New Mexico Highlands PICT Program students with Historic Site Staff. Photo by Richard Loffredo
New Award; Exhibit On Display At Jemez Historic Site
SANTA FE ― New Mexico Historic Sites and the Pueblo of Jemez won the Archaeology Heritage Preservation Award, by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division and the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee.
The award was presented May 17 at the 2019 New Mexico Historic Preservation Awards for collaboration during the “Dig Giusewa” Project. (*media resources available).
New Mexico Historic Sites Director Patrick Moore, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Christopher Toya, Manager Matthew Barbour, Coordinator Ethan Ortega, and Coordinator Marlon Magdalena were on hand to receive the honor which was presented by New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego and Cultural Properties Review Committee Member and Historical Archaeologist Douglas Boggess.
The “Dig Giusewa” Project focused on archaeological investigations of a large rectangular room just north of the Visitor Center at Jemez Historic Site. Over the course of the Fall (Aug. 16 – Nov. 6) and Spring (March 7 – April 6) field seasons, New Mexico Historic Site staff, Jemez Pueblo tribal members, University of New Mexico graduate students, and Friends of Coronado and Jemez Historic Site volunteers work address long-held questions about the Jemez people involving their origins and how their lives changed after the arrival of the Spanish. This resulted in the collection of over 10,000 artifacts and the documentation of a structure thought to have been abandoned during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
It is the second award given to New Mexico Historic Sites Public Archaeology Program, since its inception in 2017. The first was an Award of Merit given to Coronado Historic Site and the Friends of Coronado and Jemez Historic Site for the “Dig Kuaua” Project, by the American Association of State and Local History at their 2018 annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
At the awards ceremony in Santa Fe, New Mexico Historic Preservation Month posters were also released. This year, one of two posters featured Jemez Historic Site. The image, taken by Dan Monaghan of the New Mexico Department of Tourism, is of excavations during the “Dig Giusewa” Project. Copies of the poster are available at both Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites.
The very next day, May 18, Jemez Historic Site hosted an exhibit opening to honor and acknowledge the massive overhaul of the Visitor Center completed by students enrolled in the New Mexico Highlands University Program in Interactive Cultural Technology (PICT). This program is coordinated by the Media Arts Chair Miriam Langer. The new visitor experience includes 3d projection mapping, an oral history video, children’s activity booklet, updated trail guide and visitor center tourist kiosk. However, modifications and improvements to the exhibit are expected to continue throughout the summer of 2019.
The opening included a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by traditional dances, arts & crafts fair and archaeological tours. Jemez Pueblo Cacique Arlan Sando, Jemez Springs Mayor Roger Sweet, Historic Sites Director Patrick Moore, and Cultural Properties Review Committee Member Doug Boggess were attendance accompanied by staff and 249 members of the public. Jemez Pueblo First Lt. Governor Galvan performed a prayer and cut the ribbon welcoming people to Jemez Historic Site using a piece of obsidian.
Both the award and new exhibits are on display now at Jemez Historic Site. Jemez Historic Site is located at 18160 Highway 4 in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admittance is $5.00 per adult. Children and Jemez Tribal Members are free. For more information call 575.829.3530 or visit http://www.nmhistoricsites.org/.
Jemez Pueblo First Lt Gov. Galvan prepares to cut the ribbon at Jemez Historic Site. Photo by Richard Loffredo Visitors experience the new exhibit at Jemez Historic Site. Photo by Richard Loffred