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On Sunday, December 4th, MPPP will be holding an important fundraising event, Rock Stars of the Mesa, a silent auction benefiting the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, at Hotel Santa Fe in Santa Fe from 3:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon. There will be enticing gifts, yummy food, and music by Fletcher and John.

In addition to helping the project, you'll be able to take care of your holiday shopping at what we think will be a fun and lively event. If you'd like to donate an item to the auction you can contact Jennifer at the MPPP office: 505-852-1351. We're especially interested in gift certificates from restaurants and other service-type items.

We'd like to extend a special invitation to our newsletter readers.  Please plan to come, and spread the word to your friends and family.  It will take all of us to make this a successful event. 
See our Ad in this week's Pasatiempo.
A Sample of Items up for Auction
"An Ode to Innocence"
Mixed media scupture by Katherine Wells, founder of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project.
5 Nights in Pagosa Springs
Spend 5 nights in Pagosa Springs, Colorado! 900 square foot, one bedroom condo with views of the mountains and golf course sleeps up to 6 people.
"Abrir" in red
3'11" x 5' flatweave tapestry from Martinez Studio.

Tuscany Truffle Hunt
A 7-night stay for up to four people in Cortona, Italy.  Enjoy your own storybook trip "under the Tuscan sun" as you begin each day with a chef-cooked breakfast, and spend a day on a guided truffle hunt with lunch and tastings! Airfare not included.
Gift Certificate to Cafe Pasqual's
Includes a copy of Katherine Kagel's best selling book, Cooking with Cafe Pasqual's.
Under the Canyon Skies
Sterling Silver necklace by Margaret K Berrier
To see more auction items, visit our Rock Stars of the Mesa page.

Kids on the Mesa
In November we had several school groups from the local area visiting Mesa Prieta led by our docents and teachers using our curriculum, Discovering Mesa Prieta, in their classrooms. These 4th-7th grade students practiced vocabulary they've learned in class, words like "basalt" and "patination," drew images they encountered and hiked the mesa's trails. For many it was their first encounter with the natural world. A large percentage of the kids found a connection to their ancestral Native American and Hispano cultures. This award-winning, STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math) program provides much needed enrichment to hundreds of underserved children every year.
Los Alamos on the Mesa
Some important visitors came to the Wells Petroglyph Preserve last month to study not the petroglyphs, but the basalt boulders. Three Los Alamos scientists including Dr. Nina Lanza, a geologist whose card says "Intelligence and Space Research." Her present project is studying Martian rocks which may be similar to those on the mesa. She's interested in whether the Martian boulders have colonies of microorganisms on them like those on the mesa. Board member Norman Doggett, also a LANL scientist arranged the visit.
Flute Player Tour
In October MPPP held its 8th Annual Flute Player Tour fundraiser. Twenty-five guests arrived at the home of Katherine Wells at 9:30 in the morning, received their flute player passports, and were led on a journey to see up to 25 images of these delightful creatures on the Wells Petroglyph Preserve.
Taos Pueblo flute player Patrick Mirabal provided beguiling refrains along the trails and during a sumptuous lunch paired with fine wines from Vivac Winery on the Wells home portal. Guests and volunteers alike made generous bids on silent auction items like exquisite petroglyph jewelry created by MPPP board member Alec Kercsó.
Special thanks to former board member Paula Breaux whose decoration of the Wells home portal and adjacent areas was a masterpiece.
Petroglyph of the Month
For unknown reasons Mesa Prieta is blessed with myriad images of humans with backpacks or humped backs playing flutes. These can be found throughout the Southwest and even in other parts of the world in petroglyph form. But Mesa Prieta is doubly blessed to have 18 or 19 (at last count) images of animals playing flutes. More may be discovered as our recorders work toward our goal of recording the entire landform. Several animals are represented including this one that appears to be an armadillo. The reptile is not native here. Did some traveller haul one up from Texas? We'll never know. In future months we'll share more animal musicians with you.
The Mesa goes to Hollywood
Several months ago we received a matching grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to make a short video about MPPP that we can use for outreach, education and fundraising. It will feature our recording program, education programs, and preservation efforts. We have engaged Convivial Designs from Abiquiu to produce the initial phases of the piece. Videography is being done by Reel Indian of Albuquerque.

Footage of our Discovering Mesa Prieta curriculum was shot last spring using students from La Tierra Montessori School. Scenes were done of the students in their classroom and on the mesa. In October students who participated in last year's Summer Youth Intern Program volunteered to come and do a mock up of that program for the camera.

Board member Matthew Martinez from Ohkay Owingeh who teaches Native American Studies at Northern New Mexico College narrates the film, presenting our work. We hope to complete the film by year's end or early in the new year.  
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