The Jornada Research Institute: Ceremonial Depictions of Bighorn Sheep Anthropomorphs

On Sunday, February 16th, JRI’s Research Associate Margaret Berrier will present at Casa de Suenos restaurant on some of her most recent research. Her presentation will be on Ceremonial Depictions of Bighorn Sheep Anthropomorphs.

The Jornada Research Institute has arranged to occupy the south room of the restaurant, beginning at 5:30 pm for dinner for those who wish to have a meal before Margaret’s presentation.
Announce yourself to the receptionist at the restaurant as attending the
JRI presentation.

We anticipate her presentation beginning at 6:30, after most have finished their meal, and we should conclude before 8:00 pm.

Seating is limited ca. 40 although we may be able to make room for a few
more. Dinner is not required but we appreciate your patronage of Casa de
Suenos for making this space available to us. Drinks are also available.

From the Speaker:

The Jornada Mogollon region is known for its rich body of rock art. Researchers have suggested that elements such as cloud terraces, masks, goggle-eyed figures, and horned serpents are associated with ceremony. Some researchers suggest that Mesoamerica heavily influenced the Jornada Mogollon people. Although hundreds of bighorn sheep images exist in the regional rock art these figures aren’t usually mentioned except in a general inventory of frequently found motifs. Nonetheless, there are some unusual anthropomorphs with bighorn sheep headdresses that suggest a possible ceremonial use. These images appear mostly in the eastern Jornada Mogollon as delineated by Lehmer (1948). Other highly stylized bighorn sheep images as well as artifacts and a few examples of bighorn sheep on Mimbres pottery also contribute to the evidence that bighorn sheep had ceremonial use. But where is the connection between the bighorn and Mesoamerica?

There are many cultures in the West and Southwest, including imagery in the Coso Range of California, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and parts of Utah, which include bighorn sheep imagery with similar attributes. Although this presentation will concentrate on the Jornada Mogollon region of southern New Mexico, West Texas, and northern Mexico, some comparisons will be made with these other areas. This theme may, indeed, be pan-Indian and the Jornada Mogollon not as heavily influenced by Mesoamerica as researchers have suggested.

The Lincoln Forest Circuit: A Guide to Authentic Lodging Experiences

Have you started to plan an unforgettable Valentine’s Day with the love of your life?

“Unforgettable” is not in the amount of money you spend, but in the thought and details behind your actions, do you agree?

As I was trying to figure out what would be the best way for you to experience The Lincoln Forest Circuit NM with the love of your life, I had to just remember how much details really mean in a committed relationship.

I am so excited for you to see all the amazing, and very authentic lodging experiences in this map, that will definitely make your trip a loving memory for you and your ❤️❤️

This is the map, but expect to see some upcoming posts in which I will be sharing how these very awesome, authentic, and unique lodging experiences will be able to make your Valentines Day a treasured experience for years to come.

I include in this map where to stay in: Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, Alamogordo, Tularosa, Mayhill, Lincoln, Tinnie, Carrizozo and at the same time make wonderful and loving memories. I include lodging accommodations that are unique, quirky, exuberant, and that are able to offer many different ways in which to explore and experience the Spirit of the Southwest.

A Day Trip for History Lovers!

Whether you are coming from Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Roswell, or Artesia and visiting the Lincoln Forest Circuit this will only be a 1:22 minute drive (according to Google).

If you are into history, short on time and trying to get the best into one day trip; this will be it.

What to do at each site will depend on your personal tastes. There is camping, hiking, and other activities I have not gone into detail here because it is supposed to be a short trip.
I will be posting more themed day trips sure to inspire you and make you want to come and visit…again, again and again.

The Art Trail

When you visit the Lincoln Forest Circuit and everything-art is your favorite part of a trip, knowing where to spend your time needs some planning. On this map I have included galleries, artist studios, and places where you will have access to our best local artists.

Sightseeing at the Lincoln Forest Circuit

The Tularosa Basin

The Tularosa Basin is located primarily in Otero County. It covers about 6,500 sq. miles and is 35% larger than the state of Connecticut. It’s nestled between the beautiful Sacramento Mountains to the east, and the San Andres and Oscura Mountains to the west, where the views of the Basin are absolutely stunning.

The basin is geologically considered part of the Rio Grande Rift zone, which widens due to the slight clockwise rotation of the Colorado Plateautectonic plates.

When the Spanish arrived in the Tularosa Basin, they found springs and small streams coming from the Sacramento Mountains that fed a relatively lush grassland on the eastern side of the basin. While some sheep ranching and mining was tried by the Spanish, the area remained firmly under Apache control until the 1850s.

Under US military protection, the first permanent settlement was established in 1862, when about 50 Hispanic farmers from the Rio Grande Valley moved to what is now Tularosa.

How can you enjoy the most notable features of the basin?

