Events & Exhibitions

Events & Exhibitions



Tom Lea & H.P. Mera at the Laboratory of Anthropology

Documenting Pueblo Designs in the 1930s

1:00 pm through 2:00 pm

This Free First Sunday program is offered in collaboration with the Tom Lea Institute (El Paso, TX) during its annual Tom Lea Month.

Lea spent almost three years in Santa Fe, and the surrounding area, in the early 1930s. One of his posts as a New Deal Works Progress Administration (WPA) artist was at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Laboratory of Anthropology, where he painted several hundred designs from half of the current extant Pueblos’ pottery collected through the Indian Arts Fund. H.P. Mera complemented the illustrations with short descriptions of the 10 Pueblos, with a significant focus on Zuni’s "Rainbird Design" and its influence in nearby Pueblos.

Speakers include Kathy Flynn of the New Deal Preservation Association and Dody Fugate, retired assistant curator at MIAC.



Center for New Mexico Archaeology’s Annual Open House

Hands-on Family Activities, Demonstrations, and Tours

10:00 am through 4:00 pm

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture’s Archaeological Research Collection Staff and the Office of Archaeological Studies invites you to their annual open house for International Archaeology Day. Many of the day’s activities will be thematically in line with CNMA’s new exhibit “Points Through Time,” which focuses on projectile points in New Mexico. Tours of the facility, hands on activities, and live demonstrations will occur between 10am and 4pm.

This program is FREE.

CNMA is located at 7 Old Cochiti Road, which is located off of Caja Del Rio Road off the 599 bypass on the southwestern side of Santa Fe.


"Into the Future" Moves into the Past!

Last Day to View Contemporary Art exhibition

10:00 am through 5:00 pm

For more information on Into the Future, please visit the highly detailed exhibition page HERE



1Earth Institute Cross-Cultural Open Dialogue Circle

with Mamo Calixto Suarez Villafane and Glenn Aparicio Parry, PhD

This program, which takes place on October 26, 28, and 29th is offered by the 1Earth Institute.

For full details, CLICK HERE, where you will find a detailed description and registration information.


Annual MIAC Native American Veterans Day Celebration

Includes Ceremony and Screening of "Defending the Fire"

11:00 am through 4:00 pm

Join us for our annual program celebrating the sacrifices and valor of our Native American Veterans.

Program begins at 11am and includes:

  • Invocation with Arnold Herrera (Cochiti Pueblo)

  • National Anthem

  • Reading of Veterans Day Proclamation

At 2pm, we screen "Defending the Fire," a recent release by Silver Bullet Productions which garnered Best Picture in 2017’s SWAIA’s Class X, followed by a discussion with producer Pam Pierce.

From Silver Bullet’s Website: Since the beginning of time, Native American Warriors have navigated a unique cultural and spiritual path, relying on the tenets of the Warrior in ancient and modern warfare. The lessons of the Warrior are universal; the spirit of the Warrior survives, even in the face of conflict.

With a focus on the spiritual and historic journey of Native American Warriors, Silver Bullet Productions will present the story of the Warrior, the importance of cultures in modern quests, and the lessons of War through the lens of these cultures. The characters will be elders and historians from New Mexican tribes and Native veterans of World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam and Afghanistan/Iraq conflicts. Grounded in research and guided by voices of men and women in our armed forces, the documentary will reveal the distinct motive, preparation, conflict, and healing of tribal soldiers.



Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture will exhibit over 100 objects dating from the late 1880s to the present. Cultural objects will represent the lifeways of the different Apachean groups in New Mexico and Arizona. These cultural objects include basketry, beaded clothing, parfleche, hunting and horse gear.

These groups are: Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, Fort Sill Apache (Chiricahua), San Carlos Apache and White Mountain Apache.