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NMSU Museum offering Saturday Family Workshops this fall

The New Mexico State University Museum will be offering free Family Workshops every Saturday from Sept. 18 through Dec. 11. The workshops, which are designed to teach children about the current exhibits on display at the museum, are for children ages 4-12.


Before the workshops, parents and children are invited to view the exhibits, "Images of the Maya," and "Cooperating for their Lives," opening Sept. 15.

Scheduled workshops run from 2-3:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. They are:

-- Sept. 18, make clay Mayan pots and carve designs into them.

-- Sept. 25, use embroidery thread and burlap to weave Mayan designs.

-- Oct. 2, color and paste pictures into a story book.

-- Oct. 9, use paper and yarn to create a traditional Mayan "huipils" shirt.

-- Oct. 16, learn about traditional Mayan musical instruments and make a drum.

-- Oct. 23, from noon to 4 p.m., watch the Piro, Manso, and Tiwa Indians of the Guadalupe Pueblo dance.

-- Oct. 30, make altars to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

-- Nov. 6, grind up lime-soaked corn to make tradtional Mayan tortillas.

-- Nov. 13, use potatoes to make stamps of Mayan numbers, symbols, and shapes.

-- Nov. 20, use people, animals and numbers to create Mayan hieroglyphs.

-- Nov. 27, make traditional hats decorated with cloth and ribbons.

-- Dec. 4, grow a healing Mayan herb garden.

-- Dec. 11, mold beads out of clay, then make a necklace.

All Family Workshops will be held outside of the University Museum at Kent Hall, weather permitting. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. Call (505) 646-3739 for more information.