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Maxwell@Home

When you can't come to the Museum in person, Maxwell@Home offers brief glimpses into our collections, educational resources, ongoing research, online exhibitions, and Maxwell Museum history. "Ask the Maxwell" invites you to ask us questions about the Museum, anthropology, museum careers, etc.  Please email us at maxwell@unm.edu with your "Ask the Maxwell" question.

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Throwback Thursday: Maxwell Museum Exhibitions -- Saltillo and Rio Grande Weaving

Posted on: Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 6:00am

Detail, large Rio Grande Blanket with central Saltillo motif, 1865-1875. MMA 63.34.84

Detail, large Rio Grande Blanket with central Saltillo motif, 1865-1875. MMA 63.34.84

 

In the nearly 50 years since the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology has been in its present location, the Museum has hosted approximately 150 temporary exhibitions. Over the next few weeks, we will look back at some of them.

In 1963, Gilbert and Dorothy Maxwell donated a collection of more than 250 objects to the UNM Museum of Anthropology. One of the first temporary exhibitions in the new... read more

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Education Tuesday: Ancestors Video

Posted on: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 6:00am

Take a virtual tour of our Ancestors Exhibition and go behind the scenes into researchers' laboratories and Maxwell Museum Collections.

 

Khipu detail. MMA 2000.6.1

Khipu detail. MMA 2000.6.1

Object Monday: Inka khipu

Posted on: Monday, November 30, 2020 - 7:00am

From the early 1400s until the 1530s AD, the Inka ruled one of the world’s most extensive empires, Tawantinsuyu, the “Land of the Four Corners.” At its maximal extent, Inka territories extended some 2500 miles north-south along... read more

Diné artist Rapheal Begay at the opening of A Vernacular Response Photography of the Navajo Nation by Rapheal Begay

Diné artist Rapheal Begay at the opening of A Vernacular Response Photography of the Navajo Nation by Rapheal Begay

Ask the Maxwell Friday: How does the museum come up with ideas for temporary exhibitions?

Posted on: Friday, November 27, 2020 - 7:45am

Michelle H asks: How do you come up with new ideas or themes for temporary exhibits?

Like most things that happen in the complex environment of a museum, there is no one path for coming up with themes for temporary exhibitions. They may... read more

Cricket cage (to hold crickets for their song or for fighting). 68.59.190

Cricket cage (to hold crickets for their song or for fighting). 68.59.190

Throwback Thursday: Man the Museum Maker

Posted on: Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 7:45am

In the nearly 50 years since the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology has been in its present location, the Museum has hosted approximately 150 temporary exhibitions. Over the next few weeks, we will look back at some of them.

In 1968, the... read more

Figure 1. Majolica sherd, imported to San Marcos from Mexico (MMA 2005.114)

Figure 1. Majolica sherd, imported to San Marcos from Mexico (MMA 2006.114)

 

Research Wednesday: San Marcos Pueblo, 4 of 4

Posted on: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 4:00am

Today, we conclude our discussion of our recent research at San Marcos Pueblo by exploring the direct and indirect evidence of Spaniards at the Indigenous community of San Marcos. Historical documents suggest that a mission was established at San... read more