In 1915 an "Indian artifact hunter" made an unusual discovery -- a 135 lb. meteorite buried in a room of an ancient ruin east of Camp Verde. The meteorite eventually made its way into the collection of the Arizona State University's Center for Meteorite Studies. The Center will have this meteorite on loan for a six-month exhibit starting on March 1, 2015. An exhibit guide will be available and the Center will present monthly talks on the meteorite and others found at other ancient Native American locations. Watch the Calendar of Events for the dates and times of these monthly talks.
Instructor Louie Garcia, Tiwa/Piro Pueblo
This two-day workshop explores ancient Pueblo cotton fiber preparation and spinning techniques from the ancestral period to the present with expert Pueblo fiber artist Louie Garcia. Louie will share textiles from his own collection to examine the spinning techniques used in the Pueblo weaving tradition. Learn the difference between "Z" and "S," worsted and woolen fiber preparation and spinning as well as how to tell the difference between Pueblo, Hopi, Navajo spindles or malacates. Students will also learn how to set the spin of their newly spun yarn. Participants will spin their own yarn on two types of Puebloan hand spindles using both commercial and hand carded cotton fiber Cotton fiber will be provided. Tools and spindles will be available to use during class with the option to purchase. If you have an interest in ancient Puebloan fiber preparation and spinning techniques, then this is the workshop for you!
CLASS LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS
BIO: Louie García is a Tiwa/Piro Pueblo weaver whose family originates from southern New Mexico in the Las Cruces/El Pas o areas. He is primarily a self-taught weaver as many other Pueblo weavers before him. Louie learned the basic concepts of Pueblo weaving from his grandfather. From a young age, García learned the importance of maintaining Pueblo tradition and cultural values. These teachings have inspired him to offer these workshops in the hopes of cultivating an appreciation for Pueblo textiles in the general public as well as revitalizing the art of Pueblo weaving within Pueblo communities and encouraging a new generation of Pueblo weavers.
In conjunction with the Return of the Camp Verde Meteorite exhibit, Executive Director Ken Zoll, will present a talk on the uses of meteorites among ancient Native American cultures. This talk will also provide additional details about the Camp Verde meteorite and other meteorites found at ancient ruins in the Verde Valley.
The talk is free. Space is limited to the 26 available seats filled on a first-come basis.
The Camp Verde Meteorite exhibit will close on August 30.