The Mimbres people, who lived in hundreds of hamlets in southwestern New Mexico nine centuries ago, are renowned today for their pottery decorated with animals and geometric designs. “Mimbres means pottery to most people,” said Steve Lekson. “We think it’s so cute and artistic and we want to own it, but at the time it was made others didn’t share the sentiment. The early stuff with images and fancy geometric patterns didn’t really travel outside the Mimbres area.”
Lekson, curator of anthropology at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, gives a talk titled “Mimbres: From Whence It Came and Whither It Went” on Monday, Jan. 27, at Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta.