Calendar of Events


Audubon Day Celebration

at the Center for NM Archaeology

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

Casas Grandes Rattle
This unusually-shaped vessel, which may have served as a rattle, is decorated with a bird on top that is possibly a quail. On the bottom and body of the vessel are multiple macaw figures. The vessel is from the Casas Grandes region of northern Mexico and dates to around 1350 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.

Casas Grandes Jar
This jar from the Casas Grandes region exhibits large images of two macaw (parrot) figures as well as many other parrot figures and designs, illustrating the importance of these birds to cultures of northern Mexico and beyond. This vessel was painted by a master artist and dates to 1350 A.D.