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Wonders of Wheels Exhibit Features New Mexico Native American Tribes

Wonders of Wheels Exhibit Features New Mexico Native American Tribes photo 9/19/2018 5:48:00 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame will host a mobile museum Tuesday, September 25th from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Called Wonders on Wheels, the exhibit presents a unique look at the 24 Native American tribal communities of New Mexico, told through the eyes of Pueblo, Apache, and Navajo children.

“This traveling museum in an RV is designed for visitors ages 4-14,” said Mary Lyle, Director of Education at the museum. “It’s a wonderful interpretation of Native American life for children and families to enjoy.”

The importance of traditional foods, plants, and animals, of dance and music, of the arts, and of family and elders are presented through exhibits and hands-on activities. The exhibits show kids the natural-dyed yarns that go into making beautiful Navajo rugs, and let them feel the sheep wool while learning about weaving. Visitors will learn about the traditional clothing of New Mexico’s tribal people through a doll exhibit that features some of our state’s most talented tribal doll makers. Bows and arrows, atlatls, drums, and rattles are discussed and are there to be handled. Pottery activities, an interactive tribal map of New Mexico, and videos on corn, drum making, and honoring traditional Native American ways of living are featured within this dynamic exhibit.

The Wonders on Wheels exhibit is installed within a specially retrofitted 38-foot RV featuring 300 square feet of exhibit and interactive spaces, all delivered through curriculum-based programming targeted toward kindergarten-8th grade students. The exhibit is traveling throughout New Mexico, to public and tribal schools, libraries, and community-based educational institutions.

Administered by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (NMDCA), the exhibit was guest curated by Dr. Jessie Ryker-Crawford (Ojibway) and Dr. Shelly Valdez (Laguna Pueblo), president of Native Pathways, a non-profit educational company.

For more information:  Mary Lyle at the Western Heritage Museum: 575-492-2678 or

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