As a small museum, everything we do requires the collaborative efforts of our staff, volunteers, board members, and friends of the museum. Our most current exhibit, Storytellers: Teaching Heritage through Song and Story is no exception. In a previous post, I discussed a loan of several Tesuque rain gods from the E. Irving Couse and Joseph Henry Sharp Historic Site for our exhibit. We also have works on loan from Taos Pueblo artists Jeralyn Lujan Lucero and Dawning Pollen Shorty, and several pieces from our volunteers and board members, such as this storyteller figurine on loan from JonnaLynn Mandelbaum.
As part of our ongoing events calendar for the Storytellers exhibit, Dawning Pollen Shorty gave an artist talk and pottery demonstration on making your own storyteller using micaceous clay.
We have also hosted two children's story times, featuring readings from a selection of bilingual books by local authors Ed Cardenas, Joan Livingston, and Teresa Dovalpage.
We hope to bring in some more local authors for our next story time on May 14th!
This Saturday, April 16th from 1-4 p.m., the museum is hosting a free Community Music Day that will feature traditional dancing and music by Luzita Trujillo's Los Niños Bailladores, the Dread Fermata, and Señor Archuleta's Mariachi Jaguar Encantado from Enos Garcia Elementary.
The Dread Fermata learned many of their tunes from Jenny Vincent, and Craig Smith, one of the band members, wrote a book on her life and music. You can find a limited supply for sale in the MRM store. In my spare time, I play the fiddle and have studied folk music from the Midwest and Appalachia, so I'm really looking forward to reading about Jenny Vincent and learning more about northern New Mexico's folk music traditions at this event.
You can find out more about our Storytellers exhibit and events by checking out our website or reading these articles about our show in the Taos News and the Albuquerque Journal.