two-dimensional graphic style, primarily using opaque water colors. The works of two artists from Jemez Pueblo are on display before you.

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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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Fray Alonso de Benavides and the Jemez Nation, AD 1630

By Matthew J. Barbour, Manager, Jemez and Coronado Historic Sites

San José de los Jemez Mission Church.

 

Fray Alonso de Benavides arrived in New Mexico in 1626. He was a Franciscan Priest of Portuguese descent. Charged by his order as Custodian (head) of the missions and agent of the inquisition, Benavides toured the New Mexico extensively overseeing the conversion and management of all Native American peoples in the province before departing in 1629.

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