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Luther Rivera teaches flint knapping

Luther Rivera teaches flint knapping

Friends of Coronado Monument present workshop and tour

On Saturday, May 14, discover the art of flint knapping at the Coronado State Monument. For over twenty years Luther Rivera has made historically accurate tools of our Native American Indian ancestors. He has received awards from state and national organizations for his arrowhead and projectile-point reproductions.

The May 14 class runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., beginning with a short video and demonstration and followed by hands-on creation of tools. Participants will keep the objects they make, plus an instruction booklet. They may also keep a tool kit and extra workable stone for an additional fee of $20. The tool kit includes goggles, gloves, a leather pad to work on, a leather hand pad, and six tools—deer horn punches, notching tools, flaking horn, hammer stone–and must be requested when making reservations. The class is limited to twenty and is open to all ages, though children twelve and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

The cost is $30, including the instruction booklet and class materials. Bring a lunch and water. Coronado State Monument is just west of the Rio Grande on Highway 550 in Bernalillo. For reservations, contact Katherine at 867-6115.

On Saturday, May 28, at 10:00 am., Joe McKinney, UNM’s planner for thirty-six years—now retired—will give an architectural tour of the UNM campus, focussing on the Spanish Pueblo Revival theme that echoes the buildings of the nearby Pueblo Indian villages. Participants will meet at Hodgin Hall at the northeast corner of University and Central. The fee for nonmembers of the Friends of Coronado State Monument is $5.


May merriment at Coronado Monument

Join in the events coming in the month of May at Coronado State Monument. On May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., celebrate Historic Preservation Month on Sundays with group tours of the site, followed by a historical video.

On May 6 and 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., join the archaeology fair where kids learn about making coil pottery, flint knapping, games, hunting with rabbit stick, and using atlatls.

On May 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., join the children’s tin making and straw-inlaid workshop with local artisan instructors.

And on May 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., come to the Coronado State Monument dedication with music, food, and activities. Archival photographs and articles of the 1940 Coronado Cuarto Centenario will be on display.

To learn more about the monument’s May events, call 867-1733, stop by 485 Kuaua Road in

Bernalillo, just west of the Rio Grande on Highway 550,.or go to


On April 16, Native Americans danced at Balloon Fiesta Park as part of the kickoff to Albuquerque’s yearlong Tricentennial celebration.

On April 16, Native Americans danced at Balloon Fiesta Park as part of the kickoff to Albuquerque’s yearlong Tricentennial celebration.

Placitas Mountain Band jams with Tricentennial players

Placitas Mountain Band jams with Tricentennial players

Placitas Mountain Band helps celebrate Albuquerque tricentennial

The Placitas Mountain Band played at the Tricentennial Event at Balloon Park on April 16, marking the kickoff of Albuquerque’s year-long Tricentennial Commemoration. Estimated attendance at the event was around ten thousand people. The Placitas Mountain Band, part of the Territorial Era parade, played “Arkansas Traveler” and “Soldier’s Joy” as territorial people rode by the grandstand in buckboards and stage-coaches. Union and Confederate troops were in the parade, as well. Later, members of the Placitas Mountain Band jammed with a Union Army drummer and a few mariachis who were playing for the event’s Mexican era.


Historical society to offer Jemez geological tour, talk on Pancho Villa

The Sandoval County Historical Society presents a double treat in May. On May 1, geologist Dirk Van Hart takes attendees on a tour of the geology of Jemez Canyon. Interested participants should meet at the DeLavy house at 9:00 a.m. and bring lunch, a hat, sunscreen, water, and comfortable shoes.

On May 15, at 3:00 p.m., at the DeLavy house, Sandoval County Commission Chairman Bill Sapien will speak on Pancho Villa and the Mexican Revolution. Both events are free and open to the public. The DeLavy house is just west of the Rio Grande on Highway 550 in Bernalillo. Turn north on Edmond Lane and go to the last house on the lane (watch for signs).


El Rinconcito español

Caras vemos, corazones no sabemos.

We see faces, but we don’t know hearts.


De lo que no veas, ni la mitad te creas.

Unless you see it for yourself, don’t believe even half


Con la vara que midas, serás medido.

With the stick you measure with, you will be measured.

Submitted by SOS-panyol, Placitas—Spanish instruction that focuses on oral communication skills,


State historian to speak on Indian slavery

On May 17, at 7:00 p.m., Estévan Rael-Gálvez, the New Mexico State Historian, will speak on “Identifying Captivity and Capturing Identity: The American Indian Slave Narrative of New Mexico and Colorado.” His talk will focus on the meanings of American-Indian slavery and the concomitant emergence of a unique legacy and identity in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

The free program, presented by the Corrales Historical Society and the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities, will be at the Historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales, on Old Church Road. Refreshments will be served.

The church is fully accessible to people with disabilities. For further information, call 899-0065.






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