New Educational Tours

Santa Fe Indian School StudentSanta Fe Indian School StudentSanta Fe Indian School student‚ Mathew Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo)‚ searching for information in the IARC collections database
Santa Fe Indian School Student
Ceramic JarsCeramic JarsCeramic jars in IARC’s collection, from the following Pueblos: Zuni, Hopi, San Ildefonso, Zia, and Cochiti. Photograph by Addison Doty.
Ceramic Jars
Kendall Tallmadge‚ Native InternKendall Tallmadge‚ Native Intern
Kendall Tallmadge‚ Native Intern
Executive Director of A:Shiwi A:Wan Museum and Heritage Center Jim EnoteExecutive Director of A:Shiwi A:Wan Museum and Heritage Center Jim EnoteExecutive Director of A:Shiwi A:Wan Museum and Heritage Center Jim Enote explains the finer points of a Zuni bracelet to SAR Board Treasurer Jason Brady
Executive Director of A:Shiwi A:Wan Museum and Heritage Center Jim Enote

IARC announced three new tours this year, available for students in grades 6 through 12. Accommodating New Mexico state standards and benchmarks for education, the tours cover topics in history, science, art, and geography. They also feature items from IARC’s education trunk to facilitate hands-on learning. Developed by IARC interns over the last two years, each tour is theme-based, covering a subject such as trade and adaptation, agriculture and sustenance, and the history of collecting.

Trade and Adaptation Tour

Trade and adaptation have been integral to the survival of Native people in the Southwest. From the earliest trade routes between tribes to exchange between Spanish and Euroamerican settlers, trade has gone on since time immemorial. This tour focuses on the importance of trade in the Southwest and its manifestations in the cultural lives of Native peoples.

Agriculture and Sustenance Tour

This tour focuses mainly on Native Southwestern agriculture but includes an overarching theme of subsistence. Visitors learn about the many items in the IARC collection that reflect the environment they live in and the importance of certain lifeways. Practical uses for many collection items and their scientific advantages are also discussed.

History of Collecting Tour

This tour highlights aspects of the ways in which the IARC collection and similar collections in the United States were formed. IARC donors, collectors, and other relevant information on collecting are all integral parts of the tour.

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