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Mesa Verde Announces Upcoming Pottery Demonstration and Final Lectures of the 2013 Four Corners Series
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Mesa Verde National Park is proud to announce the final lectures in the Four Corners Lecture Series. These programs are free of charge and open to the general public.
On Saturday, September 21, at 10:30 am, at the Visitor and Research Center, Santa Clara Pueblo potter Starr Tafoya will present a pottery firing demonstration. She will begin with the gathering of the clay, demonstrate molding 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. She will bring along a number of already fired pieces for sale.
Starr Tafoya and her mother, Jane Baca, have conducted annual pottery firing demonstrations in the park for over 20 years. Although Jane passed away in 2011, Starr continues the tradition, shaping and molding her pieces in her mother's honor. They 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.
Brian Kemp, "Everyone Poops and Other Tales from Prehistory" on Friday, October 4, at 7:00 pm., at Far View Lodge Library.
Lauren Jelinek, "Walking the Line: Identity Politics in Southwestern Archaeology" on Thursday, October 10, at 7:00 pm, at Fort Lewis College, Center of Southwest Studies.
Erica Olsen, "Writing the Four Corners" on Friday, October 11, at 7:00 pm, at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.
Kelly Jenks and Chuck Riggs, "Defining a Site: Compliance and Community Archaeology in Durango" on Thursday, October 17, at 6:00 pm, at Fort Lewis College, Center of Southwest Studies.
Frank Matero, "Making Sites: Early Preservation at Mesa Verde and the Four Corners" on Thursday, October 24, at 7:00 pm, Fort Lewis College, Noble Hall.
Ester Belin and Majel Boxer, "Fort Lewis Indian School: Re-counting the History, Re-storing the Mission" on Thursday, November 7, at 6:00 pm, at Fort Lewis College, Center of Southwest Studies.
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.