Journey through Time

Guided by Linda Cordell and Felipe Ortega

Field Trip

Friday, March 19, 2010, 7:30 am–5:00 pm

Aldo Leopold’s Early HomeAldo Leopold’s Early HomePhotograph courtesy Benjamin Romero, USFS.Aldo Leopold’s Early HomePhotograph courtesy Benjamin Romero, USFS.

Our journey through time will take us across north-central New Mexico from El Rito to La Madera and on to Tres Piedras—visiting an ancestral Tewa pueblo, a micaceous pottery studio, and the home of one of America’s most important conservationists.

Sapawe’uinge is believed to be the largest adobe ruin in the Southwest, containing more than 2,000 rooms in 24 room blocks arranged around seven plazas. Originally two to three stories high, this Tewa village was once home to perhaps thousands of people from AD 1350 to 1500. SAR senior scholar Linda Cordell, who was involved in the only major excavation of this site, will be our guide.

Felipe Ortega, of Jicarilla Apache descent, is a talented micaceous clay potter who has been creating pottery at his Owl Peak studio in La Madera for many years. He has taught this traditional art at the Santa Fe Community College, SMU-Taos, and in international settings from Mazatlán to Switzerland. “That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.”—Dr. Aldo Leopold, American EcologistFelipe will prepare a demonstration, traditional firing, and a unique lunch cooked in his micaceous pottery for us.

Tres Piedras was the early home of Aldo Leopold when he became Supervisor for the Carson National Forest in 1911. In 1912, he married Estella Bergere of Santa Fe and built a charming three-bedroom cabin that looks east across the sagebrush plains to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Leopold was a prolific writer and advocate for conservation and the preservation of wildlife and wilderness. He enabled the federal legislation that created the first Wilderness Area in the Gila Mountains. We will enjoy a guided tour of his home, which has been recently restored.

Activity Level: Moderate

Cost: $85 per person, includes van transportation from SAR, guide honorarium, and picnic lunch.

Trip Registration: Participation in SAR field trips is one of the benefits of membership. To make registration equitable, we will begin accepting trip reservations Monday, December 14, 2009, 8am to 5pm, for our Spring 2010 field trips. Beginning on that day, please call the SAR Membership Office at (505) 954-7203 to register or to receive additional information about any of these trips. Group size is limited. Reserve your space early.

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