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Programs & Activities


Film Screening: Sun Kissed (as part of the Native Voices exhibit)

Saturday, December 6, 2:00pm at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

When a Navajo couple discovers their children have a disorder that makes exposure to sunlight fatal, they also learn their reservation is a hot bed for this rare genetic disease. Filmed over three years, Sun Kissed follows Dorey and Yolanda Nez as they search for answers to the mystery of XP outbreak among the Navajo population, confronting cultural taboos, tribal history, and their own unconventional choices. The journey leads them to the shocking truth: their children and other Navajo children are still paying the price for the conquest and forced relocation of the tribe by the U. S. military in 1864, the Navajo "Long Walk." Directed by Maya Stark.


Lecture: Health in the Native Community by Sibella Salazar (as part of the Native Voices exhibit)

Thursday, December 7, 1:00pm

Dr. Sibella Salazar studies include the integration of both Western and Indigenous paradigms for holistic healing, through the examination and validation of Indigenous Ways of Knowing within the mental health field. I am particularly interested in facilitating a shift from disparity-based toward strength-based narratives within the research literature of Indigenous peoples.


    Book Discussion: Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge by Vic Glover (as part of the Native Voices exhibit)

    Tuesday, December 12, 12:00pm at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

    With incisive wit and wisdom, the author provides a look at the contemporary life of the Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Covering topics that include commodity food, drunken driving, sun dances, sweat lodges, and the sacred, the author provides firsthand accounts of the tribe's enduring resilience and the social and political forces that have challenged them both.

    For more information or to register for the book discussion, please contact library.reference@las-cruces.org or call 575-528-4024.


    Film Screening: Medicine Woman (as part of the Native Voices exhibit)

    Thursday, December 14, 2:00pm at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

    Medicine Woman interweaves the lives of Native American women healers of today with the story of America's first Native doctor, Susan LaFlesche Picotte (1865-1915) of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. The one-hour PBS documentary was produced by and about women. Directed by Christine Lesiak.


      Children's Program (as part of the Native Voices exhibit)

      Friday, December 15, 3:30pm at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library

      To highlight the cultural traditions of Native people, we invite children ages 6-10 t take part in creating their own sand art project. (Library Children's Craft Room)


      Deck Your Halls Holiday Blitz

      December 9, 10am – 1pm

      Visit all four museums to participate in holiday activities like making a sparkling poinsettia or learning about the holiday customs of Mexico! Each family will be given a holiday blitz badge; get your badge stamped by all four museums and receive some unique Las Cruces Museums swag!


      History Notes Lectures

      Thursdays at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

      Join us for our lecture series that relates to various topics in history!

      • September 14 - Household Water Quality in Rural Southern New Mexico: A 3-Year Study by Dr. Erin Ward
      • October 12 - Adobe Vernacular - Confessions of a Mud Junkie by Eric Liefeld
      • November 9 - Vernacular Architecture of Barbados by Julia A. Kirton


      Museum Guide Training

      Museum guides, or docents, interact with students and other public groups in the galleries and facilitate tours of permanent and traveling exhibits. They also participate in and lead educational programs in association with exhibits. Training focuses on techniques of meeting the public, answering questions and presenting information relative to the exhibits. Call 541-2154 for more information.