Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture The mission of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology is to inspire appreciation for and knowledge of the diverse native arts, histories, languages, and cultures of the Greater Southwest. Visit us at http://miaclab.org

A visit to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is an excellent introduction to the complexity and diversity of the Native American cultures of the region. Here, you can listen to the stories and songs that tell of origins and the long history of the Native people of the Southwest, witness the development of new forms of art, or learn about the contemporary lives and lifeways of the Southwest's indigenous populations. HOURS Open Daily 10am-5pm from May through October Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm from November through April. Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, January 1st, and Easter Sunday

This Navajo shoulder blanket was made sometime between 1870 — 1900. Shoulder blankets of this nature are designed to b...
06/07/2019

This Navajo shoulder blanket was made sometime between 1870 — 1900. Shoulder blankets of this nature are designed to be worn over the shoulders, as their designs reflect. This particular blanket was last on display at MIAC for Spider Woman's Gift: Navajo Weaving Traditions (2006–2008). #PeekInsideMIAC
(MIAC 9126/11)

Congratulations to Native actor Wes Studi on his Academy Award!
06/06/2019
Oscar first for Native American actor

Congratulations to Native actor Wes Studi on his Academy Award!

The Last of the Mohicans actor is the first Native American actor to be honoured with an Oscar.

Turquoise is the gemstone of the Southwest, a stone that, especially when paired with silver, symbolizes the region for ...
06/05/2019

Turquoise is the gemstone of the Southwest, a stone that, especially when paired with silver, symbolizes the region for people around the world.

Learn more about the stone and it's meaning here:
http://turquoise.indianartsandculture.org/

Photo: Shonto Begay (Navajo, b. 1954)) Gift of Doris and Arnold Roland.

Take a read... Canada calls its Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) problem "genocide," for which the country i...
06/04/2019
Canadian Inquiry Calls Killings of Indigenous Women Genocide

Take a read... Canada calls its Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) problem "genocide," for which the country itself is responsible.

A long-anticipated report into the killings and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls also called for changes to the criminal code.

This fragment of a ceramic figurine was found during the Nusbaum Excavations at Pecos. This artifact, commonly referred ...
05/31/2019

This fragment of a ceramic figurine was found during the Nusbaum Excavations at Pecos. This artifact, commonly referred to as the "Pecos Cat," is a cat eating a mouse while the mouse fights back. What is interesting about this figurine is that it was made from mold, meaning multiple copies of this figurine could have been made. MIAC is the state repository for archaeological material in New Mexico. #PeekInsideMIAC (MIAC 31505/11 )

Celebrate the closing of two great exhibitions here at MIAC: "Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans" and "Hweeldi: The Wo...
05/30/2019

Celebrate the closing of two great exhibitions here at MIAC: "Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans" and "Hweeldi: The Woven Tribute Commemorating The Long Walk" on Sunday, June 2 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

We will have Dinetah Dancers, a Southern Athabaskan Language Lecture with guest speakers Oliver Enjady (Mescalero Apache) and members of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, hands-on family activities, and light refreshments. Free for NM Residents!

Image: Rug Navajo, ca.1920’s Gift of Earl C. Kauffman 45506/12 Photo courtesy: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Today MIAC is remembering Senator John Pinto (Navajo), who was a WWII Code Talker, educator, and longtime champion of Na...
05/29/2019
WWII Code Talker and Longtime NM Lawmaker Dies at 94

Today MIAC is remembering Senator John Pinto (Navajo), who was a WWII Code Talker, educator, and longtime champion of Native Americans in the State Senate.

John Pinto, a Navajo Code Talker in World War II who became one of the nation's longest serving Native American elected officials as a New Mexico state senator, has died. He was 94.

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture's cover photo
05/28/2019

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture's cover photo

A very special thank you to all the artists and patrons who came out to Native Treasures over the weekend! What did you ...
05/28/2019

A very special thank you to all the artists and patrons who came out to Native Treasures over the weekend! What did you purchase? Share a photo below!

05/27/2019

Get the most out of your travels in New Mexico with the Cultural Atlas of New Mexico - a free cross-platform mobile app and website is a free guide to the historic and cultural points of interest throughout in the state, organized by region, proximity and topic.

Download the New Mexico Culture Atlas at http://atlas.newmexicoculture.org.

