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Dear Friends, The Cooper’s Hawk—whose silent but powerful blow to the back of my head I described here last week—has not gotten much friendlier. Being a “friend of birds” at heart, I have become aggressively defensive. I enclose a photo of my protective gear: a hard hat—with enhanc...
New York Times Explores the Value of Collections-Based Research
New York Times Explores the Value of Collections-Based Research Galleries usually get all the publicity, but at many museums the biggest news is happening in the basement. In recent years, curators, visiting scholars, interns and even students have discovered — or rediscovered — cultural treasur...
New Mexico's Supreme Court Reinstates Traditional Cultural Property Designation for Mount Taylor
New Mexico's Supreme Court Reinstates Traditional Cultural Property Designation for Mount Taylor The New Mexico Supreme Court handed the pueblos of Acoma and Laguna a victory Thursday, upholding a state panel’s designation of Mount Taylor as a traditional cultural property. The ruling effectively...
Strange Twist in the Now Discredited Clovis Comet Hypothesis
Strange Twist in the Story of the Now Discredited Clovis Comet Hypothesis A new look at the comet claim suggests all of these phenomena may be in play, apparently creating a peculiar bond of desperation as the theory came under increasing attack. Indeed, the team’s established scientists are so we...
Mount Taylor Stripped of Traditional Cultural Property Designation
Mount Taylor Stripped of Traditional Cultural Property Designation It was about respect, said the Acoma, Hopi, Laguna, Navajo and Zuni tribes in mid-2008 pitching the designation of Mount Taylor as a traditional cultural property. A year later the TCP designation was a done deal, except that some...