NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 6:00PM: members and non-members are welcome to the GCAS monthly meeting at the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley). We start at 6PM with a potluck - bring your own plates & utensils, and a dish for yourself or to share with with what we expect to be a larger than usual number of guests, including the starving students of the Preservation Archaeology Museum Curation and Survey Field School. Let's feed these folks well, people! At about 6:30PM we will have a brief business meeting followed immediately by our featured speaker, Archaeology Southwest's Karen Schollmeyer PhD, who will share updates on her and her field school team's work at the WNMU Museum which includes curating the artifacts comprising the NAN Ranch collection. Come meet the next generation of archaeologists and learn about the latest activity at our own WNMU Museum. In order to offer our members a safe and comfortable experience at our in-person meetings the GCAS follows CDC and New Mexico Department of Health guidelines for indoor gatherings including masking, distancing, and vaccinations. We recommend each attendee take the precautions they feel are appropriate for themselves.

NEXT FIELD TRIP: we defer a July field trip due to conflict with the July 4 holiday weekend. Watch this space for our next field trip scheduled for Sunday, August 4, 2024, destination TBA.

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May 2024

June 1 Lecture at the MCHS

Saturday, June 1, 2024, 1:00PM-3:00PM, Mimbres Culture Heritage Site in Mimbres, NM:  The 2024 Ancestral Gila Homelands Events and Zoom Lecture Series features Juan Rojelio and Ruben Leyva discussing The Gila Wilderness and Indigenous Ancestral Homelands. Check here for details of this and other lectures in the series that continues during the 2024 celebration of the Gila Wilderness Centennial.

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Repost: Fill Your Calendar With Centennial Events

The Gila Wilderness holds a special place in the hearts of us out here in the territories. It was the world's first designated wilderness and it's right here in our own back yard. Find out about centennial events throughout 2024 here on the US Forest Service Wilderness Ranger District's web pages. Learn more about the Gila Wilderness's history and culture here.

Save a very special date: Saturday, June 1, 2024, 12:00PM noon-4:00PM, to visit Gough Park in Silver City: join the fun as the GCAS shifts our usual "first Sunday of the month" field trip one day earlier to the first Saturday of June to celebrate the main event of the 2024 centennial of the Gila Wilderness. The US Forest Service Wilderness Ranger District is our host, commemorating the vital partnerships throughout the community that have contributed to the preservation of the Gila Wilderness over the past century. The GCAS is one among many such community organizations that will have a booth in Gough Park to showcase how we local people working together have preserved the Gila Wilderness for us all to love and enjoy.

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In Memoriam: J.J. Brody

Jj-brodyThe GCAS is saddened to report that anthropologist, professor, and author J.J. Brody, PhD, passed away at age 95 on May 5, 2024.

Among Dr. Brody's many accomplishments in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, and ethnography, he was curator of Albuquerque's Maxwell Museum for 23 years. He wrote a number of books our GCAS members may be familiar with, including Mimbres Pottery: Ancient Art of the American Southwest (1983), and Mimbres Painted Pottery (rev. 2005). The University of New Mexico, his professional home, has more on his life and contributions to science, here.

The University of New Mexico is planning a memorial service for Dr. Brody on Friday, May 17, 2024, from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, at a campus location to be determined. Remembrances and condolences to his family can be left on Legacy's page for Dr. Brody.

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Next GCAS Meeting Welcomes Aaron Wright as Featured Speaker

Head shotWednesday, May 15, 2024, 6:00PM: the GCAS monthly meeting shifts to the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley) for the summer months. Doors open at 6PM for a potluck dinner so bring your own plates, utensils, and a dish for yourself or to share with the group. Brief GCAS business meeting begins at 6:30 PM followed immediately by our evening's Featured Speaker, Preservation Anthropologist Aaron Wright PhD, who will present Indigenous Rock Imagery of the Sonoran Desert. He explains,

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