Events & Exhibitions

Events & Exhibitions



Lecture with Anna Sofaer and Robert Weiner

The Sun, the Moon and Chaco Canyon: Recent Findings by the Solstice Project

2:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Anna Sofaer, rediscoverer of the Sun Dagger, and archaeologist Robert Weiner present their recent research results. Introduction by Brian Vallo (Acoma). This talk is presented in conjunction with Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time. Visit for more on the Solstice Project.


Lecture with Harvard Professor Dr. Gary Urton

Native American Southern Cosmologies

1:00 pm


Join Harvard professor Dr. Gary Urton for a fascinating presentation that examines the cosmologies of Native peoples of the Amazonian and Andean regions of South America. Explore the Milky Way — their principal celestial object for organizing understanding of the sky and its relationship to human affairs.



Native Treasures Collectors’ Sale

Sales Benefit MIAC Education Programs & Exhibits

9:00 am through 5:00 pm

An annual tradition at MIAC, the Native Treasures Collectors’ Sale is a unique opportunity to purchase objects from private collections in Santa Fe and beyond!

Pottery, jewelry, textiles, paintings, baskets, carvings - old and contemporary - whether you are a new or seasoned collector, come find your own treasure!

Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, 2016 - 10am - 5pm - Free Admission

Special early bird admission on Saturday at 9am - $25


Nick Rosetta Stone and Shell Jewelry Demonstration

10:00 am through 4:00 pm

Using all natural material and handmade processes, he makes beautiful heishi necklaces. Nick learned the art from his parents, Ray and Mary Rosetta. The heishi artform goes back to ancestral pueblo times, long before the arrival of the Spanish in the Southwest, when Kewa stone and shell jewelry - believed by many archeologists to be the oldest form of jewelry in the southwest-was highly prized and widely traded.

Nick does most of the lapidary work--cutting, grinding, sanding and polishing. His wife Me-Wee does ninety-five percent of the stringing. He obtains his materials from many different places--turquoise from Nevada and Arizona, serpentine from South Dakota, pipestone from Minnesota, as well as stones from Canada, Peru and Australia. 

Demonstrations of his work will be on October 11th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.




Exhibition Opening and Archaeology Open House

Celebrate World Archaeology Day with Family at the CNMA

10:00 am through 4:00 pm


Let’s Take a Look...

Curators Examine Your Treasures

A monthly offering at MIAC, Let’s Take a Look is your chance to bring by your personal treasures for evalauation. While curators are prohibited from assigning retail value (we have a list of external appraisers for you), our curatorial staff is great at helping determine age, origin, use, etc. of many objects. Items with Native American roots are most common, but we can also help with other items periodically.

This is a free program.


New Jewelry Galleries at the Wheelwright Museum

Friends of Indian Art

On June 7, 2015, the Wheelwright opened the Jim and Lauris Phillips Center for the Study of Southwestern Jewelry. Please join us for a docent tour of the Martha Struever Gallery where work on display includes the Anderman/Gallegos collection of New Mexican filigree; jewelry and hollowware by masters including Kenneth Begay, Morris Robinson, Lewis Lomay, and Charles Loloma; and contemporary work by Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird, Norbert Peshlaki, Perry Shorty, and many others.

Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.