Fall 2019, Volume 20, No. 1


NMSU Anthropology is making a difference in the Borderlands! 
Thanks to you!

The Anthropology faculty and students and profiled here are just a few of those who have received funding and recognition for their research and teaching. 

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We have supported students and faculty working both internationally and locally on projects as diverse as cultural heritage and archaeological stewardship, food security and sufficiency, biocultural perspectives on medicine, health, and variation, Native American art and material culture, indigenous social movements and participatory action in the study of migration, displacement, and diaspora. 

We invite you to share in our Department's success and our students' accomplishments. Your support matters!

Dr. Rani T. Alexander
Academic Department Head and Professor of Anthropology
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NMSU Researchers Collaborate to Reveal the Secrets of Domesticated Corn 
NMSU students to study food, culture in the Southwest during 2020 Sundt Seminar
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Dr. Lois Stanford, M. Eugene Sundt Honors Professor, will lead New Mexico State University honors students to examine the relationship between food and culture in the Southwest by visiting Native American, Latino and Anglo communities in Arizona and New Mexico.
NMSU's Southwest Border Cultures Institute Hosts Hopi Artist Workshops 
Hopi Artist Gwen Setalla gently examines a piece of prehistoric Mimbres pottery.
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Living in Sacred Continuum
Exhibit on View
NMSU American Indian Center
Hopi Artist Workshop Participants, Spring 2019
(L-R) Fumi Arakawa, Anna Strankman, Gerald Lomaventema, Spencer Nutima,
Ed Kabotie, Gwen Setalla, Ramson Lomatewama, Ito Atsunori

Dr. Lois Stanford Receives 2019 Westhafer Award for Excellence in Teaching
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Anthropology Graduate Research News

Rock Art of the Trans-Pecos -  Locke McIvor

Locke is the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Graduate Summer Research Assistantship and is an archaeologist studying the rock art of the Trans-Pecos for her MA thesis. She writes:

"During the first part of the summer I have gone to several sites around the Big Bend to look at its impressive rock art. I have also been doing lots of research in the Center for Big Bend Studies (CBBS) library. I used the Texas Historical Register database to locate the exact coordinates of the sites on the map. I plan to make a 3-D model using a Structure for Motion (SfM) program of my thesis site. With the help from CBBS we developed a grid system that would be best for the rock art site that I am using for my thesis project. We went out for the day and planned the grid and where we would but the GPS coordinate points at a later time. I also took over 300 photos that will be used to make the 3-D model later this fall. After finishing here, we went across the draw from my thesis site to the largest rockshelter in Texas, Bee Cave Shelter.

Bee Cave Shelter is several miles long and includes a large spring fed water source at one end of the shelter. Several images from the shelter are pictured below, the right picture is where I applied the D-stretch app filter. The shelter also includes many rock art panels throughout. Unfortunately, there was a large beehive in the middle of the shelter so we could only visit one half of the shelter. I photographed and used an app called D-stretch that is used to enhance rock art colors on the field. I plan to go back at a later time to see more of the shelter and visit the spring, where there is supposed to be a large rock art panel of anthropomorphs.

For the second half of the semester I plan to finally visits the site in Pecos county as well as several others. I have talked with two other landowners about visiting sites on their property in the Davis Mountains area of the Big Bend. I have also been in contact with the Nature Conservatory and have discussed going out with them to visit several sites in the area as well."

Food Systems in the Borderlands - Jesse Van Maanen

Jesse is the recipient of  the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Graduate Summer Research Assistantship,  studying food systems in the Borderlands. She writes:

"This summer I have spent time refining my thesis proposal and proposed interview questions for my thesis, Becoming a Cook in a Borderland Kitchen: Narratives and Perspectives of Latinx Youth in La Semilla’s Raíces Program. I have worked to clarify and specify the specific interview questions and instructions for participants on the photovoice portion of their participation. In addition to my own thesis work, I had the opportunity to record, transcribe and translate a storytelling panel for participants of La Semilla's La Cosecha program. The panel consisted of women who told stories of memorable/notable moments in the garden. This recording and transcription will be the first accession to the new La Semilla oral history archive. I have also had time this summer to begin preparations for the 2020 SfAAs in Albuquerque.

This summer research position has been a tremendous help in supporting me in my work and keeping up momentum as we move into the fall semester. I cannot thank you enough for this opportunity."

Kailey Martinez analyzes animal bone from South Diamond Creek Pueblo and Twin Pines Pueblo, Gila National Forest.

Merry Meleagridae
(Happy Turkey Day) to all!

Anth 315 Introduction to Archaeology

Anth 467/516 Archaeology of the American Southwest

Undergraduate and Graduate students headed to the National Park Service Salinas Pueblo Missions - Quarai, Abo (left), and Las Humanas/Gran Quivira - on October 5, 2019, with Professors Kelly Jenks and Bill Walker. They learned about the challenges of the Spanish invasion for Native Peoples in the Southwest. Thanks to our colleagues in the National Park Service for sharing their expertise and hospitality!
Ashley Stabenow at Pueblo Colorado 2019
Ashley is studying a ditch feature at the site with the help of Kelly Jenks and fellow students for her MA thesis.
Dr. Wenda Trevathan, Regent's Professor Emerita, has been elected as a 2019 Fellow to the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.

She was honored for "substantive and innovative research and methodological contributions on the evolutionary and biocultural factors underlying human reproduction including childbirth, maternal behavior, sexuality and menopause." 

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Look for NMSU Anthropology at the Society for Applied Anthropology!
Dr. Lois Stanford, Program Chair

Fall 2019 Conference Calendar

Worked Bone Research Group, International Council for Archaeozoology, Oct. 7-12, 2019, University of Montreal, Canada.

21st Bienniel Joranada Mogollon Conference, October 11-12, 2019, El Paso Museum of Archaeology, El Paso, TX.

Southwestern Biological Anthropology Association, November 2-3, 2019, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

American Anthropological Association annual meeting, November 20-24, 2019, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

University Museum

Exhibits On View:

El Santo Niño de Atocha
Opens December 4, 2019
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Pottery of the Southwest
Re-opens December 2019

"Living in Sacred Continuum" - American Indian Student Center
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The University Museum hosted a field trip by 25 high school students from Deming on November 21st. ALL students really enjoyed learning about archaeology and museum studies! Thank you for our dedicated and reliable volunteers, including Mariah Ballard, Lindsey Cron, Rain Gass, Kailey Martinez, Kalib Sorensen, and Katie Lefever (NMSU Anthropology alumna!)
Day of the Dead in Mesilla, NM.
Chaos, photo by Tom Conelly, professor emeritus
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