Archaeology Trip – NW New Mexico

Archaeology Trip – NW New Mexico

September 15 and 16     OVERNIGHT ARCHAEOLOGY ADVENTURE… The Friends of Coronado Historic Site is hosting a 2-day trip to the Four Corners area of New Mexico to explore several archaeological sites that are open to the general public and some that require special permission to visit. We will briefly visit Aztec National Monument to see the … Continue reading

Coronado Had Help:  The Indios Amigos

Coronado Had Help: The Indios Amigos

History tells us that in 1540, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado and three hundred Europeans conquered thousands of pueblo farmers in the middle Rio Grande Valley. These conquistadors were metal-clad Spanish warriors on horseback. Franciscan monks came with them to bring Christianity into the region. Sometimes stories even mention Mexican Indians who came with the expedition as servants, porters, or slaves. This myth is simply untrue. Continue reading

Life in Ancient Kuaua

Life in Ancient Kuaua

What was life like in the ancient pueblo of Kuaua? After a presentation of basic information about pueblo life, in this lesson, your elementary students will have fun acting out the picture above, complete notetaking and writing activities, and reassemble the sherds of an ancient Kuaua Polychrome pot. Continue reading

July 22, 2017 – Trip – Los Alamos History Tour

July 22, 2017 – Trip – Los Alamos History Tour

  We will begin in the historic district with a guided walking tour learning about the Pueblo history in the area and the Homestead period.  We will hear about the Los Alamos Ranch School which was purchased in 1942 by the US Army’s Manhattan Engineering District to become the Manhattan Project.  We will also learn … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 – Trip – Chimayo & Spanish Weaving

June 24, 2017 – Trip – Chimayo & Spanish Weaving

  We will begin our day with a visit to the Santuario de Chimayo which is a part of the Catholic religious order known as the Sons of the Holy Family.  El Santuario de Chimayo is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world.  During Easter as many as 40,000 people journey to … Continue reading

Turkeys in Ancient Southwestern Pueblos

Turkeys in Ancient Southwestern Pueblos

Essential Question: What was the importance of the turkey to ancient pueblo people?

Your students will answer this question after doing vocabulary study and going through ten different stations which will include both primary and secondary source information about turkey husbandry in ancient Southwestern pueblos.

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Poetry at Kuaua Pueblo

Poetry at Kuaua Pueblo

Writing and Analyzing Poetry at Coronado Historic Site Your students will write an historic poem about the ancient pueblo village of Kuaua by completing a prewriting exercise, watching a video, completing the tour of the site if you are able to come to visit us, reading a primary source article by a former caretaker of … Continue reading

The Columbian Exchange

The Columbian Exchange

The Columbian Exchange A Lesson For Elementary – Middle School Students Essential Question:  Was the Columbian Exchange more beneficial for the Europeans or the Native Americans? Objectives:  After completing this lesson, the learner will be able to: Identify the origin of plants and animals in the Columbian Exchange. Complete a dinner menu which reflects New … Continue reading

Who was Francisco Vásquez de Coronado?

Who was Francisco Vásquez de Coronado?

In 1540, a young Spanish nobleman led an self-financed expedition of Spaniards, Indian allies, and slaves north into what would become New Spain, seeking the wealth of the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola and the financial rewards due to Spaniards who increased the lands of the Spanish crown. Your students will investigate web resources to … Continue reading

September 3 – Nogales Cliff House

September 3 – Nogales Cliff House

September 3, 2016 Home to the Gallina (guy-ee-nah) from about 1050 to 1275ce.  Who were these people?  Where did they come from and where did they go?  As a tie in to our Friends March lecture by Jacque Kocer, who has studied the Gallina as a doctoral candidate in archaeology at UNM, we will travel … Continue reading

August 6 – Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

August 6 – Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

August 6, 2016 Ever wonder what is in the basement of a major museum?  Let’s talk a look.  We will travel to Museum Hill in Santa Fe for a guided tour in the vaults of MIAC.  The vaults contain over 1,000 artifacts from Kuaua, Navajo Rugs, and rows and rows of pottery from every pueblo … Continue reading

June 11 – The Very Large Array

June 11 – The Very Large Array

June 11, 2016 We will have a special tour of one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories.  The VLA is the most advanced radio telescope array on earth and is used by more than 3000 researchers from around the world for over 11,000 projects.  Trip time from 9:00 a.m. returning about 4:30 p.m. TRIP … Continue reading

May 15 – Esteban the Black: Journey into the Unknown

May 15 – Esteban the Black: Journey into the Unknown

Esteban The Black: Journey into the Unknown By Ed Wallace     May 15, 2016 Join us for this entertaining and educational Chattaqua presentation.  Estavan, a Moor and Spanish slave, is given credit for being the first European to set foot in what is now the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. How he accomplished that … Continue reading

May 14 – Puye Cliff Dwellings

May 14 – Puye Cliff Dwellings

May 14, 2016 Home to the ancestors of present day Santa Clara Pueblo the cliff dwellings were occupied from about 900 to 1580ce.  The population then moved to the Rio Grande River Valley about 10 miles away where they reside today.  The dwellings are well preserved and were a popular attraction for tourists starting with … Continue reading

April 17 – Blackwater Draw: Mammoths, Bison, and People

April 17 – Blackwater Draw: Mammoths, Bison, and People

Blackwater Draw: Mammoths, Bison, and People By   Ethan Ortega  April 17, 2016 – 2PM Ethan Ortega is a historic site ranger who has a BS in anthropology and applied archaeology  from ENMU. Ethan will present an overview of the long history of excavations and research at the world famous Clovis Site in Portales, New Mexico. … Continue reading