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Audubon Day Celebration

at the Center for NM Archaeology

May 4, 2019 10:00 am through 2:00 pm

Escavada BW duck pot
This duck-shaped pot is a great example of the duck-shaped pots that were made in the Southwest as early as 1,300 years ago. This vessel, which is called Escavada Black-on-White and comes from western New Mexico, dates between 950 and 1150 A.D.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) will collaborate with Audubon New Mexico, for a special event, Audubon Day: A Celebration of Birds, at the Center for New Mexico Archeology (CNMA) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event coincides with Birds: Spiritual Messengers of the Skies, an exhibition currently on view at CNMA, and celebrates the importance of birds across the Southwest.

The event schedule will be family friendly and include live demonstrations as well as hands-on activities. Attendees will have the opportunity to see CNMA’s exhibition, which centers on Native relationships with different birds, as well as their role within archeological studies. Audubon Day and the exhibition work in tandem to illustrate the importance of birds within the environment, fulfilling roles within our ecosystems and cultures.

To celebrate the relationship between birds and the region’s history, the program presents live birds of prey from On a Wing and a Prayer, a raptor rehabilitation program for a learning demonstration. Everyone in attendance is invited to participate in making clay figures, viewing bird-related objects under a microscope, and creating balls out of bird seed. Other activities include “Birding 101,” which teaches attendees the basics of birding skills. At 11:00 a.m., Jon Hayes, Audubon New Mexico’s Executive Director, will speak on conservation, followed by Diana Sherman, at 11:30 a.m.

Demonstrations include a turkey feather blanket making demo Mary Weahkee (Santa Clara Pueblo/Comanche) and flute and whistle playing by Marlon Magdalena (Jemez Pueblo), whose instruments have been made of bird-bone. Magdalena will also speak at 1pm.

MIAC is pleased to present a pottery making demo with renowned Pueblo potter Robert Tenorio of Santo Domingo (Kewa) Pueblo.

Great Blue Heron
The Great Blue Heron is a familiar large bird and is the largest heron in North America. It is often seen either standing silently along inland rivers or lakes, or flying high above, its figure reminiscent of its dinosaur ancestors.