NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 5:00PM Mountain Daylight Saving Time (4:00PM Arizona Time): GCAS's regular monthly meeting becomes a special hybrid in-person and online Zoom charity event to be held in Silver City at the Western New Mexico University Museum at Fleming Hall on W. 10th St. next to the Aldo Leopold Charter School, to support the WNMU Museum's curation of their historic documents and photo archives. Featured Speaker: historian and award-winning author, Carolyn O’Bagy Davis, will discuss Hopi Quilts and Textiles as Cultural Artforms. We begin at 5:00 PM with a minimum $5 donation payable to the Museum at their front desk. Online participants also register with a $5 minimum donation to the Museum payable via the GCAS's secure Paypal portal. The Museum welcomes and appreciates additional donations in any other amounts to support their curation project. All such proceeds go to the WNMU Museum. A classic quilter's trunk show immediately follows Carolyn's presentation, offering original 25" x 30" quilted wall hangings designed and created by Hopi artist Bonnie Nampeyo Chapella for $150 each. The proceeds from one quilt will also be donated to the WNMU Museum. Register and donate online here, or Email the GCAS for registration info and other details.

NEXT FIELD TRIP: Sunday, March 3, 2024, Third time's a charm for the GCAS monthly field trip! At 10:00 AM sharp, meet our trip leader, Marilyn Gendron, at the intersection of Hwy 180 and Hwy 61 (City of Rocks turnoff). From there we will caravan 1/2 hour more, turn left onto the Hatch highway (26), and drive 5 miles to turn left again onto Green Leaf Mine Road (a good dirt road, fine for a street car). Here is a video of the road. Drive 10 more miles passing one check dam (at the 9:34 mark on the video), crossing a yellow cattle guard (11:07) and at the second check dam turn left and park (11:44). It is rocky and uphill to the ridge (1/4 mile?) but there is a trail. There are four petroglyph areas with wonderful images. It is exposed on the ridge with no toilet facilities. Wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers, and bring a lunch. As always, carpooling is encouraged. See you there!

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Two Upcoming Special Zoom Lectures

In April and May, 2022, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center will present two free Zoom lectures that relate to our very own back yard: imagery of the Mimbres Valley; and the ongoing archaeological excavations at Elk Ridge. Mark your calendars for these two dates!

The first offering is on Thursday April 21, 2022, 7:00-8:30PM, ARIZONA/Mountain Standard Time (same as Pacific Daylight Time), online via Zoom: it's Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday Food for Thought” free program featuring The Mimbres Twins and the Rabbit in the Moon by archaeologist Marc Thompson, PhD.



The Mimbres lunar jackrabbit with a crescent moon, image courtesy of Marc Thompson

This presentation documents illustrations from Classic Mimbres Black-on-white ceramic bowls (1000-1130 CE) depicting the Panamerican apologue of the Hero Twins saga. These motifs account for about 12% of Mimbres figurative bowls and can be arranged in a narrative sequence from birth, trials, tests, death, and resurrection of the Hero Twins, to apotheosis as the sun and the moon. In this saga, the Hero Twins survive the tests, trials, and ballgame challenge through guile, cunning feats, and as tricksters of legerdemain. This tale, the characters, and the basic plot are known throughout North, Central, and South America. The deep, fundamental basis of the story revolves around dualities as in two sides of the same coin; they include life and death, dark and light, and male and female. Cognate Hero Twins motifs, both graphic and recorded, are documented on Classic Maya ceramics (200-900 CE), in the 16th century Twins’ saga of the Popol Vuh book of the Maya, and in US southwestern traditional tales. Comparing these similar, but ethnically distinct accounts allows for a fuller comprehension of these emblematic, evocative, heroic figures.

To register go here. For more information contact Old Pueblo at [email protected] or 520-798-1201. For each Old Pueblo Zoom presentation, we let the presenter decide whether he or she wants for the program to be recorded and made available online. No recording decision has yet been made for this program. IF YOU WOULD LIKE OLD PUEBLO TO EMAIL YOU A FLYER with color photos about the above-listed activity send an email to [email protected] with “Send April Third Thursday flyer” in your email subject line.

The following month, please enjoy on Thursday May 19, 2022, 7:00-8:30PM ARIZONA/Mountain Standard Time (same as Pacific Daylight Time), online via Zoom:, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday Food for Thought” free program features The Elk Ridge Community in the Mimbres Pueblo World presented by archaeologist Barbara J. Roth, PhD.

Some excavated rooms at the Elk Ridge site, photo courtesy of Barbara Roth

Elk Ridge was the largest pueblo in the northern portion of the Mimbres River valley during the Classic Mimbres period (1000-1130 CE). Recent excavations at the site combined with survey data indicate that it was part of a thriving community with social ties to other nearby pueblos and likely served as the ritual and perhaps economic hub for these smaller pueblos. In this presentation, Dr. Roth will discuss data from fieldwork she directed at Elk Ridge and surrounding sites and will explore how and why Elk Ridge played such a prominent role in this portion of the Mimbres River Valley.

For more information contact Old Pueblo at [email protected] or 520-798-1201.

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