An Overview of Mimbres Archaeology-
Beautiful Pottery, Ordinary Architecture, and Scarlet Macaws in Southwestern New Mexico
In this talk, Patricia Gilman will discuss a Native American culture of 1000 years ago and their famous pottery paintings of people and animals. The people who lived in the Mimbres region of southwestern New Mexico painted their ceramic bowls with black designs on a white background, and those designs included realistic scenes of people, animals, and sometimes combinations of the two. Dr. Gilman will consider what these scenes might mean, drawing on the Hero Twins origin saga common in Mesoamerica, and she will touch upon the role of scarlet macaws, from the rain forests of Mexico, in Mimbres ritual and religion.