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NMSU Museum to hold first family workshop for new exhibit

The New Mexico State University Museum will offer the first in a season of free Family Workshops Saturday, Sept. 18. The workshops involve hands-on activities designed to teach children ages 4-12 about the exhibits on display at the museum. Before the workshops, parents and children are invited to view the exhibits, "Images of the Maya," and "Cooperating for their Lives," which will be on display Sept. 15 - Dec. 15.

"Images of the Maya," on loan from the Florida Museum of Natural History, includes photographs and weavings portraying the daily and ceremonial life of the indigenous people of the Mexican state of Chiapas. It will be on display in the Museum's East Gallery.

"Cooperating for Their Lives," on display simultaneously in the Museum's West Gallery, is based on the research of NMSU anthropologist Christine Eber, and illustrates the cooperative organizations available to Maya families in Chiapas.

At Saturday's workshop, participants will make clay Mayan pots and carve designs into them. Future workshops will include weaving Mayan designs, learning about traditional instruments, making altars to celebrate the Day of the Dead, making stamps of Mayan symbols, and making clay bead necklaces.

The workshops will run from 2-3:30 p.m. 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.