Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Talks
Presented the last Tuesday of each month, April through October, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
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Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Talks, formerly called "Pláticas," continue our mission of providing education about the history and archaeology of Mesa Prieta and the Northern Rio Grande Valley and contextualizing the petroglyphs on Mesa Prieta. Presented on the last Tuesday of each month April through October at the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Center north of Alcalde, the gatherings provide an opportunity for learning as well as socializing.
Re-thinking 17th century New Mexico
Scott Ortman - June 26, 2018
Recent studies of the initial century of Spanish contact in New Mexico have been grounded in Post-Colonial theory and have tended to focus on population decline, resistance and revitalization. The hardships brought on by Spanish colonization were real, but contemporary Pueblo tradition also incorporates ideas and practices that were introduced by Spanish settlers. This suggests a deeper understanding of the Columbian encounter can be obtained through study of this incorporation process.