CCC Walking Tour Stop 3

CCC stop 3
The Museum

NPS Photo by Stella Carroll

The museum described here was replaced by an updated version in 2010. Walk through the museum. The first section is part of the original building, with the same stone floors as the lobby. The section with the brick floors was added in the 1970s. The original museum exhibits consisted of glass cases containing items related to the past and present Pueblo culture. As a part of the Works Progress Administration Arts Program (WPA), the late Helmuth Naumer Sr. was a part of this program, using pastels to depict local scenes and pueblos. Young Pablita Velarde of Santa Clara Pueblo was hired to paint scenes of traditional Pueblo culture as illustrations for the museum cases. She went on to become one of the best-known Pueblo artists. As Pablita later said about her work, “This period of my life at Bandelier, I figure, I’ve learned more about my own people … than I would have … and I appreciate what the old ones have tried to pass on … I want the earth to remember me through my work.”

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Last updated: January 18, 2022

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