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  • Once again, the Board of Trustees has made its annual grant awa
    Family Strengths Network Actually the contest was a little sad Chief of Interpretation Lynne Dominy showed me the almost 100 logo entries Some were beautifully designed and presented with pots as part of the design Unfortunately they were not OUR pots most had Mimbres type decorations The contest rules clearly stated that designs must represent Bandelier so the judges had to turn thumbs down Here is the logo that will appear on all tangible items associated with the anniversary Chief of Interpretation Lynne Dominy has developed a lengthy list of events for the anniversary year She s engaged the Los Alamos County Art Center Historical Society and County Parks Division as partners and is searching for more sponsors She asked the Friends to consider sponsoring a Recycled Art Show butterfly count and Fall Fiesta with Pueblo food and demonstrations Los Alamos National Bank has generously agreed to sponsor two editions of the Bandelier Newspaper the Tuff Times LANB is by far the most generous donor to worthy causes in Los Alamos probably in all northern New Mexico They ve helped us help Bandelier for all our 18 years The exhibit area in the Visitor Center is almost 40 years old The Bandelier rangers want to update it to current standards Lynne devoted much of her time on designs for remodeling the exhibits at the Visitor Center Her team held several focus group meetings including one where they just invited visitors off the interpretive paths Construction was supposed to start in Fall of 2006 Unfortunately because of hurricane disasters and other strains on government funds the administration ordered federal agencies including the National Park Service to reexamine their budgets Bandelier s plans are now uncertain until the park gets its revised budget In September the rangers opened all the Cerro Unit

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    young artist in the late 1930s employed at Bandelier under the Works Progress Administration that tried to support artists and writers during the Great Depression She painted works for the 1930s Visitor Center exhibits Pablita went on to become one of New Mexico s foremost artists and an international figure She died in January 2006 Now the rangers want to display her original paintings in their planned removed exhibit area Her 1930s works selected for conservation or restoration include Four drum makers framed cardboard paper conservation assessment Dress styles framed masonite w text peeling paint Men s activities water damage Women s activities water damage The Governor Greets the Tourists mat frame New Acquisitions for the Bandelier Collection 10 000 The myth persists that the prehistoric people of Bandelier somehow just disappeared This of course is nonsense they moved off the plateau when conditions became too harsh to survive The central theme of the planned new exhibits is to show the relationships between prehistoric and modern Pueblo people During planning for the new exhibits it became painfully obvious that Bandelier s collection is woefully deficient in work by modern artists from affiliated Pueblos Chief of Interpretation Lynne Dominy feels the following modern works will augment the collection Replica atlatl with 1 long arrow 6 shafts w archaic tips leather pouch 500 San Ildefonso white embroidered manta 1500 hand print designs 80 ea modern art piece basket women s white moccasins 225 w beaded moccasin donation Cochiti commission Bandelier dance painting storyteller doll modern art piece Santa Clara modern art piece Zuni large olla with deer w heart line Jewelry bead work drum commission repainting of Zuni migration mural Santo Domingo San Felipe heishi necklace Unfortunately because of massive government debt the National Park Service is reexamining its commitments including funding

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  • most critical pieces early in the year When it became apparent that blanket sales were going well she sent out the remaining Velardes that needed work Bills are beginning to trickle in In September Bandelier held a big celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Antiquities Act with many invited dignitaries Archivist Gary Roybal proudly showed Congressman Tom Udall several restored and framed Velardes and I pointed out that the Friends paid The restored works will be on loan to the New Mexico Museum of Indian Arts and Culture for their big retrospective exhibit of Pablita s work beginning in February 2007 We ll send you more details later with sincere hopes that you can attend the exhibition Our second grant in 2006 was for acquisition of modern puebloan works for the Bandelier collection Lynne is in contact with affiliated pueblos but feels more time is needed to make to these important decisions The chosen pieces will represent the cultures for posterity Lynne s primary objective is to show continuity with and differences between modern pieces and works in the collection dating back to 1150 We expect requests for funding to be delayed until 2007 The monument requested 5 000 from the Friends to help with their celebration of Bandelier s 90 th anniversary We ve had to increase the amount to about 5 500 thus far with more reserved for the Fiesta on Oct 1 One reason for the increase was the popularity of the bread baking demonstrations The rangers doubled the number of demonstrations from once to twice a month It s great fun to be around when the bread comes out of the oven and visitors swarm in from every direction We hope you can go on a bread baking weekend To date we ve also funded