Modern art history, popular culture, and Indigenous people commingle in David Bradley’s imagination of the Southwest i...
05/25/2019
Santa Fe Through the Eyes of a Minnesota Chippewa Artist

Modern art history, popular culture, and Indigenous people commingle in David Bradley’s imagination of the Southwest in idiosyncratic ways. Read about Santa Fe through the eyes of Minnesota Chippewa Artist David Bradley.

Modern art history, popular culture, and Indigenous people commingle in David Bradley’s imagination of the Southwest in idiosyncratic ways.

This is an early 20th century Akimel O'odham carrying basket from Arizona. Previously referred to as a burden basket, th...
05/24/2019

This is an early 20th century Akimel O'odham carrying basket from Arizona. Previously referred to as a burden basket, this kind of basket is called Kiaha by this tribe of O’odham. The long sticks seen in this photo are only used when the basket is not being carried, as they allow the basket to stand on its own while an individual is collecting. #PeekInsideMIAC
(MIAC 36693/12)

Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival is coming up on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 & 26, 2019. You are not going to wan...
05/22/2019

Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival is coming up on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 & 26, 2019. You are not going to want to miss this nationally-recognized art market, bringing together over 200 of today’s most prominent Native American artists at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center!

Saturday Early Bird: 9:00-10:00am
Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am-4:00pm

ADMISSION
Saturday and Sunday: $20.00
Saturday only: $15.00
Sunday only: $10.00

EARLY BIRD ADMISSION
Saturday 9:00am–10:00am; includes full day Saturday and Sunday: $40.00

More information can be found here: http://nmculture.org/nativetreasures/

Butterfly Dancer, Mateo Romero, 48x60”, mixed media on canvas (mm/c), 2018. Photograph by Karl Duncan.

And just like that, 65 newly minted graduates are off and running in the art world!
05/21/2019
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) 2019 Graduation Ceremony

And just like that, 65 newly minted graduates are off and running in the art world!

Published May 21, 2019 65 Degrees and Certificates Conferred on May 18, 2019 SANTA FE, N.M. — The Institute of American Indian Arts held their 2019 commencement ceremony at 11:00 am on Saturday, Ma…

Celebrating the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families announce th...
05/19/2019

Celebrating the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families announce that museums nationwide, including New Mexico’s eight state-run museums and Historic Sites under the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), have signed on to provide free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer.

The 2019 program begins earlier than past years, starting Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, ending Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, Labor Day. Military families can find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“After a decade of participation, it remains a privilege for New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs museums and historic sites to serve members of the military and their families through this National Endowment for the Arts program,” said DCA Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego. “It’s a small token of our esteem and a ‘thank you’ for the sacrifices they make every day and a wonderful opportunity for military families to share a memorable experience exploring New Mexico’s outstanding cultural treasures.”

Celebrate the closing of two great exhibitions here at MIAC: "Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans" and "Hweeldi: The Wo...
05/18/2019

Celebrate the closing of two great exhibitions here at MIAC: "Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans" and "Hweeldi: The Woven Tribute Commemorating The Long Walk" on Sunday, June 2 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

We will have Dinetah Dancers, a Southern Athabaskan Language Lecture with guest speakers Oliver Enjady (Mescalero Apache) and members of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, hands-on family activities, and light refreshments. Free for NM Residents!

Image: Rug Navajo, ca.1920’s Gift of Earl C. Kauffman 45506/12 Photo courtesy: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

The New Mexico CulturePass is your ticket to New Mexico's exceptional Museums and Historic Sites! From Indian treasures ...
05/18/2019

The New Mexico CulturePass is your ticket to New Mexico's exceptional Museums and Historic Sites!
From Indian treasures to space exploration, world-class folk art to awesome dinosaurs—our museums and monuments celebrate the essence of New Mexico every day.
Get yours here: nmculture.org/visit/culturepass

This may just look like a pile of sherds, but it is actually part of the indispensable H. P. Mera collection in MIAC’s...
05/17/2019

This may just look like a pile of sherds, but it is actually part of the indispensable H. P. Mera collection in MIAC’s Archaeological Research Collections. Dr. Mera collected sherds on the surface of numerous sites along the Rio Grande. Archaeologists still use this collection to get an idea of last known occupancy for sites and nearby areas. These sherds are specifically from the site of Puaray in Sandoval County. #PeekInsideMIAC
(MIAC 11064)

MIAC is thrilled to announce that its exhibit "Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans" is the winner of a 2019 Award of Ex...
05/16/2019

MIAC is thrilled to announce that its exhibit "Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans" is the winner of a 2019 Award of Excellence from the American Association for State & Local History (AASLH). With only 50 winners nationwide, the prestigious award recognizes this educational and aesthetically beautiful exhibit. "Lifeways" closes on June 2, though, so this is your last chance to see it!

