2012 has been a banner year for SHUMLA programming, and our staff and board are grateful for our generous community of supporters and sponsors. "This year has been all about growth," stated Executive Director Dr. Carolyn Boyd. "We launched the Border Canyonlands Archeological Project, built a new website, held an incredible field school, brought educational services to 12 school districts and opened new collaborations with organizations such as the Houston Museum of Natural Science."
The 2012 FMRA class spent June working at Painted Shelter, an iconic Lower Pecos rock art site.
With such positive growth, SHUMLA's donor and sponsor community has never been more vital. "SHUMLA is at a critical crossroads, and we need help to make sure that we meet our potential," stated new Community Partner Coordinator Megan Hennessy. "The generosity of our donors has never been more crucial."
SHUMLA staff conducted a teacher training at the Houston Museum of Natural Science with the generous support of our donor and foundation partners.
Students from 12 separate districts from Houston to Marathon benefited from the generosity of donors throughout Texas and the United States.
2013 Pecos Experience
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Pecos Experience taking place
March 18-22, 2103! Dr. Stacy Schaefer and Dr. Jim Bauml are joining SHUMLA Executive Director Dr. Carolyn Boyd and Board President Elton Prewitt. This talented team will lead an exploration of the canyons of the Lower Pecos to investigate regional rock art, and to make connections through discovery.
Drs. Stacy Schaefer and Jim Bauml visit Halo Shelter.
Dr. Stacy Schaefer is currently serving as a professor of anthropology at California State University, Chico. Her combination of curatorial, academic and research experience, and her ethnographic field work among the Huichol in Mexico, will bring a unique perspective to studying the rock art of the Lower Pecos.
Dr. Jim Bauml recently retired as a botanist and plant taxonomist at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California. Dr. Bauml has devoted extensive study to the use of plants by the Huichol, and brings a fresh approach to the native plants of the Lower Pecos.
Pecos Experience participants study native plants.
In addition to visiting the world-class rock art sites of the Lower Pecos region, program participants will have opportunities to participate in Native American lifeways instruction and traditional Huichol crafts. Activities include native plant identification, harvesting, processing and preservation of plants, cordage construction, earth oven construction, and crafting ceremonial beaded bowls and yarn paintings.
Pecos Experience participants will have opportunities to practice traditional Huichol crafts.
Space in this week-long program can be reserved with a $500 deposit by February 1st. Questions? Call 432-292-4848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Community Partners Coordinator
SHUMLA's staff and board are proud to announce that Megan Hennessy has joined SHUMLA's staff as our new Community Partners Coordinator. A Del Rio native, Megan has strong ties to the local community and brings an impressive background in education and work with youth to SHUMLA's team.
Community Partners Coordinator Megan Hennessy visits the White Shaman panel with the research team.
"We're all really excited to have Megan on the team," stated Deputy Executive Director Andrew Freeman. "Between the 2013 Texas Archeological Society Annual Meeting and all of the new work we're doing with local school districts, Megan will have a very busy introduction to life at SHUMLA."
SHUMLA Wish List
Thank you to all of the wonderful, anonymous donors who have contributed books and materials from the wishlist. SHUMLA's research library has never been better stocked, and we are grateful for the wonderful new donations that arrive at our offices each month.