August 2015
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Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project
It’s hard to believe that summer is almost halfway through! It’s been an excellent season for Mesa Prieta Petrolgyphs – a successful summer fundraising concert, more tours than ever on the Wells Petroglyph Preserve and new increased support from all our stakeholders.
August 2015
What an evening that was! 
Over 300 people made their way to the Scottish Rite Temple on Saturday, July 25 for ‘Homage to Chavela’ – our summer fundraising concert. We received nothing but amazing feedback from the people who attended – a great many of whom were previously unaware of MPPP and the work we do.
Our silent auction – stuffed with artwork, jewelry and gift certificates – spread out in the Temple’s Great Hall and became a vibrant hub of excited bidders who imbibed sangria and Santa Fe Brewing Company beer and noshed on nibbles from Whole Foods. The proceeds exceeded our wildest expectations, and over 40 people took home lovely items.
The highlight of the evening was the concert itself. As the lights came up on the Temple’s beautiful stage, Nacha Mendez, Jesus Gachupin, Carla Kountoupes and Chase Morrison brought to life the songs of Chavela Vargas – Latin songstress and pop culture icon. The crowd was ecstatic!
Most of all, MPPP made friends with a whole new group of Santa Feans – welcome! and reconnected with other supporters. Thanks go out to our Board, staff, volunteers and sponsors who worked hard to make ‘Homage to Chavela’ a HUGE success! Photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page.
Docent Training
Have good knees and want to help out? Find out what being a docent entails at our annual docent training on Sunday, October 25. If you are intrigued by petroglyphs, love being out in the natural world, enjoy meeting people and have a knack for information sharing, being a docent is something you may enjoy.  Training day is your chance to learn more about joining our team of enthusiastic docents on the Wells Petroglyph Preserve. Plus, the BEST tamales in New Mexico will be served for lunch!
Our Latest Sponsor - Tune-Up Café!
If you haven’t already been to Tune-Up Café, now’s the time! The festive, graffiti-decorated building has a fabulous covered patio strung with fairy lights – just the thing for these sultry summer evenings – and the food is amazing, especially their homemade pastries and cakes. Our favorite is the German Chocolate Cake! Tune-Up is the brainchild of Jesús and Charlotte Rivera, both veterans of the Santa Fe restaurant scene. Jesús is from El Salvador, and many of the items on the menu reflect his heritage. Tune-Up is a real hit with the locals and on the weekend the brunch crowd queues up for a seat and a copy of the Sunday New York Times. Tune-Up became a Business Circle sponsor of MPPP several months ago. If you find yourself hungry in Santa Fe Tune-Up is recommended by our staff!
!Fiber Rocks
We’ve been giving tours of the Wells Petroglyph Preserve to fiber artists from EVFAC so they can commune with the petrolgyphs. One of the artists, JiwanShakti Kaur, who, after she toured the Preserve, said “"I was SO MOVED for the whole day...I hadn’t realized the power of it all until it stayed with me through the day". From November 17 you can see the results of our MPPP/EVFAC collaboration at the Convento Gallery inside the Northern New Mexico Art Center. Fiber Rocks! will run at Convento until January 3 when the exhibition tours around Northern New Mexico. 
Here's Carl Calvert!
Carl Calvert started volunteering with the MPPP in March of 2014.  Since the beginning he has served as a docent on the public tours, the school tours and private tours. A member of the Taos Archaeology Society, Carl heard that we were looking for additional docents. In 2013 Carl significantly reduced his professional work so that he would have an opportunity to fish, explore, hike and travel and he wanted to volunteer for an outside activity. MPPP was just what he was looking for.  Carl says that serving as a docent allows him tremendous flexibility for his schedule and is an absolute joy.
Carl and his wife, Becky, live south of Ranchos de Taos off Stakeout Drive. They first built there in 2004 and expanded their place in 2008 so that it would became their primary, and now only, residence. Both Carl and Becky's families have roots in New Mexico that go back to the early 1900s. Carl’s family hails from New Mexico in the 1920s to the 1970s. His family started a ranch in the Pilar area and in the 1970s they moved down to Rinconada. Carl and Becky had been eager to move to Taos for many years.
When they first built, Carl had an active practice as a construction lawyer and arbitrator in Albuquerque. His firm had been in business since 1977. Prior to that Carl taught Philosophy at several colleges and universities. He switched careers in part to be able to return to New Mexico where he was raised. Serving as a docent gives him an opportunity to teach again while not practicing law.
Carl has, and still, enjoys serving as a docent.  He says he has always loved New Mexico and its history and prehistory.  Mesa Prieta provides a basis to explore the worldview of all of the people who have occupied New Mexico.
Attendees at another of our exhilarating Pláticas Presentations packed the conference room at Los Luceros to hear the charismatic Scott Aby as he unfolded the story of fossils and geology on Mesa Prieta for us.

On August 25 Pláticas will present well-known author, and Dixonite, Stanley Crawford, who will lecture on Historic Acequias – a topic of great importance in the history of New Mexico. Stanley will also discuss his long experience as a parciante, comisionado, and mayordomo with Embudo Valley acequias, and other "relocalization" projects he has been involved with. Many of you will know him for his book, A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm, as well as his work – since the 1980s – abetting the growth of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market and the development of its permanent home at the Railyard.
Our Curriculum
Last month we told you about our new Education Coordinator Esta Gutierrez and our plan to expand the reach of our school curriculum, Discovering Mesa Prieta: The Petroglyphs of Northern New Mexico and the People Who Made Them. Esta presented a powerpoint of the salient details at the Indian Education Meeting at the New Mexico History Museum last week. For you teachers out there, Esta will be at the Teachers’ Fair at the Santa Fe Community Foundation at 5:00pm on September 17, where she’ll present a Powerpoint about the curriculum. You’ll also be able to rummage through one of the resource trunks we loan to teachers who use our curriculum. 
Volunteer Opportunities 
Haven’t got the best knees, but still want to help out?  We are looking for a (local to Velarde) volunteer to help us set up and tear down at Historic Los Luceros for our Pláticas Presentations once a month. We also need volunteers to help set up and decorate for our annual Fluteplayer Tour (October 17 and 18). Interested people should contact Janet at the office.

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project

Since 1999 MPPP has preserved over 45,000 petroglyphs though recording, education of the local community and mentoring of youth.

Please visit the website to read more about the activities and people of MPPP and learn how you can help by volunteering, donating, and letting others know about this amazing cultural heritage site. 
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Our mailing address is:
PO Box 407
Velarde, New Mexico, 87582
505 852 1351