Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project public tours start time will be 8:30 a.m. for the summer months of June, July and August due to the heat.
This month’s talk: Scott Ortman presents: Rethinking 17th Century New Mexico
The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project is pleased to announce anthropologist and author Scott Ortman will join us at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, at the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Center to present: Rethinking 17th Century New Mexico.
Come join us for an evening of learning, community and refreshments!
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. In this talk, I review archaeological, ethnographic, and linguistic evidence to examine why certain elements of Spanish culture were incorporated into Pueblo tradition while others were not, to document the effects of introduced domesticates for Pueblo settlement and land-use, and to determine the extent to which Spanish introductions affected material standards of living, or what Pueblo people refer to today as “abundance.”