Highlighted Events and Activities

Indigenous Bookfest 2014February 20-21, 2014
Third Indigenous Book Festival co-sponsored with IFAIR, UNM SUB

Forthcoming in Spring 2014
Panel:  “The Practice of Change and Female Circumcision in Africa”
Panelists:  Kristin St. Clair, Nurse Practitioner and founder of Humankind Foundation/ Dr. Bettina Shell-Duncan, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Research Associate, University of Washington/Dr. Stephen Bishop, Professor of Africana Studies, University of New Mexico
in collaboration with Nina Wallerstein, Public Health Program, UNM

September 20, 2013
La Cosecha: Stories of the Harvest. An evening of poetry, story, song and foods of the harvest. 6:00pm-10:00pm , Las Pistoleras Instituto Cultural de Arte, Taos/Rio Arriba Counties, El Prado, NM

Current Exhibits

2006_117_3459Woven Stories at the Maxwell Museum
Woven Stories: Navajo Weavers in a Changing World features Twenty-one Navajo textiles and over forty photographs taken by John Collier, Jr. offer opportunities to reminisce, re-negotiate the past and make connections to the present. Weavers build upon their traditions, using innovation to meet the challenges they currently face.

elements-of-earthThe Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies program opened the Ortiz Center Gathering Space on Friday September 26th  2008 at the Maxwell Museum. This space is located in the north gallery of the museum and is dedicated to the memory of the late UNM Anthropology Professor, Alfonso Ortiz. Its inaugural exhibition, Elements of the Earth: Potters Past and Present of Ohkay Owingeh, features an exhibition of pottery, both historical and contemporary from Ohkay Owingeh. The exhibition is co-curated by Clarence Cruz of Ohkay Owingeh who is a Master Potter and UNM Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History, and Kathryn Klein, Curator of Ethnology for the Maxwell Museum and the Director of the Ortiz Center from 2003-2008.

As a UNM minor capital project funded by the New Mexico State Legislature the project took two years to complete. One of the highlights of the Ortiz Gathering Space is a touch screen presentation that features the goals and projects of the Ortiz Center; as well as objects from the collections at the Maxwell that relate to the exhibition; and a video about pottery making in Ohkay Owingeh that features potters from Ohkay Owingeh who speak about what pottery-making means to them and the importance of its revival and continuity to the community. It also features an introduction by Clarence Cruz and specific words related to pottery-making in the Tewa language.

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