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/ .
Polk Middle School is located on a beautiful tree-lined street in southwest Albuquerque. Seventh and eighth grade students of New Mexico and American history met in their beautiful library to listen to a talk about the first contact between the Pueblo people and the Spanish, led by a young general named Francisco Vasquez de Coronado. … Continue reading
For those educators who are hard at work making plans for their new school year, let us help you out with your curriculum. If you are a teacher, you will find powerpoints, lesson plans, teacher resource pages, student handouts, and more. If you aren’t a teacher of New Mexico or southwestern history and you know one, send them this way. : ) All these materials are free for your classroom use! Continue reading
Last Sunday, the summer educational programs, sponsored by the Friends of Coronado Historic Site, came to a close with the Wanagi Wolf Rescue bringing in three wolves / wolf-dogs and presenting a fascinating program to our largest crowd yet this summer. Angel, Bindi, and Milagro all have a story to tell, and their “mama” Stephanie … Continue reading
The Coronado Historic Site is nothing if not an archaeological site. I am often asked why am I an archaeologist? That is a complicated question, but the simple answer is – respect. The Greek philosopher Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living”. Archaeology gives us the chance to examine not just our own … Continue reading
The haunting sound of flute music will once again echo down the Rio Grande on June 25, as Coronado Historic Site and the Friends of Coronado welcome Marlon Magdalena, a Jemez Pueblo flute player, to demonstrate the techniques of making and playing Native American flutes. Continue reading
Ancient pueblo technologies return to Kuaua this Saturday, as Mary Weahkee demonstrates the uses of yucca in the pueblo world, and Isaiah Coan teaches us the craft of making arrows and arrowheads from nature. Continue reading