  1. Tularosa Basin Museum of History
    1. This is the very first stop for anyone curious to know more and understand the history of the land, the people, and their lives in the Basin.
  2. Tularosa Creek flows westward into the Tularosa Basin just north of the village of Tularosa.
  3. Carrizozo Malpais lava flow
    1. Get to know this ancient lava flow. Upon closer inspection, you’ll find yourself amazed at the variety of life (both flora and fauna) that inhabit and thrive in this seemingly inhospitable environment.
  4. Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
    1. Get to know the thoughts, ideas, and messages ancient Native Americans carved on these volcanic rocks.
  5. White Sands National Monument
    1. Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders – the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand engulf 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dune field. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dune field, along with the plants and animals that live there.
  6. Original Acequia system in the Village of Tularosa.
    1. The Acequia System in Tularosa remains in its original state and is one of the most attractive features of the village. It’s also what ultimately turned this piece of land into an oasis for local farmers and wildlife alike.
    2. The Original Townsite District is comprised of the original 48 blocks with which Tularosa was established. The
      architecture of historic houses stays true to local techniques particular to the area within these 48 blocks with the acequia system lining its streets.
  7. Toy Train Depot
    1. Acquaint yourself with the history of local railroads, and how they shaped the early local communities.
  8. La Luz Pottery Factory
    1. The Pottery Factory is of national significance, important to Rhode Island as well as New Mexico. And it is of particular significance to all the Friends of Bill Wilson because of its association with the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous.
  9. Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
    1. Oliver Lee Memorial State Park consists of two separate parcels of land. Both parcels are historically significant. The Dog Canyon tract was used by Apache warriors as a defensive position and a base of operations during their numerous battles and wars with Euro-American explorers and settlers. Oliver Lee’s homestead near the mouth of Dog Canyon was built in 1893. Lee was an influential and controversial citizen of New Mexico’s settlement.
  10. Disappearance of Albert J Fountain and his son Henry.
    1. Albert Jennings Fountain was a Civil War veteran, New Mexico legislator and prominent lawyer. Colonel Fountain and his young son were presumed murdered near this spot while traveling between Lincoln and Las Cruces on February 1, 1896. Their bodies have never been found. Oliver Lee and James Gilliland were tried for their murder in 1898. Both were acquitted. 
  11. Holloman Air Force Base
    1. Planned for the British Overseas Training program which they did not pursue, construction for the USAAF base 6 mi west of Alamogordo, New Mexico, began on 6 February 1942. After the nearby Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range was established by Executive Order No. 9029, the neighboring military installation became the Alamogordo Field Training Station (27 May) and the Alamogordo Army Air Base (operated by the 359th Base Headquarters beginning 10 June 1942).
  12. White Sands Missile Range Museum
    1. At the White Sands Missile Range museum you can trace the origin of America’s missile and space activity, find out how the atomic age began and learn about the accomplishments of scientists like Dr. Wernher von Braun and Dr. Clyde Tombaugh at White Sands. Displays also include the prehistoric cultures and the rip-roaring Old West found in southern New Mexico.
    2. Outside the museum is a missile park displaying a variety of missiles and rockets tested at White Sands. These include everything from the WAC Corporal and Loon (U.S. version of the V-1) to a Pershing II and Patriot. More than 50 items are on display.
  13. Trinity nuclear test Site.On July 16, 1945, one week after the establishment of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated in the north-central portion of the missile range, approximately 60 miles north of White Sands National Monument.

The little things at the public library…

My mother used to say; “It’s the little things”, when talking to me about cleaning my messy room, talking while eating, or complaining about life. She meant to teach me that small details matter because they are the things that fill our days, and can make the number of days in our lives pleasant, or not. She is a wise woman, just like her own mother, and her lessons have stuck vividly in my mind.

The power of wise, strong women within a family, and in a community is one of those mystical ancient traditions that never fails to stop me right in my tracks, and take notice. My grandmother was one of them, and I kind of have this fifth sense for noticing them.

A few weeks ago I visited my local library, and while chatting with my librarian I saw a side of her I hadn’t seen before; then I realized … she’s one of “them”. Hanging out at “her” library is like hanging out at a friend’s house. They don’t just read there, they commune. There are happy kids there, not just doing homework or connecting to the internet, but enjoying each other.

Sometimes the feeling I get from just walking inside the library is that, at any minute, some friendly face is going to walk up to me with a tray of cookies and milk and ask for me to sit down and just chat. It could be, as the kids who volunteer and spend time at the library are so warm, friendly, and happy. They are Tularosa’s kids.

And the librarian? She doesn’t talk a lot. She’s also warm, and happy. She loves the kids, her job, the library, the future. I think she deeply understands that the job she’s doing is of great consequence. Her demeanor, the way she talks to the kids, the attention to detail in the choices she makes for the library…there is fire in there.

Why do I tell you this? Because I think this is also the fruit of the Spirit of the Southwest. Inner strength, ancient wisdom, deep care, and the occupation of the people who live here to work on what really matters in life.

You gotta visit…