A New Lesson Plan: 1540!
Education / History / Lesson Plans

A New Lesson Plan: 1540!

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/ .  

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Countdown to Dig Kuaua!
Archaeology / History

Countdown to Dig Kuaua!

Here at Coronado Historic Site, we are counting down the days until our archaeological dig begins! On Monday, May 15, the very first work will begin — not with gigantic holes but with staking off the sites and preparation work for the next weeks to come. Archaeology will be happening Monday through Friday, and the best times to come see what people are doing will be between 10:00 and 2:00. Continue reading

Winter Days at Kuaua
History

Winter Days at Kuaua

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. Continue reading