March Meeting

Chupadero Black-on-white: Communities of Practice and Identity at the Hiner Ruin

By Leon Natker, 7:30 PM, Tuesday April 18, 2017
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
2000 Mountain Road NW.

We’ve all survived the March winds, and though the April showers
haven’t appeared in force, it’s still a good time to join the
Albuquerque Archaeological Society for our April Meeting! Our meetings
are always open to the public and FREE! come on by and spend some time
with us this month!

The transmission of knowledge and how it structures a society can
expand our understanding of pre-historic cultures. The long term
production and extensive exchange of Chupadero Black-on-white presents
a unique opportunity for exploring the societal structure of the
people responsible for the manufacture of this type of pottery. New
variations of this type have been found at the Hiner Ruin site in
central New Mexico, and could possibly suggest socially divergent
communities within the larger cultural landscape. New data from the
unusual pottery found at Hiner may also demonstrate a different
element of social identity. This talk will explore Hiner Ruin and the
implications of its unique variations of Chupadero Black-on-white.

Leon Natker is currently a graduate student at Eastern New Mexico
University and works in collections management at the Blackwater Draw
Museum in Portales, NM. Previously he had worked at the Maxwell Museum
of Anthropology, co-curating an exhibition of Chinese ceramics and as
a research assistant at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. He has
participated in Historic preservation projects at Montezuma Castle in
Arizona, Bandelier National Monument and the Coronado State Monument
in New Mexico. Leon has excavated in the Chama Valley, Gila Cliffs,
and at Chaco Canyon. In addition, Leon has worked in China at the
Yangguanzhai Neolithic village in Shaanxi province.

The Albuquerque Archaeological Society is an avocational group that
advocates preserving archaeological and other cultural resources by
informing members and the public about archaeological and ethnological
subjects through our meetings, presentations, newsletter, other
electronic media, field trips, volunteer efforts, field surveys, and

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