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!

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The Melding of Archaeology and Art in Las Cruces

Please welcome today's guest blogger and photographer, Marilyn Gendron, as she recaps her and Joseph Gendron's recent visit to a museum exhibit in Las Cruces we're encouraging folks to attend!

Living in Sacred Continuum: Art/archaeology exhibit at NMSU until December 15, 2019

Joseph and I recently enjoyed an exhibit at the American Indian Student Union (near the Corbett Center) to view 5 ancient Mimbres pottery bowls and the artwork of five well-known Hopi artists; Ramson Lomatewama, Ed Kabotie, Gwen Setalla, Gerald Lomaventema, and Spencer Nutima.

The Mimbres Project, sponsored by the NMSU Museum (professor Fumi Arakawa) and the National Museum of Ethnology in Minpaku, Japan (professor Atsunori Ito), asked these Hopi artists to examine, reflect and interpret ancient Mimbres pottery, visit ancient archaeology sites and Mimbres landscapes, then use the designs to inspire their artwork in modern media (pottery, jewelry, glassblowing, katsina carving and painting/drawing) providing a Sacred Continuum. Videos of each artist revealing how the pottery images inspired their own work added meaning to the exhibit.

Mimbres fish-MG Fish reinterpreted in Lomatewama blown glass-MG Here is an example of a Mimbres bowl with a fish image, reinterpreted in blown glass by Ransom Lomatewama:

 

Crane inspired Lomaventema bolo - MG Mimbres crane bowl - MG

Gerald Lomaventema was inspired by this Mimbres crane bowl to create a crane image in a bolo tie of turquoise and silver:

 

 

This Mimbres figure inspired Spencer Nutima to create a special katsina:

Mimbres anthropomorph - MG Anthropomorph interpreted in Nutima katsina - MG

 

 

Joseph and I hope others will enjoy this exhibition and the research behind it as much as we did.

/s/ Marilyn Gendron [all photos by Marilyn Gendron]

 

 

 

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