Join the Los Alamos Creative District and staff from Bandelier National Monument at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5 during Nature On Tap at UnQuarked Wine Room to learn about the importance of turkeys to Ancestral Puebloans based on archeological and ethnographic information. Attendees will also learn about the rock art of Frijoles Canyon.
These topics are particularly relevant today because 2018 is the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. Bandelier National Monument and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center partnered to celebrate the Year of the Bird. They chose a different bird of the month for each month, and November is the Wild Turkey. The animal is important to the region because of its significance to the Ancestral Puebloans at Bandelier.
The On Tap speakers for this month are Myron Gonzales, a Native American artist from the Pueblo of San Ildefonso who has been working as a Preservationist at Bandelier for many years, and Jamie Civitello, an archeologist currently working at Bandelier. They will discuss both the cultural aspects of turkeys in Pueblo life-ways and will also summarize the ancient use and husbandry of turkeys, as revealed in the archeological record.
On Tap is a series of discussions hosted at UnQuarked in downtown Los Alamos. Each month features one On Tap with a rotating theme. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center partners with the Creative District to host Nature On Tap. The Los Alamos Historical Society and Fuller Lodge Art Center host History and Art On Tap, respectively. The Bradbury Science Museum hosts Science On Tap every month.
Registration for this event is not required. Admission is free.