Artifacts from the past continue to teach us about the ancient village located here on a sandy bluff overlooking the Rio Grande.
May 22 – June 30, 2017 (Final Dates Still Being Determined) Monday – Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site Explore the ruins of Kuaua Pueblo with archaeologists from the Office of Archaeological Studies. Watch as they sift through the earth finding artifacts and features more …
Archaeology has taught us that the domesticated turkey was a very important part of pueblo life. Although there is evidence that turkeys were eaten occasionally, it seems that they were more important than just a food source.
One of our newest displays just opened this week, featuring an amazing Aztec jaguar warrior statue. Sponsored by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site, our new exhibit shows us the weapons used by the Indios Amigos who came to support Coronado’s entrada.
The winter landscape at Kuaua: dark rust willows and tall black-lace cottonwoods line the river, and behind the bosque, snow is scattered on the cloud-shrouded Sandia Mountains. The cold Rio Grande sluggishly flows through the bosque, its eastern shore lined with Canada geese huddled together to find warmth. How different life must have been here for the ancient residents of this pueblo, a life based on fires, fur, and blankets made of feathers.
The display of hands-on Spanish arms and armor in our museum is an example of some of the types of armor used in sixteenth century New Spain. Some important examples used here in early Spanish New Mexico were missing. Our goal was to find some examples, especially of armor, which exemplify what was used in …
In 1540, the Coronado Expedition moved into the middle Rio Grande Valley, now Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Bernalillo. They brought with them a sizable group of Mesoamerican warriors.
They encounter the Tiwa-speaking Pueblo people of the Rio Grande Valley, and what follows is the first war that takes place between European and Native American forces in the Southwest. You will find this lesson plan, and others (complete with a powerpoint and all student handouts!) under the Education tab on this website, at https://kuaua.com/lesson-plans/ .