Upcoming Events

June 18, 2019

Mesa Verde National Park—Cliff Palace: Preliminary Assessment and Potential Stabilization Methods
OAS Brown Bag talk by James A. Mason, Ph.D., P.E. (National Park Service) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

June 20, 2019

Ancestral Abiquiu Pueblo (Strenuous hike)
Thursday, June 20, 2019
$90 for FOA members and $100 for non-members


June 27, 2019

Complex Ties between Past and Present: Ancestral Abiquiu Pueblo
OAS Brown Bag talk by Danny Sosa-Aguilar, Excavation Director (Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Berkeley) at the CNMA, 12:00 noon, free!

The Symbolism and Significance of Hopi Weddings

August 16, 2018


Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 10 am until 4 pm, free!

The Lalo family will visit the Center for New Mexico Archaeology on Thursday, August 16th from 10 am until 4 pm to display their artwork and give a talk on traditional weddings in Hopi culture. Raynard and Gene Lalo will give a demonstration of their carving materials and techniques in the morning and at noon the Lalos will make an hour-long presentation on the importance of a traditional Hopi wedding in Hopi culture, a commitment which ensures peace in the afterlife and which also serves to strengthen the clan and family bonds of the village. The Lalos will have a small display of some of the garments worn during a Hopi wedding and will be available to answer questions afterwards.

The Lalo family live in the traditional village of Hotevilla on Third Mesa in Arizona and are a family of accomplished carvers, clothing weavers, and basket weavers and are immersed in Hopi culture. The Lalos have earned awards throughout the country for their artwork. Raynard and Gene Lalo have won awards for their traditional kachina carvings, Valjean Lalo has earned awards for his woven textiles, Dorleen Gashweseoma has received numerous awards for her basket weaving, and, most recently, Annie Lalo has won awards for her woven yucca sifter baskets.

Parking and admission are free.

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.

Hopi bride in wedding dress