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Mesa Verde Announces Upcoming Pottery Demonstration and Last Lecture of the 2007 Four Corners Series
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
Mesa Verde National Park is proud to announce the next two Four Corners Lecture Series events. On Saturday, September 15, at 3:00 p.m., in the Chapin Mesa Amphitheater, Santa Clara Pueblo potters Jane Baca and Starr Tafoya will present a pottery firing demonstration. They will begin with the gathering of the clay, show how they mold the clay into animal or bird forms, explain the polishing and painting process, and conclude by firing a few pieces using the traditional firing method of their ancestors. They will bring along a number of already fired pieces for sale.
Jane Baca and Starr Tafoya are a mother and daughter pottery team. They have worked together for many years and specialize in making bird and animal figures. They have won various awards at the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, including first place recognition in their category.
On Friday, September 28, at 7:00 P.M., at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Scott Ortman will speak about "Getting Outside Our Own Heads and Into Theirs: The Future of Southwestern Archaeology." This presentation will be a comparison of Ancestral Puebloan history in the Mesa Verde region with early village societies in the valley of Mexico. He is especially interested in integrating archaeology and linguistics. Scott Ortman is a Ph.D. candidate at Arizona State University and currently is acting Director of Research at Crow Canyon. He has been doing research in this area for the past 14 years.
The Four Corners Lecture Series is sponsored by Mesa Verde National Park, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, the Anasazi Heritage Center, Cortez Cultural Center, and Ft. Lewis College. This year's theme involves reflecting on the last 100 years of archaeological research and looking at the next 100 years to see what trends may continue or what changes may occur. These programs are free of charge and open to the general public.
Did You Know?
Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park. It has 150 rooms, plus an additional 75 open areas. Twenty-one of the rooms are kivas, and 25 to 30 rooms have residential features. The number of Ancestral Puebloans living in Cliff Palace at any one time was 100 to 120.