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  • Friends of Bandelier Current News
    in Zuni Tewa Keres selected the Pueblo designs created the color combinations created the interactive elements and selected a fabulous array of images Sally King has spent the last 2 years photographing the park in all seasons so we had a wonderful collection of images to choose from With funding from the Friends of Bandelier we have also prepared all of the Pablita Velarde paintings for display and have commissioned many new pieces for the exhibits including a Zuni migration mural Zuni pottery a Cochiti storyteller and much more These designs will go to the fabricator as soon as we begin the renovation of the visitor center most likely in the fall of 2008 A lot of 2006 was also spent working on Education projects With funding from Parks As Classrooms PAC we offered a variety of teacher workshops and a special cultural demonstration program for schools In the spring over 5000 students participated in the opportunity to learn from a cultural demonstrator and to visit Bandelier The Museum of Natural History also loaned their film crew to Bandelier to create a children s educational movie about exploring and protecting cultural and archeological resources in New Mexico starring Bandeliers own Cecilia Shields and Cynthia Herhahn Consultation was also completed with the affiliated Pueblos on the 4th grade ancestral pueblo teacher s guide so that it will be released to teachers in 2007 Two teachers worked for Bandelier in the summer as a part of the Teacher Ranger Teacher program Tammy Hinckley a fifth grade teacher at Barranca Elementary gave guided tours on the Main Loop Trail and created a natural history field trip for 5th grade teachers Josh Waldman the Pojoaque High School American history teacher worked on an interactive DVD program linking 9 parks together in the telling of the Ancestral Pueblo story He also began a Teaching with Historic Places lesson plan for field trips to Bandelier to study the CCC WPA period Another teacher will be hired in 2007 to introduce them to the NPS Filming of the new park movie continued in 2006 Oral history interviews were filmed to capture many different cultural perspectives Time lapse photography and backcountry scenics were completed in October The crews will return in 2007 to do aerial photography and more scenics The film will be very different than the exhibits Whereas the purpose of the exhibits is to provide context for the experience in Frijoles Canyon the film will focus on the things that most people do not experience the wilderness the wildlife the diversity of the park landscape etc Combined together these two interpretive experiences will provide the visitor with a much better understanding and appreciation for the entire park FIRE MANAGEMENT For the past several years Bandelier has been attempting to do a prescribed fire but the weather has not cooperated In November of 2006 the fire management staff was able to complete a 500 acre prescribed fire around the mesa housing and juniper campground areas in the

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  • Friends of Bandelier Current News
    in hand and the Park Service gives the go ahead Realizing how tight money is for federal agencies Superintendent Darlene Koontz is exploring several additional sources Grants One of our 2006 grants was for acquisition of modern puebloan works for the new exhibit hall and Bandelier s permanent collection Chief of Interpretation Lynne Dominy s primary objective is to show continuity with and differences between modern pieces and works in the collection some dating back to 1150 Lynne contacted affiliated pueblos to find appropriate artisans We have contracted for the following works a storyteller set by Ada Suina of Cochiti a traditional embroidered white manta by Isabel Gonzales of San Ildefonso an atlatl 10 arrow shaft bases 3 arrow shafts with points and an arrow bag by Ulyssess Reid from Zia a traditional Zuñi olla by Noreen Simplicio of Zuñi and a copy of the Zuñi migration mural by Geddy Epaloose of Zuñi Prehistorically the Zuñi were a wide ranging tribe and have maintained traditional ties to a number of national parks throughout the Southwest including Bandelier Lynne asks that the first four pieces be done by May 2007 with the mural by July 2007 We have already purchased beautiful white moccasins by Gary Roybal from Santa Clara which are stored in Bandelier s climate controlled archives Our largest grant to Bandelier in 2006 was funding for restoration and conservation of Bandelier s collection of works by New Mexico artist Pablita Velarde Pablita worked at Bandelier under the depression era Works Progress Administration WPA that tried to support artists of all kinds during those dark days All the paintings that required work have now been beautifully conserved and framed They are currently at the New Mexico Museum of Indian Arts and Culture which is preparing a retrospective exhibit of Pablita s work The exhibit will open February 18 2007 The Friends are funding some of the publicity and are sponsoring dancers and cultural demonstrations at the opening ceremonies We sincerely hope that you will save the date and attend the opening EIS Some of our long time members may remember that we funded preliminary experiments to restore the piñon juniper p j woodland The p j is severely overgrown with junipers and is now littered with the skeletons of piñons killed by bark beetles A heavy tree canopy prevents light from reaching the ground so grasses shrubs wildflowers even weeds can t grow The lack of ground cover promotes erosion that threatens the integrity of the ruins The Park Service later funded treatment of a small watershed on the mesa south of Frijoles Canyon Now the rangers are releasing their Environmental Impact Statement that details options for more widespread treatment of the p j The EIS is a rather large document over 200 pages It is posted on Bandelier s website http parkplanning nps gov and the park offers it on disk by request Deadline for comments is March 19 2007 Friends Board I m delighted to report that the