05/13/2019
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In her Hollywood Star speech, Anne Hathaway pays tribute to the Tongva People, who still inhabit land in the area today.

The Tongva are Indigenous people from the territory we now know as Los Angeles.

Native Treasures weekend is coming up on Memorial Day weekend! Have you made reservations to our Friday night artist cel...
05/10/2019
Native Treasures

Native Treasures weekend is coming up on Memorial Day weekend! Have you made reservations to our Friday night artist celebration on Museum Hill? Did you know you can also buy tickets for the weekend show online? Check out all the details here.

This shiny rock is not an ordinary river rock. It is a dinosaur gizzard stone (or gastrolith) from Wyoming. Some animals...
05/09/2019

This shiny rock is not an ordinary river rock. It is a dinosaur gizzard stone (or gastrolith) from Wyoming. Some animals (including dinosaurs and birds) digest food in their gizzards with the help of swallowed stones of grit. The shininess comes from the rock rolling around presumably in stomach acid! #PeekInsideMIAC
(MIAC 25774/17)

Please take a moment to read this note from Senator Tom Udall on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). MIAC will...
05/07/2019

Please take a moment to read this note from Senator Tom Udall on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). MIAC will honor MMIW on Sunday, August 4 with a related mural project facilitated by Diego and Mateo Romero.

Following Sunday’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Day of Awareness, I hope you’ll join me this week in calling attention to the epidemic of violence against Native women and re-committing ourselves to ending it.

The statistics are staggering. Eighty-four percent of Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. There are more than 5,000 known cases of missing Native women – including at least 78 in New Mexico – and many more cases go unreported. And in some areas of Indian Country, Native women are murdered at a rate ten times the national average.
These aren’t just numbers. These are real people. And this is a real crisis.

We cannot accept this as the status quo. We must do more to make sure Tribes have the tools they need to keep their communities safe. Here in Congress, I’m working hard to enact measures to do just that, including calling for a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that includes key provisions I have championed to protect Native women.

Over the next five years, the “Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art” exhibition will be ...
05/06/2019

Over the next five years, the “Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art” exhibition will be on display inside The American Adventure pavilion at Disney's Epcot.

It will feature new artifacts and refreshed displays, incorporating pieces from more of the 573 American Indian tribes recognized by the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Image: Beaded Bracelet, 1998, Marcus Amerman, Choctaw, Beads, leather.

For those of you gearing up for the big @Santa Fe Century bike ride events on May 19th– be glad your bike seats are mo...
05/03/2019

For those of you gearing up for the big @Santa Fe Century bike ride events on May 19th– be glad your bike seats are more comfortable than this one! MIAC is the state repository for archaeological material in New Mexico. This artifact was uncovered in San Miguel County. #PeekInsideMIAC

The New Mexico CulturePass is your ticket to New Mexico's exceptional Museums and Historic Sites! From Indian treasures ...
04/28/2019

The New Mexico CulturePass is your ticket to New Mexico's exceptional Museums and Historic Sites!
From Indian treasures to space exploration, world-class folk art to awesome dinosaurs—our museums and monuments celebrate the essence of New Mexico every day.
Get yours here: nmculture.org/visit/culturepass

KRQE News 13's Cultural Atlas segment recently interviewed the 2019 Living Treasures artist award recipients, Diego and ...
04/27/2019

KRQE News 13's Cultural Atlas segment recently interviewed the 2019 Living Treasures artist award recipients, Diego and Mateo Romero. Watch the interview and join us for our new event: the Living Treasures Artist Celebration on Museum Hill on Friday evening, May 24.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FttBTkRoRZM&feature=youtu.be

This is a Navajo bow guard probably dating to around or prior to the 1930s. Bow guards were worn to protect the arm the ...
04/26/2019

This is a Navajo bow guard probably dating to around or prior to the 1930s. Bow guards were worn to protect the arm the released string of a bow. While initially utilitarian, bow guards eventually became an aesthetic accessory with varying degrees of ornateness. #PeekInsideMIAC
(MIAC 10686/12)

The Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration presents the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition application deadline has bee...
04/22/2019

The Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration presents the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition application deadline has been extended to April 26, 2019!

