(photos by Wendel Sloan)
These shots were taken on the north-west side of the Computer Center on Wednesday, April 24.
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Student Presents Research on Animal Bones
story and photo by Shantiana White
“When the deceased animals are brought to the lab, they are cooked, then the flesh is removed by hand.” – Ethan Ortega
Ethan Ortega, an undergraduate anthropology major, presented “Bones from the Rubble: Animal Remains and Their Relationship to Cultural Behavior at Salmon Pueblo” for the recent Student Research Conference, for which he received first place in his category.
Salmon Pueblo is located in northwestern New Mexico near Bloomfield.
Mr. Ortega said, “The remains that are about 700-800 years old were collected by Cynthia Irwin-Williams, but have never been completely identified.
“I have gone through about 700 bones this semester and over 1,000 bones this year to determine what animals they are from and what they were used for.”
The finds by the Portales native have ranged from bone tools found in relation to infant burials, to Macaw remains which represent trade between northern Mexico and the Puebloans for brightly colored feathers for ceremonial use.
“The most challenging part can be identifying the bones because it can be a puzzle.”
The other bones the anthropology students look at are modern road kill that is donated and picked up by someone who is certified for the job.
“When the deceased animals (bobcats, coyotes, etc.) are brought to the lab, they are cooked, then the flesh is removed by hand,” said the avid camper.
Mr. Ortega started getting interested in bones when his parents would take him to Blackwater Draw during the summers. “Once you find and dig up an artifact, you are hooked because out in the field it can get exciting,” said the archeological volunteer at the Roswell B.L.M. (Bureau of Land Management).
“An average person thinks bones in general are interesting, but it is what you can learn from them that is most exciting.”
For two summers, he traveled to Europe and excavated human remains because it is more difficult to do this in the United States.
“The human bones were interesting, but at times they creeped me out because you know that skeleton had a life and a family.”
Mr. Ortega said, “After graduating in May, I will begin working for the Office of Contract Archaeology at UNM in Albuquerque.”
His professors at ENMU have inspired him to one day be a professor and work into getting Ph.D. track program, but he wants to work a year or two out in the field to gain experience before pursuing this goal.
“My professors at ENMU love what they do and are an example of if you love what you do, it’s fun, and not work.”
On Saturday , May 4, the ENMU Blackwater Draw site is holding an open house. Gates open at 9 a.m., followed by demonstrations from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Ortega, who is the president of Mu Alpha Nu and others are volunteering for this event. It is free and open to the public.
“During this event, you can learn how to make things such as arrowheads or yucca sandals,” said Mr. Ortega.
|Regents Recognized at Board of Regents Meeting
Outgoing regents Santana Chavez and Marshall Stinnett were recognized at Tuesday’s Board of Regents meeting. The terms for both regents expired earlier this year.
|ENMU Dedicated Guadalupe Hall on Tuesday
(photos by Shantiana White)
|Pre-Dental Society Sponsoring Operation Tooth Fairy
story and photo by Shantiana White
The Pre-Dental Society is having a drive, Operation Tooth Fairy, to collect dental care products to give to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. An estimated 72 children live in the home.
Carmen Arana-Verdiales, the co-founder in 2011 and president of the Pre-Dental Society, said “These children need these supplies for them to keep a healthy smile.”
How did this idea come up?
"Every semester, we try to do at least one community project. This semester I came up with the idea to have a project that was relative to the club."
Where are the donations coming from?
“We have drop boxes in the CUB and Yucca Telecom. Also, we are contacting local dentists from here (Portales) and Clovis and asking for dental care supplies.”
Ms. Arana-Verdiales said, “A hygienist from Santa Fe replied to our mass email and donated.”
After collecting donations, what are you looking forward to the most?
“Seeing a smile on the kids is going to make my semester because we are providing something that makes them happy and healthy.”
When is the last date to donate?
To donate, contact Carmen Arana-Verdiales at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575.607.7185.
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