NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 6PM: The GCAS monthly in-person general meeting returns to the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley) near the junction of Highways 152 and 35. Start at 6PM with your own plates/utensils/beverage & a dish for yourself or to share. Brief general meeting at 6:45 PM before introducing the evening's feature presentation by the GCAS's friend Dr. Bob Stokes, chair of ENMU's Archaeology Department, who will present his team's Preliminary Results from ENMU's 2021 Summer Field School at the Mares Rockshelter, a Jornada Mogollon Site along the Lower Rio Grande near Radium Springs. Watch this space and follow our blog for any adjustments of times, potluck procedures, etc. In order to offer our members a safe and comfortable experience the GCAS follows CDC and New Mexico Department of Health guidelines for indoor gatherings including masking, distancing, and vaccinations. We recommend all attendees follow the same.

NEXT FIELD TRIP: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 10:00AM-12:00PM noon, is the GCAS's traditional "July" field trip! Visit the 2022 Archaeology Fair hosted by Archaeology Southwest and the University of Arizona's Preservation Archaeology Field School at Gila River Farm in Cliff, New Mexico. The public is welcome and it's free of charge, so join GCAS members in learning about the project team's current archaeological investigations. Eye-catching informational exhibits will be on display, and the project team will offer hands-on activities to visitors of all ages. From the junction of Highways 180 and 211 in Cliff, drive 1 mile north, keep left (north) on Highway 293 and drive to Mile Marker 4. Just past MM 4, turn right into a driveway with a small sign that says, "Gila River Farm." Please use the parking area next to the large building down the driveway. Contact Archaeology Southwest with further questions. Safety measures will be in place, so please be prepared to wear a mask and keep a safe distance. See you at the Fair!

Start Times for This Weekend's ASNM Meeting
Today's Guest Photographer: John Fitch

Let's Visit Las Cruces

image from newscenter.nmsu.eduWe at the GCAS encourage our readers to travel to Las Cruces some time between now and December 15, 2019, to visit some fine examples of Mimbres ceramics. It would make quite the day trip.

"Living in Sacred Continuum" is an assemblage of Mimbres pottery dating from 1000 CE to 1130 CE, and is now on display at the American Indian Student Center on the New Mexico State University campus in Las Cruces. The exhibit features interpretations of the pottery’s designs by five different Hopi artists with five different points of view. [Photo of the Hopi artists at work - by Atsunori Ito via NMSU. Dr. Arakawa is shown in center background.]

This exhibit is based on the research of NMSU's Dr. Fumi Arakawa, with whom we became acquainted in a previous post on this here blog. The research Dr. Arakawa has completed to date is part of an ambitious international research project that spans 1000 years of history and crosses multiple Native cultures.

From NMSU's announcement of this exhibit:

"The exhibition is the result of research NMSU Anthropology professor and director of the University Museum Fumi Arakawa conducted in collaboration with professor Atsunori Ito at the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Japan. Ito and Arakawa began the research by meeting with Hopi arts [sic] and in hopes of hearing their interpretations about the meanings of the designs on the ancient vessels. Arakawa spent eight months in Japan engaged in a fellowship at Minpaku working on the project."

Details here. Contact info for the American Indian Student Center here.

image from www.crowcanyon.orgDr. Arakawa assures us this research has only just begun. Like the Hopi, other Native groups in the US Southwest have connections to the Mimbres-Mogollon culture, such as the Zuni, Acoma, Laguna, Apache, and Navajo. Dr. Arakawa hopes to integrate their interpretations with those the Hopi have already shared. It seems we will be periodically dropping in on Fumi to follow his progress...

[Photo of Fumi Arakawa via www.crowcanyon.org]

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