Learn about art in the Rio Grande Valley

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By Kirsten Laskey

Like any art found throughout the world, Pueblo art covers a huge spectrum of forms. It is found in Kachina dolls, rock art, murals on kiva walls and pottery. And similar to New York City or Florence, Italy, a meca for Pueblo art is found right here in the Rio Grande Valley.

Author and Research Associate of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology of the Museum of New Mexico Polly Schaafsma will provide an oral tour of this art hot spot at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library. Her presentation, “Pueblo Art in the Rio Grande Valley,” will cover a time period from approximately 1370 to about 1600.

She will focus on rock art, kiva wall murals and a little bit on pottery.

Schaafsma said she is addressing this particular region, because “the Rio Grande Valley, in my opinion, is where this whole thing was highly developed.”

However, it is not well known, she added.

Perhaps that is because the Pueblos in the area are not as accessible to the public as their counter parts; for example, Schaafsma said the ceremonials in the Zuni and Hopi tribes are open to the public while the Pueblos in the Rio Grande Valley are not as visible.

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