Lectures, symposiums, artist open houses, colloquiums, field trips, and many other events are regularly sponsored by the School for Advanced Research (SAR). These are available to SAR members, and many also are open to the general public. All upcoming events are listed below.

April 2014
SAR Logo Field Trip
Friday, April 18, 2014, 8:00 am–5:00 pm Classic Period Pueblos of San Juan Mesa Trip Leaders: Michael Bremer and Chris Toya From the 14th century into the early historic period the ancestors of the modern Pueblo of Jemez lived and farmed the mesas above the Rio Jemez. Living in large pueblos acting as community centers with extensive networks of field houses and agriculture fields the population thrived in an environment that looked very different from the ponderosa pine forest we see today.
Lara Evans Speaker Series
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:00 pm, Free Content and Analysis in Native Art: Moving Past Form and Function Lara Evans, Cherokee Nation, art historian, art history faculty, Institute of American Indian Arts
Kade Twist, Cherokee Nation, mixed media artist
Frank Buffalo Hyde, Nez Perce/Onondaga, painter
Carolyn Kastner, Curator, O’Keeffe Museum (moderator)
Many contemporary Native artists have expressed concern that their work is often examined in terms of materials, process, and function, while a more in-depth content analysis is overlooked. This panel discussion will take up this issue and address its history.
Patricia Baudino Colloquium
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Anne Ray Intern Presentations Patricia Baudino and Jordan Wilson, Anne Ray Interns, SAR “To be Able to Share: Manifesting Change through Collections-Based Collaboration” by Patricia Baudino; “An Oral History with Delbert Guerin” by Jordan Wilson
May 2014
Ancestral Navajo Field Trip
Thursday, May 1–Saturday, May 3, 2014 Ancestral Navajo: Rock Art and Pueblitos de Dinétah Trip Leader: Larry Baker The remote landscape of northwestern New Mexico is known as Dinétah by the Navajo people. Scattered in this ancestral Navajo homeland are small defensive sites— pueblitos— that the Navajos constructed in the eighteenth century to protect themselves from slaving raids by neighboring Utes.
SAR Logo Field Trip
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8:00 am–3:30 pm The Tewa World: Posi-Ouinge and Santa Clara Pueblo Trip Leaders: Kurt Anschuetz and Porter Swentzell The Tewa people have lived in northern New Mexico for centuries, including the modern villages of Santa Clara, Okhay Owingeh, San Ildefonso, Tesuque, Pojoaque, and Nambe Pueblos. The ancestral villages of the Tewa are scattered along the tributaries of the Rio Chama and Rio Grande, including the archaeological site called “Posi-Ouinge” located near Ojo Caliente.
Postcommodity. Symposium
Friday, May 16, 2014, 1:00–6:30 pm, Free, Reservations Required Transformation(s): Cultural Spaces, Indigenous Peoples, and Arts Organizers: Patricia Baudino and Jordan Wilson, Anne Ray Interns Emanating from a place of Indigenous transformation and activism, many museums and art institutions continue to respond to the call for new practices that de-center the traditional knowledge of these institutions. These transformations are altering knowledge and practices and, arguably, their purpose. The afternoon’s events will include panels consisting of curators, artists, scholars, and museum professionals who will discuss these transformations in the arts and culture fields.
SAR Logo Lecture
Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers God is Red, Still! Severin Fowles Anthropologist Severin Fowles draws upon the rich history of the Pueblo people of the American Southwest in an illustrated talk on author Vine Deloria’s classic analysis of Native American place-based theologies.
August 2014
Satellite image of Valles Caldera Field Trip
Friday, August 15, 2014, 8:00 am–4:00 pm Archaeology and Geology of the Valles Caldera Trip Leaders: Ana Steffen and Kirt Kempter Join us for an insightful and exclusive trip into the heart of the Valles Caldera National Preserve with Cultural Resources Coordinator Ana Steffen and geologist Kirt Kempter. Known for its distinctive caldera rim, expansive grasslands with elk herds, and its cultural importance to local pueblos, the Valles Caldera has developed an allure that makes visitors want to return time and time again to seek out its solitude and beauty.
September 2014
Eagle Trap Field Trip
Friday, September 19, 2014, 9:00 am–3:00 pm Burnt Mesa Pueblo and Eagle Traps Trip Leaders: Rory Gauthier and Robert Powers Burnt Mesa, above Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Park, was ravaged by the 1977 La Mesa Fire, which changed the visual landscape of Bandelier’s northern boundary. The once-prominent ponderosa forest has transitioned into grass and shrubs, which have attracted elk into the park. This open landscape has allowed visitors to more easily notice the numerous rock mound sites signifying Ancestral Puebloan life on the mesa.
Llama packing to Rainbow Bridge Field Trip
Monday, September 29–Saturday, October 4, 2014, Trip limited to 10 participants Extraordinary Adventure: Navajo Mountain to Rainbow Bridge Trip leader: Kimberly Spurr On the northern edge of the Navajo Nation, Navajo Mountain rises to 10,388 feet. Geologically unique as an isolated laccolithic dome, the mountain towers above 1,500-foot deep canyons and breath-taking contours of Navajo sandstone. This spectacular and remote country on the Utah and Arizona border provides a unique opportunity to explore a rarely visited part of the Colorado Plateau, which contains a wealth of archaeological pre-history and contemporary Navajo cultural history.
October 2014
Governor Bent Field Trip
Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:00 am–5:00 pm Rebellion in Taos: the Uprising of 1847 Trip Leader: Robert J. Tórrez The years 1846 and 1847 were volatile times in New Mexico, particularly in Taos and Taos Pueblo. On January 19, 1847, Governor Bent, his brother-in-law, and four US-appointed local officials were murdered in Taos. The revolt against the newly instituted US authorities quickly spread to Mora and other communities in northern New Mexico.
Guaje Ruin Kiva in 2005 Field Trip
Friday, October 31, 2014, 8:00 am–4:00 pm Guaje Canyon: Archaeology and Fire on the Pajarito Plateau Trip Leaders: Rory Gauthier and Dr. Craig Allen One extensive group of ruins that we will visit lies on the high, narrow mesa north of Guaje Canyon. Here, at least seven ruins are spread along the crest of the mesa, including five kivas that are carved into the tufa bedrock. A string of fifty cavate rooms are found along the base of the canyon, which were accessible to the mesa village by hand- and toe-holds and carved stairs.

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