The categories for the competition are as follows:
- Textiles
- Fashion
- Visual Art

Cash prizes will be awarded for best in show as well as first place in each category. Student submissions will be accepted from March 20 to April 26, 2019. Winners will be announced at a reception on May 17, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’ Project Lab.

Mid Century Santa Fe proudly announces these three themes as competitive categories for the student competition, to run in tandem with the collaboration and IAIA’s Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art.

This contest is sponsored by American Home Furniture and Mattress.

More information at http://media.newmexicoculture.org/release/904/the-mid-century-sant. #midcenturysantafe

Yesterday we posted a close up of this Pomo basket from Northern California. The basket was donated to the museum by Ina...
04/20/2019

Yesterday we posted a close up of this Pomo basket from Northern California. The basket was donated to the museum by Ina Sizer Cassidy, who wrote a monthly column, "Art and Artists of New Mexico." For over twenty years she was a major influence in promoting and encouraging young artists of the Southwest. She served as state director of the WPA New Mexico Writers Project during the late 1930s and as president of the New Mexico Folklore Society in 1948. #PeekInsideMIAC
(MIAC 915/12)

This week MIAC invites you to guess what object this is a close up of. Bragging rights to those who can also correctly i...
04/18/2019

This week MIAC invites you to guess what object this is a close up of. Bragging rights to those who can also correctly identify the culture it is from. Check back tomorrow when we reveal the answer! #PeekInsideMIAC
(MIAC 915/12)

The Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration presents the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition, taking place from March 20 ...
04/17/2019

The Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration presents the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition, taking place from March 20 to April 19, 2019. The winning works will be on view from August 1 to August 20, 2019.

The collaboration celebrates the works of Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), Alexander Girard, and Georgia O’Keeffe for their influence and contributions to New Mexico’s textile, fashion, and visual art landscape.

Mid Century Santa Fe proudly announces these three themes as competitive categories for the student competition, to run in tandem with the collaboration and IAIA’s Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art.

This contest is sponsored by American Home Furniture and Mattress.

More information at http://media.newmexicoculture.org/release/904/the-mid-century-sant. #midcenturysantafe

Don't expect to find a resource using the Dewey Decimal System or the Library of Congress method at this library! They h...
04/15/2019
This Library Takes an Indigenous Approach to Categorizing Books

Don't expect to find a resource using the Dewey Decimal System or the Library of Congress method at this library! They have taken a cataloging approach that aims to decolonize the collections. It's a fascinating project.

Xwi7xwa library in British Columbia is working to decolonize the way libraries organize information.

This vessel was reportedly collected from Largo Canyon, New Mexico area in the 1950s-1960s. The vessel was probably loot...
04/13/2019

This vessel was reportedly collected from Largo Canyon, New Mexico area in the 1950s-1960s. The vessel was probably looted from a rock shelter based upon the blades of grass, soil, and packrat feces on the rim.

Packrat middens are gold mines for archaeologists and environmental recinstructionists due to the animal’s tendency to collect vegetation and objects and preserve them by urinating on them. MIAC is the state repository for archaeological material in New Mexico. #PeekInsideMIAC #ScienceFriday
(MIAC 53048)

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710 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM
87504

Ride the Santa Fe Trails 'M' line from the plaza to Museum Hill, or take the shuttle up from the downtown Railrunner stop.

General information

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is located on beautiful Museum Hill at 710 Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The museum is open Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. May through October, and open Tuesdays through Sundays 10:00am to 5:00pm. November through April, Our admission prices are listed here http://www.indianartsandculture.org/hours . We are always free for youth and children 16 and under. Free for NM residents on Sundays and Free for NM seniors on Wednesday. Free Parking on Museum Hill. If you are looking for more information about the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, please visit http://www.indianartsandculture.org/.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(505) 476-1269

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