The 2019 Hummingbird Festival, hosted by the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site, was a happening thing the weekend of July 27 through 28. Over 29 artisanal vendors participated and the GCAS was happy to be in the action by providing an informational booth, lecture programs, hands-on demonstrations of ancient tools, and site tours. The public turnout was outstanding - parking opportunities expanded outward and further outward around the MCHS, and not one frowny face was in sight.
Early birds watched an ornithologist band wee hummingbirds [photo, far left] so that scientists may track their migration patterns. Folks toured the MCHS museum and walked the trails of the Mattocks archaeological site. Both young 'uns and adults were pleased to learn from the GCAS's own Josh Reeves and Marilyn Markel how to strip yucca fibers to make string and test its tensile strength, like this young adventurer did [photos center and right]. The GCAS booth's volunteers were all excited to exchange information with visitors and show them how many ways the ancient past applies to their 21st-Century lives in ways they may not have thought of before.