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NMSU Museum will display two exhibits on the Maya people

"Images of the Maya," an exhibit portraying the daily and ceremonial life of the indigenous people of the Mexican state of Chiapas, will be on display at the New Mexico State University Museum's East Gallery from Sept. 15 through Dec. 15.

On loan from the Florida Museum of Natural History, this exhibit includes photographs and weavings. "Images of the Maya" will be presented in conjunction with the exhibit, "Cooperating for Their Lives" which will open Sept. 15 in the Museum's West Gallery. Based on the research of NMSU anthropologist Christine Eber, "Cooperating for Their Lives" illustrates the cooperative organizations available to Maya families in Chiapas.

An opening reception for the Maya exhibits will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 15 in the NMSU Museum lobby. Refreshments will be served. At 7 p.m., Eber, Ken Taylor and Selena Farmer will present the lecture "Weaving Threads of Native Knowledge."

Upcoming Museum events and exhibits open to the public include:

-- A Homecoming presentation of materials pertaining to Las Cruces' and NMSU's history will be on display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Dona Ana Room of Corbett Center Student Union.

-- A behind the scenes tour will be available for former residents and student employees of Kent Hall dormitory at 1 p.m Oct. 9.

-- As part of the 150th anniversary of Las Cruces, NMSU Museum Curator Terry Reynolds will hold a public lecture on "The Pueblo Indians of Las Cruces: A Neglected History" at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Kent Hall.

-- Piro, Manso and Tiwa dancers of the Guadalupe Pueblo of Las Cruces will perform from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Kent Hall Courtyard. Historic artifacts and photos also will be on display.

-- "Everyday Life at El Jardin," an exhibit on one of Las Cruces' most well-known families, the Amadors, will be on display through Dec. 31 at the Dona Ana County Manager's Complex. Items recovered from the house before it was destroyed in 1962 include Victorian-era toys, kitchen items, cigar boxes, travel trunks, washboards and a coal-run iron. The Manager's Complex is located at 180 Amador Ave. and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

-- "Carpinteros of the New Deal: Making Colonial Spanish Revival Furniture in Dona Ana County, 1930s" will continue to run through Sept. 1, 2000, in the Kent Hall Museum Lobby.

The NMSU Museum, located in Kent Hall, is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Museum will be closed through Aug. 31 to prepare for the Maya exhibits. Call (505) 646-3739 for more information.