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Los Luceros Historic Site

Mesa Talks

 
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A Collaborative Virtual Lecture Series

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project and Los Luceros Historic Site have partnered to bring you Mesa Talks which runs annually from May through October and is typically the last Tuesday of the month, from 6:00-8:00PM MDT. Since both Los Luceros Historic Site and Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these talks will be broadcast here live (you can also scroll down for an archive of past lectures). Mesa Talks features 8 lectures a year and offer the microphone to exciting and visionary speakers who enrich our understanding of the history, culture, arts, and more of Northern New Mexico.

The Best of the Best - Recording on Mesa Prieta
Candie Borduin, Petroglyph Recording Coordinator, MPPP

Join us virtually on August 25 at 6PM MDT for a visual feast of the best petroglyphs recorded on Mesa Prieta in 2019. At the beginning of each year, 40 trained MPPP recording volunteers are invited to participate in voting for the ?best of the best? of the previous year's recording on Mesa Prieta. Candie Borduin will present these recordings - the most spectacular, well made, unique and well-documented selections of petroglyphs and other archaeological features recorded in 2019. This is a rare opportunity to see images on several parcels of private land that are not seen by the general public!


Lecture Archives:


The Archaeology of Hunting

Join us at Mesa Talks as archaeologist Matt Barbour discusses the Archaeology of Hunting! Hunting has always played a pivotal role in Native American subsistence and culture. While much is made of the megafauna hunters of the Paleoindian Period, later agriculturalists created their own specialized hunting practices. This presentation explores the archaeology and history of hunting in New Mexico from the arrival of hunters and gatherers to the twenty-first century. Mesa Talks is brought to you in partnership by Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project and Historic Los Luceros Site. Please follow our newsletters and social media platforms for news, events, and announcements.

Posted by Los Luceros Historic Site on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Archaeology of Hunting
By Matthew Barbour

Join us at Mesa Talks as archaeologist Matt Barbour discusses the Archaeology of Hunting! Hunting has always played a pivotal role in Native American subsistence and culture. While much is made of the megafauna hunters of the Paleoindian Period, later agriculturalists created their own specialized hunting practices. This presentation explores the archaeology and history of hunting in New Mexico from the arrival of hunters and gatherers to the twenty-first century.


Conserving Sonic Heritage Lecture

The most common questions any archaeologist will get about their work are where do they 'dig,' and what is their favorite 'find.' Archaeology has earned a reputation for being about the tangible, material, and visible relics of the past. Our experiences as humans, however, are multisensory. Recently, archaeologists have begun addressing the intangible and fleeting experience of sound. This talk will cover the methods we use to tease the fleeting phenomenon of sound out of the past, the ways in which sound reinforces the importance of cultural sites, and examples of challenges and successes in preserving such an invisible and intangible aspect of cultural heritage. Spoiler alert: no shovels are involved. Chester will be taking questions via comments! **Please note that we will not yet offer in person lectures - but the livestream for this lecture will be posted here at the scheduled time and date! Please follow our social media platforms and newsletters for events announcements!** Mesa Talks is brought to you in partnership between Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project and Historic Los Luceros Site.

Posted by Los Luceros Historic Site on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Conserving Sonic Heritage
Dr Chester Liwosz

Conserving Sonic Heritage Lecture

The most common questions any archaeologist will get about their work are where do they 'dig,' and what is their favorite 'find.' Archaeology has earned a reputation for being about the tangible, material, and visible relics of the past. Our experiences as humans, however, are multisensory. Recently, archaeologists have begun addressing the intangible and fleeting experience of sound. This talk will cover the methods we use to tease the fleeting phenomenon of sound out of the past, the ways in which sound reinforces the importance of cultural sites, and examples of challenges and successes in preserving such an invisible and intangible aspect of cultural heritage. Spoiler alert: no shovels are involved.


Join us for our second Mesa Talks of 2020 as Arthur Cruz shares his knowledge of Phioge Pueblo. Arthur, whose Tewa name is Whaa Pin, is a tribal member of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. He received his education at Haskell College in Lawrence Kansas and is a gallery owner, cultural advisor, and author of traditional oral stories. Mesa Talks is brought to you by Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project and Los Luceros Historic Site. Follow us on social media or sign up for our newsletters to receive up to date event announcements!

Posted by Los Luceros Historic Site on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Phiogeh: A Tewa Story
By Arthur Cruz of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

Join us for our second Mesa Talks of 2020 as Arthur Cruz shares his knowledge of Phioge Pueblo. Arthur, whose Tewa name is Whaa Pin, is a tribal member of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. He received his education at Haskell College in Lawrence Kansas and is a gallery owner, cultural advisor, and author of traditional oral stories.


Los Luceros: How the State's Newest Historic Site Came to Fruition

Join Ethan Ortega, the manager of Los Luceros Historic Site as he explores the history of our State's Newest Historic Site. *Correction: Thank you to Representative Jim Trujillo who sponsored the bill that made Los Luceros an official Historic Site!*

Posted by New Mexico Historic Sites on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Los Luceros: How the State's Newest Historic Site Came to Fruition
By Ethan Ortega - Manager of Los Luceros Historic Site

Join Ethan Ortega, the manager of Los Luceros Historic Site as he explores the history of our State's Newest Historic Site. *Correction: Thank you to Representative Jim Trujillo who sponsored the bill that made Los Luceros an official Historic Site!*