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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2


Courage + Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women


Opening Celebration for Groundbreaking Sculpture Show


1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Featuring ten monumental sculptures by leading American Indian women sculptors

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8


Native Hairstyles: Pueblos, Navajo, Hopi, Plains, and More


How do they do that?


11:00 am through 3:00 pm

Watch presentations of men’s and women’s native hairstyles and compare with photographs in the Native Portraits Exhibit. Meet Native hair stylists and discuss the historical continuity, techniques, and accessories used by each tribe. MIAC classroom and auditorium, free with museum admission.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9


Veteranís Day Celebration


Honoring Native American Veterans


11:00 am through 1:00 pm

A program honoring our Native American Veterans who have served and protected our homeland. Free admission for New Mexico residents on Sundays.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14


Film Screening with Director


Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians


10:00 am through 12:00 pm

This recently-released documentary (120 mins. Spanish/English) tells the story of the Wixarika or Huicholes people - one of the most intact precolonial groups remaining in the Americas - and their struggle against both the Mexican government and the multinational mining corporations to preserve Wirikuta, their sacred lands, against mineral extraction.

This film highlights the global debate pitting ancient cultural values, the exploration of nature, and the inevitable development of the peoples against promises from the multinationals to create jobs and wealth for the people without contamination.

The mining is seen by the Wixarika and their supporters as a menace to the delicate biodiversity of this unique ecosystem, liested by the UNESCO as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site, and a very real threat to their spiritual traditions and culture.

Please note film director Hernan Vichez will be accompanied by two Huichol Shamans in the film for a Q&A following each session.

Admission to the film is free with museum admission.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14


Film Screening with Director


Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians


2:00 pm through 4:00 pm

This recently-released documentary (120 mins. Spanish/English) tells the story of the Wixarika or Huicholes people - one of the most intact precolonial groups remaining in the Americas - and their struggle against both the Mexican government and the multinational mining corporations to preserve Wirikuta, their sacred lands, against mineral extraction.

This film highlights the global debate pitting ancient cultural values, the exploration of nature, and the inevitable development of the peoples against promises from the multinationals to create jobs and wealth for the people without contamination.

The mining is seen by the Wixarika and their supporters as a menace to the delicate biodiversity of this unique ecosystem, liested by the UNESCO as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site, and a very real threat to their spiritual traditions and culture.

Please note film director Hernan Vichez will be accompanied by two Huichol Shamans in the film for a Q&A following each session.

Admission to the film is free with museum admission.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 through SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16


Laboratory of Anthropology Library 21st Annual Book Sale


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The Laboratory of Anthropology Library holds its always anticipated 21st Book Sale

SATURDAY and SUNDAY, November 15 and 16, 2014

"Books to the ceiling, books to the sky, my pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them." -- Arnold Lobel

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Laboratory of Anthropology (LOA) Library will hold its 21st book sale on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 16. Book sale times and admission fees are:



  • Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., $10; and 1 – 4 p.m., $1

  • Sunday, Nov. 16, Noon – 4 p.m., Free

There are many books worthy of gracing any library, supplementing a collection or expanding one, such as the scarce, rare and first edition, finely printed and small literary press books on topics as diverse as the 1960s Beat Generation and Counter Culture movements, the Federal Writers’ Project/Works Progress Administration, Goreyana (Edward Gorey), as well as on New Mexico, Mexico, Spanish Colonial history and art, and on Central America.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19


Letís Take A Look


Curators Look at Your Treasures


12:00 pm through 2:00 pm

During this time, curators from The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and The Laboratory of Anthropology are in the lobby of MIAC to look at your treasures. These curators will attempt to identify and explain any artifact or historic object presented to them.

The event is always FREE and open to the public. Federal and State regulations prohibit the curators from appraising any artifact.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7


Winter Traditions


A Community Holiday Celebration


1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

A special community holiday celebration featuring Native American storytelling, dance performance, and hands-on activities. Free admission for New Mexico residents on Sundays with ID.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14


"Wearable Art" Jewelry Lecture


Keri Ataumbi Discusses Her Work


1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

A multiple award winner at Indian Market and the Heard Museum Show, Keri Ataumbi will discuss her "wearable art" of silver and gold, often enhanced with precious and semi-precious gems, including turquoise.

Keri is of Kiowa and Italian heritage, and her work is steeped in both traditional and contemporary art streams. She creates jewelry based on a personal aesthetic of "content-based enquiry." As an example, some pieces have taken inspiration from the natural world and are enhanced with insects, plant life, or animals. Her eclectic, innovative, contemporary designs can be viewed not only as jewelry, but as stand alone art.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17


Letís Take A Look


Curators Look at Your Treasures


12:00 pm through 2:00 pm

During this time, curators from The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and The Laboratory of Anthropology are in the lobby of MIAC to look at your treasures. These curators will attempt to identify and explain any artifact or historic object presented to them.

The event is always FREE and open to the public. Federal and State regulations prohibit the curators from appraising any artifact.

THURSDAY, JUNE 18


Marvin and Marcus Slim; Isaiah Ortiz; and Joe and LeJeune Chavez: Under the Portal


Friends of Indian Art



Friends of Indian Art (FIA) invites their members to a program presenting Marvin and Marcus Slim; Isaiah Ortiz; and Joe and LeJeune Chavez. Marvin Slim (Navajo) and his wife Luana (San Felipe) are best known for their “signature” adjustable ring designs. Over the years both have produced a variety of outstanding necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Also joining us is Marvin’s son Marcus who has also picked up the family trade with a unique style of jewelry all his own. Joe (Santo Domingo) and LeJeune Chavez (Santo Domingo/Seminole) collaborate to create a unique blend of silver, lapidary, and intricate beadwork jewelry. Joe combines traditional Pueblo designs with contemporary original designs. LeJeune mixes styles and materials from her multi-tribal background, working with stones, shell, antique beads and Swarovski crystals. Isaiah Ortiz (San Felipe) has forged his own unique jewelry-making path by employing a saw and carving technique, resulting in strong geometric lines and sharp angles. Occasionally his designs incorporate exotic stones. Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15


Rose B. Simpson Ė Thinking and Creating Outside the Box!


Friends of Indian Art



Friends of Indian Art (FIA) invites their members to a program presenting Rose B. Simpson, a native of Santa Clara Pueblo, who was raised among an extended family of artists. Her mother, Roxanne Swentzell, is a well-known Indigenous ceramic sculptor, and her father, Patrick Simpson, was a contemporary artist working in wood and metal. Rose’s artistic expression has taken forms including sculpting, printmaking, drama and creative writing, as well as music and dance. Being of both Indigenous and Anglo descent, her work often signifies the continual struggle between the two worlds many modern Indigenous people experience. Rose is currently studying Automotive Science at Northern New Mexico College and sees this path as her personal passion and new direction. Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.