The Turquoise Gala includes an afternoon sessions with a guest presentor, Dr. Frances Jean Mathien, at El Monte Sagrado 3;30-5:00. Dr. Mathien has been researching Chaco Canyon for nearly thirty years, and is retired from the National Park Service. She has produced considerable research on the use of turquoise. She worked on the Chaco Project analyzing ornaments and minerals and was editor for many of the project’s publications. Currently she is researching the Chaco field schools held from 1929-1942, and 1947. Dr. Mathien will discuss how Native Americans in the Southwest used gems and minerals for beads, pendants and mosaics pieces; known sources for some of the minerals; possible trade relationships that moved goods between different cultural groups; and the continuity of the gems’ use into the present.
This event will lead right up the kick off celebration of the Preview Party. So, if you can't attend the Gala, but don't want to miss the fun, join us and see what all the excitement is about!