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Pueblo Book Club: “Eva Mirabal: Three Generations of Tradition and Modernity at Taos Pueblo”

@ In-person and Virtual Tuesday 02.14, 2023
02:00 pm - 04:00 pm MST

This Pueblo Book Club will be offered both online (Zoom) and in person in the Chaco III room at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center at 2pm. This book is available for purchase at the Indian Pueblo Store and online here.

The interest in Indigenous, Native American culture has had complex a history, beginning with grave robbers who sought to cash in on the antiquities of Indigenous ancestral sites to collectors of contemporary Native American… continue reading description below.

Talking points and discussion topics:

  • Had you known about Eva Mirabal before reading this book?
  • If you had known of Eva, how did you come to know of her?
  • What is it about Eva’s creativity which you connect with?
  • Have you had the opportunity visit the Taos Pueblo?
  • Do you see the connection she has made with her community?

If you had an opportunity to ask Eva a question, what might that be?

The deadline to register is the day before the event. February 13, 2023 11:59 PM. Register here.

While this is a free event, there is a $5 suggested donation. You can donate here or in person. Thank you for participating in our virtual Pueblo Book Club. Each participant is important and valued, we welcome your participation. Below is the outline and etiquette for our online portion of the book club.

More Details, Zoom Outline, and Etiquette

  • At the time of the scheduled Zoom Pueblo Book Club participants will be allowed into the Zoom meeting.
  • Opening and Greeting from Pueblo Book Club facilitator, Jon Ghahate
  • Introduction and reasoning for selected book of the month.
  • Discussion and Dialogue with Book Club participants.
  • First group of questions entered through chat will be addressed
  • Discussion and Dialogue with Book Club participants
  • Second group of questions entered through chat will be addressed
  • Closing – Preview of the next months selected book.
  • End of Book Club Session
  • Survey link available

  • Mute your microphone
    • To help keep background noise to a minimum.
    • When called upon by the moderator your microphone will be unmuted
    • When your microphone is not muted, avoid activities that could create additional noise.
  • Position your camera properly
    • If you choose to use a web camera, be sure it is in a stable position and focused at eye level, if possible. Doing so helps create a more direct sense of engagement with other participants.
  • Participation
    • If you have a question/comment use the chat feature at the bottom of the screen and the moderator will address in order of comments and/or will be called upon.
    • We will include and incorporate as many participants as time allows.
    • When called upon by the moderator, speak clearly and distinctly.
    • When called upon, in order to allow the potential for others to contribute, limit your comments to a brief period of 2 minutes. This will allow other to participate as well.
    • If you would like to verbally comment during the discussion segment, use the icon on the bottom of the screen to “Raise Your Hand” and the moderator will acknowledge your contribution.
    • If you need to leave during the session, you can simply close out of the session on your screen or leave a farewell on chat that you are leaving the session.

 Join by computer: Click on the link that was provided to you, it will look something like: http://unm.zoom.us/j/555555555 (this is only an example) A dialog window will pop‐up:
Click on “Open Zoom Meetings” A window will pop‐up, to enter your name (you can select the check‐box to “Remember my name for future meetings”, after you enter your name click Join Meeting:
Join a meeting by phone:
  1. Dial an in‐country number. If you dial a toll number, your carrier rates will apply.
  2. You will be prompted to enter the meeting ID ‐ the nine (9), ten (10), or eleven (11) digit ID pro-vided to you by the host, followed by #.
  3. If the meeting has not already started and join before host is not enabled, you will be prompted to enter the host key to start the meeting, or to press # to wait if you are participant. 4. You will be prompted to enter your unique participant ID. Press # to skip. Phone controls for participants The following commands can be entered via DTMF tones using your phone’s dial pad while in a Zoom meeting:
• *6 ‐ Toggle mute/unmute
• *9 ‐ Raise hand

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…art by talented artisans, who are the product of exceptional art institutions and training programs. However, as it is often times stated, ‘art is in the eye of the beholder’ and this is most evident in the history, legacy, and artistry of Taos Pueblo member, Eva Mirabal. Her traditional Taos Pueblo name, Eah-Ha-Wa, meaning Fast Growing Corn, exemplifies the creativity and connection to her Pueblo community.

Drawing from her traditional foundation of her Taos Pueblo, the instruction she gained as a student at the Dorothy Dunn Studio Art Program in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and then her exposure to techniques and influences during her service as a member of the US Woman’s Army Corps (WAC), Eva was the only Native American ‘full-time artist’, who is credited with the publication of then female military character, ‘G.I. Gertie’. She served in the WAC during Second World War.

Though this experience, Eva acquired other acknowledgements and sought after prominent mural commissions. Although Eva Mirabal passed away in 1968, her work is still part of the collections at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Part of her legacy is that after the war, Eva continued her creativity and imagination as a Pueblo artist with continued paintings and as a visiting professor of art at Southern Illinois Normal University. This and more are what we will learn about Eva Mirabal, Taos Pueblo artist.