Mary Weahkee

Mary Weahkee
Assistant Archaeologist
505-476-4425
mary.weahkee@state.nm.us
Mary Weahkee

I come to archaeology with a keen interest in the field and a varied range of life experiences. As a member of Santa Clara Pueblo and the Comanche Nation, I have both Southwestern and Plains tribal affiliations. At Santa Clara Pueblo I lived with my grandparents until the age of six, when, like many Pueblo families from my village, my family decided to seek new opportunities in the city. Growing up in Santa Fe Springs, California, I got a good education and went on to Cal State University, Fullerton, where I was awarded an athletic scholarship to play volleyball. I was also fortunate enough to play two years on the United States national team. In 1983 I moved back home to New Mexico, taught physical education classes, and coached at Santa Fe Indian School, Pojoaque High School, and Santa Fe Prep.

My interest in archaeology began in 1992 when working with Nambe Pueblo Tours as a tour guide during the summers. I discovered that I had a natural curiosity about where my people came from. In March 2006 Steve Lentz hired me to help excavate the Civic Center in Santa Fe. Since then it has been just a pleasure working and learning archaeology with OAS's knowledgable staff. I've also enjoyed giving yucca-fiber production demonstrations with Eric Blinman and Chuck Hannaford as part of the OAS education outreach program, and working with Steve Post as an assistant guide during the Chiles & Sherds event. Recently I had the opportunity to go out on mine surveys with Yvonne Oakes and Dorthy Zamora in Raton. I am grateful for all the experiences I have had and new friends I have made here at OAS.