Ethan Ortega – Educational Coordinator and Supervisory Archaeologist

DSCN2832Ethan’s Special Projects:

  • Kuaua Research Initiative Coordinator
  • Native Garden Project
  • Webmaster
  • Intern Coordinator

Phone: 505-867-5351


Below are posts tagged “Ranger Ethan”

Maxwell Museum-January 26, 2019 - January 26, 2019 Local Field Trip to the Maxwell Museum for a tour of the Dorothy Maxwell Collection of Hopi Katsina Dolls and the Ethnology collections. Lea McChesney, PhD, Curator of Ethnology, Maxwell Museum- our tour director The Dorothy Maxwell Collection of Hopi Katsina Dolls A collection of approximately 400 carved katsina dolls donated between … Continue reading
Pueblo Storytelling —– Lecture – January 20, 2019 - January 20, 2019 Pueblo Oral Traditions: Storytelling through Music Marlon Magdalena; Storyteller, Musician, Ranger  Many indigenous communities throughout the New World do not have written languages. This means that traditional cultural knowledge of those communities has to be passed orally from one generation to the next. Music often plays a pivotal role in how communities … Continue reading
Gift Shop Manager Position - Manager, of the Sun Father’s Gift Shop. The Friends of Coronado Historic Site is seeking applicants to serve as manager or co-manager of the gift shop. This is a volunteer position. Training will be provided. Retail experience is helpful but not required. The gift shop, part of the 501(c)3 agreement, helps raise funds for the Friends … Continue reading
The 2019 New Mexico Art Auction - March 16, 2019 –  New Mexico Art Auction Below are some of the 241 auction consignments we offered in our 2018 New Mexico Art Auction. The auction was held on March 24, at the Prairie Star Golf Course. See below for the spectacular inventory. We expect to receive similar items in the 2019 auction. We will … Continue reading
Volunteer at Coronado Historic Site - Help The Historic Site Staff– Please contact Annie for information, 505-867-5351 Help The Art Auction Staff–  Please contact Ed Chamberlin for information and sign up at   Continue reading
The 2018 New Mexico Art Auction - March 24, 2018 –  New Mexico Art Auction These are some of the 241 auction consignments we offered in our first New Mexico Art Auction. The auction was held at the Prairie Star Restaurant, on March 24. The auction inventory was spectacular as you may see below. Call 505-867-5351 and click with questions.   Continue reading
In Loving Memory: Diane Marie Schuler - On April 23, 2017, friends and family celebrated the life of our beloved friend Diane Schuler with shared stories and beautiful music. Continue reading
Storytelling at Coronado - Emmett ‘Shkeme’ Garcia, a talented traditional storyteller from Santa Ana Pueblo, will be featured at Coronado Historic Site on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:15. Following the oral traditions of his elders, Garcia tells tales of the creation of the seasons, coyote stories, and legends of how things came to be. Continue reading
Soaking up the Sun at Coronado Historic Site! - Come and soak up the sun out here at Coronado Historic Site!  This guy was taking it easy , enjoying the sunshine on a warm spring day and visiting with Ranger Janet today on our trails. Continue reading
Volunteer Day at Coronado Historic Site - An eager crew showed up bright and early to spend Thursday morning at Coronado, working on various landscaping and maintenance projects with our staff. They spread over two tons of gravel in the picnic areas and worked on trails to get our site ready for the coming busy season. Linseed oil on the traditionally-made caretta will keep it looking great for another year! Thank you to all the people who sacrificed their time to come out today. We couldn't do it without you! : ) Continue reading
The First Sister Sprouts at Coronado Historic Site: Mystery Beans! - The first of the three sisters to sprout this year in our native demonstration garden at Coronado Historic Site are beans that no one planted! Last year's seeds have taken advantage of the warm days last week here in Bernalillo, and a little much-needed rain to volunteer a new crop of beautiful, healthy bean plants. Continue reading
New Exhibits at Coronado Historic Site! - Artifacts from the past continue to teach us about the ancient village located here on a sandy bluff overlooking the Rio Grande. Continue reading
Dig Kuaua: New Archaeology at Coronado Historic Site - Coronado Historic Site staff member, Ethan Ortega will conduct a lecture on April 15, presenting new discoveries found during the archaeological excavations conducted in 2017.  He will share what was found, what was learned, and what is next. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ May 22 – June 30, 2017  Monday – Friday         9:00am – 3:00pm Sponsored by … Continue reading
Interesting Turkeys at Kuaua - 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. Continue reading
Indios Amigos Display - 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. Continue reading
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
Armor Displayed in the Museum - Experience, Spanish arms and armor in the museum. We have sixteenth-century tools used in New Spain. Important examples from the exploration of New Mexico can be seen and worn.  Our goal with this display was to find and offer examples, of exemplary armor, that was used in the New World in the sixteenth century. As this … Continue reading
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 .   Continue reading
Upcoming Lecture: A New Light on Kuaua - Friends of Coronado Historic Site Lecture A New Light on the Village of Kuaua As a new era dawns at Coronado Historic Site, Myths and Myopia Fade from its legacy. By Ethan Ortega January 15th, 2017   2PM Modern anthropology has benefited greatly from recent advances in technology, and as a result has provided new ways of … Continue reading
Canada Geese Overhead - This short video clip was taken by Briana Heredia of Tucson, from the roof of the Painted Kiva. What an amazingly beautiful site we have here on the banks of the Rio Grande! Continue reading