The GCAS is excited to welcome not one, but two featured co-speakers to our next general meeting on Wednesday evening, October 16, 2019. We invite the general public as well as all GCAS members to come to 2045 Memory Lane in Silver City, New Mexico, to hear a special presentation on "Katsinam, Clouds, and Kivas: Evidence of the Origins of Katsinam Culture." This presentation is FREE.
Our General Meeting begins at 6:00 PM. The public is invited to attend our meeting as well as the presentation that follows. Light refreshments provided. Our featured co-speakers are Ramson Lomatewama (Hopi Third Mesa; Katsina father and multimedia artist), and Leon Natker (archaeologist and executive director of the Mesa Historical Museum, AZ). For a preview of their presentation, go to this previous post. And now, please meet Ramson Lomatewama:
Ramson Lomatewama, a Hopi poet, jeweler, traditional-style Katsina doll carver, stained glass artist and glassblower, was named the 2005 Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellow at the School for Advanced Research. Ramson is a high-ranking member of the Powamuya Society and serves as a Katsina father. Born in Victorville, California and raised in Arizona, he attended school in Flagstaff but participated in traditional Hopi life at his home village of Hotevilla on Third Mesa on weekends. He has carved “old style” Katsina dolls for many years and is fervent about using traditional materials and techniques: his pigments are all natural and he spins his own cotton twine to attach feathers to the dolls. Ramson hopes to create a curriculum by which the Hopi youth “could be instilled with traditional values and at the same time be allowed yet another venue of expression, creative or otherwise.” He feels that it is important to live and work according to cultural traditions, but also understands how to benefit from modern society.
Ramson is one of five featured artists in an art and archaeology project, "Living in Sacred Continuum," now on exhibit at the American Indian Student Center on the NMSU campus in Las Cruces through December 15, 2019. Learn more about this exhibit in our previous post where you can see a photo of some of Ramson's fine glasswork; or contact the American Indian Student Center here to visit the "Living in Sacred Continuum" exhibit yourself. If you prefer the written word, you can find an example of Ramson's poetry here.
We hope to see you at our winter meeting location on Memory Lane to welcome Ramson to Silver City and enjoy a fascinating presentation!
/s/ webmaster [Photo via Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.]