Upcoming Events

September 5, 2017

The Early Pueblo Occupation of the Dinetah Region
OAS Brown Bag talk by Dr. Eric Blinman (OAS' Director) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

September 17, 2017

Comanche Gap tour
September 17, 2017
Cost of trip: $60 for FOA members, $75 for non-FOA members

September 19, 2017

Cooking Jar Technology in the Ancient Southwest
OAS Brown Bag talk by Dr. Eric Blinman (OAS' Director) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

October 6, 2017

Into the Dinetah Labyrinth: Exploring Pueblo I and Navajo Archaeology
Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8, 2017
Cost of trip: $255 for FOA members, $290 for non-FOA members

October 21, 2017

International Archaeology Day at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10 am to 4 pm, free!

Traditional Hopi kachina carving presentation

August 17, 2017


Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 10am until 4pm, free!

On Thursday, August 17th, Hopi kachina carvers from the Third Mesa village of Hotevilla will be giving a day-long demonstration at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology highlighting their traditional methods of carving. The carvers will give presentations on the types of materials they use, the manner in which they collect their materials, how they work, and the symbolism and meaning behind their carvings. The presentation is free, however, seating is limited.

This is a full-day’s event dedicated entirely to kachina carving and guests are encouraged to watch and ask questions as these skilled artists create their one-of-a-kind art pieces. Each of the artists will be working from raw, unfinished cottonwood root at the beginning of the process and at the end of the day they will have completed pieces, entirely painted and decorated. This is a rare opportunity to see kachina carvers at work and for visitors to see the entire creative process unfold.

The carvers that are participating are Raynard Lalo (Spider Clan), Darance Chimerica (Fire Clan), and Eric Kayquaptewa (Spider Clan).

Raynard Lalo and Eric Kayquaptewa have both won numerous awards at prestigious art shows across the country for their traditional kachina carvings and are featured artists in the August 2017 issue of Native American Art magazine, the official magazine of the 2017 SWAIA Indian Market. Darance Chimerica is an award-winning traditional kachina carver and has traveled internationally to act as a representative of the Hopi Tribe to review museum collections and as a consultant for the proper care of their kachina carvings.

Please check back on this website for updates.

The Center for New Mexico Archaeology (7 Old Cochiti Road) is located off of Caja del Rio Road, across from Challenge New Mexico on the way to the Santa Fe Municipal Golf Course. Take 599 to South Meadows Road, continue through the traffic circle west along the Frontage Road to Caja del Rio Road. CNMA is on the left-hand side of the road and is the large building with white sail-like skylights on the roof.