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  • Friends of Bandelier Webletter August 2007
    not let them know your ideas Darlene Koontz nps gov note the underscore between first and last name At last word Bandelier s grant application had passed the Denver Regional Office and was sent on to the Washington Office The other grants are regular requests not matching The 90th Anniversary Celebration seems a long time ago now but part of the rationale for Bandelier s choice of 90th events was to try new things that the park might want to schedule on a regular basis Two events were so fabulously successful that Darlene asked us to fund them again next year Cultural Demonstrations 2 100 Bread baking 900 in the Bandelier horno This event is wildly popular with the public and Lynne reports that people from the pueblos are expressing more interest in demonstrating Remaining dates for 2007 are August 18 September 30 and October 13 Pueblo dances for summer holidays 1 200 really amount to more than just the dances The dancers tell about their lives and some of their adventures One leader told about their dance tour in India where they drew huge crowds Audiences there wanted to see REAL Indians Remaining 2007 dates are September 2 Labor Day Sunday and September 30 September 30 is Fall Fiesta at Bandelier Fire Management Insert in the Los Alamos Monitor 1 100 Bandelier conducts prescribed burns when conditions on the ground are right Whenever people see smoke they start calling the park and the county the park wants to be proactive about public concerns This will be Bandelier s third fire insert the Friends also paid for the last two Bandelier puts the inserts in the Monitor because most of the calls are from Los Alamos Bandelier will hold some public meetings this fall concerning fire management One of the proposals will be spring prescribed burns These meetings are usually poorly attended but spring burns may bring people out the Cerro Grande Fire of 2000 started as a prescribed burn Appraisal for Helen Cordero storyteller doll Amount not determined A generous couple is willing to donate the doll for Bandelier s collection It would be a priceless acquisition Darlene is not allowed to pay for appraisals with Park Service funds Lynne is reluctant to ask the donors to pay for the appraisal so is asking us The park needs an appraisal before they can accept the gift the donors need a value for their tax deduction Helen Cordero was from Cochiti Pueblo and essentially invented storytelling dolls in 1964 She couldn t make perfectly symmetrical pots like her peers so they suggested she try making dolls instead Her first storyteller doll was of her grandfather telling stories to his grandchildren one of the children is Helen herself That first doll is now at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe Website Intern 4 300 Darlene wants to upgrade Bandelier s website and add technology to make it more useable She is especially interested in providing teacher training materials

