What Did Ancient Kuauans Use Turtles For?

September Outreach Visits!

Sharon Walker

What did they use a turtle for?”   What a great question!

On September 1 and September 8, while Coronado Historic Site was closed, we were still busy sharing our artifacts with school children in Rio Rancho.  As the instructional coordinator, I have a trunk of really cool artifacts and educational hands-on replicas which teachers and I can use to show students about the fascinating lives of the pueblo and Spanish people who lived here centuries ago.

Under the “Education” tab, this website  (yes, this very website! 🙂  ) contains Common Core lessons that teachers can use to prepare for, or follow up our visits.  And the best thing is that even if you are not living in this area, you can still upload our lessons, free of charge, to learn about the people who lived in the Southwestern United States long ago.

Are you an educator in the Albuquerque area?  We would love to help you with our educational resources.  Are you an educator from an area far away?  We can still help you teach your students about life in the ancient pueblo, about the coming of the Spanish to the middle Rio Grande Valley, and more.  Click on the Education tab for lessons and contact information.  We would love to see you visit us here at our beautiful village on the Rio Grande.

Oh, I almost forgot —  what did they use a turtle for?  The science of archaeology is all about often using facts from the present and discoveries of the past  to create a hypothesis.  We know that some present day pueblos still use turtle shell rattles during the celebratation of  the Turtle Dance.  Archaeologists have discovered pueblo artifacts made from turtles —   — they were also used as rattles.  What can we conclude from those two facts?  That’s what archaeologists do every day.

In the next few weeks we are excited to be bringing our traveling trunk to Colinas del Norte Elementary in Rio Rancho, Bernalillo Elementary in Bernalillo, and Puesta del Sol Elementary in Rio Rancho.  And there are many more to come in October.  Stay tuned for a look into our New Mexico classrooms.

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