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Jemez Historic Site

Meet the Staff


Matthew Barbour

Matthew Barbour

Regional Manager

Matthew J. Barbour holds BA (2002) and MA (2010) degrees in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico and has worked for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs since 2002. Much of this time has been spent with the Office of Archaeological Studies, where he directed a number of large-scale archaeological excavation and survey projects throughout New Mexico, mostly in and around the cities of Deming and Santa Fe. In 2013, Mr. Barbour transferred to New Mexico Historic Sites. He served as the Manager of Jemez Historic Site (Giusewa Pueblo/San Jose de los Jemez Mission) in Jemez Springs, before being awarded the position of Regional Manager in 2016. Throughout his eighteen-year career, Mr. Barbour has published over 200 nonfiction articles and monographs on the archaeology and history of the American Southwest and is a regular contributor to several local newspapers and regional magazines. In 2012, and again in 2014, Mr. Barbour was awarded the City of Santa Fe Heritage Preservation Award for Excellence in Archaeology. In 2018, under Mr. Barbour?s management, Coronado Historic Site received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. Then in 2019, Jemez Historic Site received the Archaeology Heritage Preservation from New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.​

(505) 867-5351 ♦ matthew.barbour@state.nm.us

Marlon Magdalena

Marlon Magdalena

Instructional Coordinator

Marlon Magdalena is the Instructional Coordinator at the Jemez Historic Site where he educates the public about his culture. He is a Native American artist and performer from the Pueblo of Jemez. He performs with Native American Style flutes of his own making and some made by other makers.

(575) 829-3530 ♦ marlon.magdalena@state.nm.us

Brenda Tafoya

Brenda Tafoya

Ranger

My name is Brenda Tafoya and I from the pueblo of Jemez. I have lived in Jemez Pueblo my whole life. I've been a Ranger at the JHS since 2004. I enjoy working at JHS as a ranger and have learned a lot about our ancestors and the place we call Guisewa. I am the middle child of 3. I have a older sister named Helen Tafoya, a younger brother named Tyron Tafoya and my parents are David and Vangie Tafoya. David is the Owner of "Dave's Burgers" along hwy 4 in Jemez Pueblo. I am a mother of 3 and grandma of 9 grandkids. I am also a potter. I learned how to make pottery after high school from my mother Vangie Tafoya who is well known. I have my own unique designs now and do Art Shows when i can.

(575) 829-3530 ♦ brenda.tafoya@state.nm.us

Eldon Vita

Eldon Vita

Ranger

Eldon graduated from The University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in Global Health and Development. He is currently working on a master's degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Arizona. He moved from Arizona to New Mexico last year, after recieving the temporary ranger position with Jemez Historic Sites.

(505) 829-3530 ♦ eldon.vita@state.nm.us

Zackary Lance

Zackary Lance

Plant and System Operations

(505) 867-5351 ♦ zackary.lance@state.nm.us