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  • Friends of Bandelier February 2008 News
    Hispanic and Pueblo people from northern New Mexico The second grant is for Modeling Sustainability although specific projects haven t been chosen yet The scheme for Centennial Grants was supposed to be that Congress would authorize government grants totaling 100 million for each of ten years for a grand total of 1 billion In summer 2007 the Park Service put out rather short notice requests for proposals to its separate units for these grants each park was required to match its request dollar for dollar with non government funds The response exceeded 100 million I talked to a fellow from the National Parks Foundation who described a Congressional hearing The Secretary of Interior very proudly testified holding up bulging binders of proposals of how well the parks quickly gathered matching guarantees exceeding 100 million from the private sector The Intermountain Region approved Bandelier s two proposals and forwarded them to Washington Alas things don t go smoothly when Congress is involved It did not approve the entire amount for 2008 leaving the Park Service to decide which of its approved projects it could actually fund We are delighted that both of Bandelier s proposals made the cut they are currently being reconsidered in Washington with 22 other Intermountain Region projects Our hearty congratulations to Chief of Interpretation Lynne Dominy who conceived and shepherded the projects through the arduous process Completed Grants for 2007 Our other 2007 grants went well We funded Pueblo dancers and bread baking demonstrations We paid for printing a fire management insert in the local paper and the autumn issue of the Bandelier newspaper The Tuff Times The Pablita Velarde exhibit that we helped sponsor at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture ends in February we hope you had a chance to see the beautiful exhibit Transfer of two coveted Helen Cordera storytelling dolls by an anonymous donor to the Bandelier collection did eventually occur with timely assistance from our Santa Fe board member Lee Warren who also is a Volunteer in Parks at Bandelier We were delighted to pay for the mandatory appraisal 404 required before Bandelier could accept the gift Helen Cordero of Cochiti Pueblo essentially invented storytelling dolls in 1964 She couldn t make perfectly symmetrical pots like her peers so they suggested she try making dolls instead Her first storyteller doll was of her grandfather telling stories to his grandchildren one of the children is Helen herself That first doll is now at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe Ranger Chris Judson sent us photos of the dolls I put black and white photos in the hard copy of this newsletter but won t send them to you electronically many people still use phone dial up and those big files take forever to download Our webmaster Laurie McGavran put full color photos on our website www friendsofbandelier org As part of a set of commissions for pueblo works for new exhibits at the Visitor Center Lynne commissioned a copy

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  • Friends of Bandelier February 2008 News
    junkie visiting national parks throughout the country We do have a new board member Our current board member Mary Burchill lives in Kansas Her husband Brower always came along when they drove to board meetings Sometimes Brower sat in on the meetings It soon became obvious that he was an experienced board type had good ideas and gave good advice I conned him into applying for board membership and the board unanimously voted him in Brower is especially interested in Native American issues and has long been involved with Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence Kansas He has a PhD in cellular radiobiology and has served as professor and in administration at the University of Kansas Brower and Mary have been intermittent seasonal volunteers at Bandelier since 1995 Many of you may remember Brower from his manning of the entrance station New Grants for 2008 The Board of the Friends agreed to support Pueblo bread baking 900 and Pueblo dancers 1 200 during the three summer holidays Memorial Day Fourth of July and Labor Day We hope some of you have been able to enjoy these events up to now Centennial Matching Grants Please recall that we granted 40 000 for two matching grants for FY 2008 and FY 2009 The first entitled Modeling Sustainability is to create a five year plan to make Bandelier a climate friendly park The rangers have met with facilitators to create goals for reducing Bandelier s carbon footprint and determine how best to go about meeting the goals Bandelier s current emissions are really quite small simply by buying carbon credits the park could continue its not very polluting ways However the rangers are not the type of people to be satisfied with such half measures They want to actually personally reduce climate altering pollutants Their stated goal is to reduce Bandelier s footprint to zero by 2016 the 100th anniversary of the park The National Park Service has a website that calculates the amount of carbon dioxide CO2 various park activities generate Park personnel can thus determine which actions would most efficiently meet their goals Wildlife biologist Stephen Fettig gathered all the data utility bills vehicle fuel costs etc The results indicate that buying a hybrid vehicle they have to travel to Denver and Phoenix a lot and installing solar panels to generate electricity would have the largest immediate effect Tucking in small projects as funding allows like installing energy efficient light bulbs also helps reach the goals Bandelier is hosting a climate friendly park Logo Contest for children up to age 14 The design of the logo should relate to the idea of Bandelier National Monument s staff and visitors working together to make the park as climate friendly as possible and or why this is important for the future Rangers will use this logo to showcase efforts to be a Climate Friendly Park Deadline is July 15 2008 For more information about this contest call the visitor center at 505 672

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