Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Lecture on Oct. 18 at 1pm

*Post from Mananzo Mountain Art Council*

MOUNTAINAIR, NM – Mr. Stephen Vollmer’s presentation, “Entre Mundos: Gods, Goddesses, Saints, and the Cultural Confluence of Identity”, will provide a brief look into early missionary work in post-Conquest México. This was a time when friars, who as prototypical cultural anthropologists encountered highly evolved cultures whose pantheons in many cases, ran parallel to their own. It was during these primary years of globalization in the Sixteenth-century that the European and Native American experience resulted in a redefining, and melding, of beliefs and symbols into a hybridized expression of faith.

Mr. Vollmer will bring into the illustrated discussion, numerous contemporary sites, which for centuries have remained as pilgrimage sites that sixteenth-century friars occupied and consciously incorporated elements of traditional beliefs in order to give the new dogmas a native appearance.

For more than four decades Stephen Vollmer has worked as a cultural advisor, curator, and administrator in museums and universities in México and the United States. He has curated and participated in the development of several hundred exhibitions in both nations and has contributed numerous catalogue essays to bi-national programs. Mr. Vollmer earned a B.A and M.A. from University of the Americas in Mexico City and Puebla, México, and currently serves as an independent contractor and cultural advisor on the arts relating to Ibero-America and Border Studies.

This free interpretive presentation will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday October 18th, at the Alpine Alley Coffee Shop, 210 N. Summit, in Mountainair, NM.

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument protects the sites of ancient Pueblo settlements and structures, associated 17th century Spanish Colonial missions, and 19th century homesteads at Gran Quivira, Quarai, and Abó. Established in 1909 as a unit of the National Park Service, the Monument serves as an example of the cultural resources management movement in the United States, and provides public interpretation of our nation’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Directions and park information are available on the Monument’s Facebook page at…/Salinas-Pueblo-…/1412954302286034, and website at For more information please call (505) 847-2585, ext. 20.


De Profundis Concert at Quarai Monument

Once again, the de Profundis annual concert at Quarai on Sunday, September 15 opens the twentieth season of de Profundis concerts. The theme for this year’s concert is “Homeward: Songs of Longing and Return.” Quarai is a unique space – a 17th century Spanish mission church, abandoned in the 1670s – part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. The monument is one of the three “salt missions” on the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway. The top part of the church is open, and yet the acoustics in the stone walls are wonderful.

The concert starts at 3:00 pm and is free of charge. Arrive early with your picnic lunch – and make sure to make time before or after the concert to tour the grounds of Quarai. And don’t forget your water, head cover, and sunscreen!

The Quarai Mission Ruins of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument are located north of Mountainair on NM55 and south of Tijeras on NM55. Rain location is the Mountainair Elementary School Gym.

For more information about de Profundis, their music, and concert schedule, go to