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”

MEOW WOLF - We have arranged to have a group tour of Meow Wolf in Santa Fe. To quote the brochure: “Meow Wolf creates immersive, interactive art experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of storytelling. The massive art installations are a combination of a jungle gym, children’s museum and a haunted house.” Difficulty:  There is … Continue reading
Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican Trade, June 3, 2018 - MESOAMERICAN TRADE – June 3, 2 PM What items were traded between the Mesoamerican people before Columbus arrived in the new world?  Where were their trade routes?  How did they determine the value of goods?  Find out as Friends Member, Sherry Hardage presents her research on Mesoamerican trade. At the DeLavy House. Continue reading
HISTORIC SITE CLEAN-UP DAY – MAY 17 - Coronado Historic Site Staff and Friends – Site Cleanup Day Thursday, May 17th. 9:00 to Noon. Landscape, Trail Work and Facilities Cleanup Please arrive ready to work inside or out; extra hand tools are appreciated. RSVP to Annie at 867-5351 or Continue reading
REGGAE BY THE RIVER — May 26, 2018 - Two Concerts – One Price!    May 26, 2018 At the Coronado Historic Site Come enjoy a sunset concert in the beautiful setting of Coronado Historic Site, featuring local favourites Mala Maña and Native Roots. Arts, crafts, and food will be available for your enjoyment. Visitors will want to bring folding chairs and sunscreen. 2 PM: Arts and Crafts … Continue reading
REGGAE BY THE RIVER – – – – A Sunset Concert – – – – – May 26, 2018 - Two Concerts – One Price!    May 26, 2018 Come enjoy a sunset concert in the beautiful setting of Coronado Historic Site, featuring local favourites Mala Maña and Native Roots. Arts, crafts, and food will be available for your enjoyment. Visitors are encouraged to bring folding chairs and sunscreen. 2 PM: Arts and Crafts booths, Food booths and trucks (Beer/Wine … Continue reading
Cancelled – Photography Workshop — — — — - CANCELLED – Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10:30 am – 3 pm This workshop has been cancelled. Join us for a field-photography workshop for all levels of experience with any type of camera. The workshop will emphasize the mechanical and the aesthetics of “photography of the grand landscape” featuring goblins in red rock Oak Canyon at … Continue reading
Fiesta of Cultures! October 20, 2018 - 10 AM-3:30 PM  — Attend our annual Fiesta, celebrating the diverse and rich cultures of New Mexico. Enjoy delicious food, find a hand-made treasure in the many craft booths and watch a brilliant performance by local dancers. Saturday, October 20, at your Coronado Historic Site in beautiful Bernalillo, New Mexico! 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