El Camino Real Historic Trail Site

El Camino Real Historic Trail Site hosts Native New Mexico

September 10, 2015


El Camino Real Historic Trail Site hosts Native New Mexico, Saturday, September 19, 2015. The event is free and runs from 10am to 4pm.

Native New Mexico celebrates New Mexico’s native peoples through a daylong celebration of art, demonstrations, and music and dance performances. Among those participating will be the Red Turtle Dancers from Pojoaque Pueblo, Marlon Magdalena (Jemez) performing traditional flute music, Christopher and Darnell Lewis with Zorina Laweka demonstrating weaving, and from Taos and Santa Clara Pueblos will be Andrew and Judith Harvier demonstrating willow basketry, pottery and jewelry. Also performing will be members of the Piro-Manso-Tiwa tribe.

Experts from the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies will conduct hands on demonstrations of the ancient art of atlatl throwing, archery, flint knapping, yucca weaving, and coiled basketry. They will also have a large display of artifacts from around the state.

New Mexico poet and author of New Mexico: A Glimpse Into an Enchanted Land, John McWilliams will present, "Lozen: Female Apache Warrior." This fascinating talk will shed some light on Lozen as much of what is known about her has been passed down through generations. For instance, it is said that she had supernatural powers. Whether or not true, she did ride into battle alongside Geronimo until she was captured and imprisoned, where she spent her last days.

El Camino Real Historic Trail Site visitors may stroll the grounds, take in the breathtaking view, and purchase burritos and other delicious food and drink. The arts and crafts of the participating artists will also be available for purchase.

The participant list is in formation as of September 10.

Driving Directions:


35 miles south of Socorro on I-25, Exit 115 left and follow the signs. El Camino Real Historic Trail Site is located between Socorro and Truth or Consequences, NM. Gasoline and food are at Exit 115 and Exit 139.

Nearby Attractions:

Making the trip even more worthwhile for visitors is the El Camino Real National Scenic Byway just north of the Site along Highway 1 where they can also visit the Civil War era Fort Craig and the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. In the nearby and historic town of San Antonio are three popular restaurants; The Owl Café, serving for more than 66 years what is widely recognized as the world’s best green chile cheeseburgers, Manny’s Buckhorn Restaurant, made famous on Bobby Flay’s Food Network Throwdown, and Acosta’s Mexican Restaurant reputed to serve the most authentic, made-from-scratch New Mexican cuisine in central New Mexico. Just 35 miles north along I-25 is the historic town of Socorro, NM.

Traveling south along I-25 is Geronimo Springs Museum in Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte Lake Recreation area, and Silver City. A little further south and 13 miles north of Las Cruces, is Fort Selden Historic Site.

Public Information:

For more information the public may refer to El Camino Real Historic Trail Site’s web site http://nmhistoricsites.org/el-camino-real or call 575-854-3600.

Media Contacts: Steve Cantrell, PR Manger, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs 505-476-1144 steve.cantrell@state.nm.us

Chris Hanson, Site Manager, El Camino Real Historic Trail Site 575-854-3600 chris.hanson@state.nm.us

El Camino Real Historic Trail Site is one of seven state historic sites; among them are Jemez, Lincoln, Bosque Redondo Memorial Site, Fort Stanton, Fort Selden, and Coronado, all comprising the New Mexico State Historic Sites, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information on the Historic Sites check the web site http://www.nmhistoricsites.org/.

Historic Site programs are supported in part by donors to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.




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