Seeing, Hearing, Learning, Being Loved: Cradleboards of North America
February - December 2013
Cradleboards are among the most distinctive elements of Native American cultures; they are an important part of cultural identity for many American Indian families. This exhibit explores how Native American cultures made and used, and continue to make and use, cradleboards so that infants could be more fully integrated into their mothers' activities. Cradleboards from a diverse array of Native American cultures are displayed: Apache, Atsuge, Coast Salish, Cheyenne, Chukchansi, Hopi, Hupa, Menominee, Miwok, Navajo, Nespelem, Oji-Cree, Plains Cree/Nakota, Pueblo, Tanacross, and Ute. Historic and contemporary photographs of American Indian families accompany the displays.
This exhibit was made possible by support from the Southwest and Border Cultures Institute.
Weaving Solidarity: Textile Traditions of Highland Chiapas
September 2012 - December 2013
In highland Chiapas, Mexico, Tzotzil-Maya weavers wear the universe on their bodies, as they incorporate cosmological and other symbols into everyday and ceremonial clothing. Despite 500 years of colonization, Maya people have retained a distinct identity that was and continues to be expressed through embroidered and brocaded textiles. This exhibit examines the preservation of textile traditions, as well as new developments in designs, and the use of weaving to bolster indigenous identity and group solidarity in reaction to modern political, economic, and social issues.
Permanent Viewing: Pottery From the Americas
The NMSU Museum is home to a unique and comprehensive collection of both prehistoric and historical pottery. This collection includes almost 600 pottery vessels that reflect the vibrant artistry and beauty of Southwestern and Mesoamerican ceramics. There is also an extensive type collection of sherds from New Mexico and Chihuahua to be explored, as well as other educational materials.