Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Mr. William W. Dunmire
Email bdunmire@unm.edu
Phone 505/867-3474
Address 12 Camino a las Estrellas
Placitas, NM  87043
Biographical Info With degrees in wildlife management and zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, Bill Dunmire enjoyed a 28-year career with the National Park Service. He was Chief of Interpretation for the entire service in the mid-1970s. He also served as Superintendent of Carlsbad Caverns, NM, and Guadalupe Mountains, Texas, National Parks in 1985, then spent seven years as a field biologist in New Mexico for the Nature Conservancy. Now, he is a writer/lecturer and photographer, traveling widely to research his material.
Program Description The program will present on the several species of domestic livestock and then describe how Puebloans and Navajos slowly adopted horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, cattle, pigs, and chickens after their arrival with the Spanish colonists in 1598. It will also discuss how quickly the Plains Indians learned to steal and ride horses, and how horses became central to their economy. The talk will describe how sheep became New Mexico's most important economic animal and will cover the arrival of cattlemen from Texas on the eastern plains and the rising economic importance of cattle in our state, including how cattle replaced the historic herds of bison. Dunmire's program will be illustrated with historic black and white photographs from the 1880s through the 1930s along with contemporary slides of grazing and the effects of overgrazing as well as people involved in ranching activities today. Bill's talk will be based upon his book, New Mexico's Spanish Livestock Heritage: Four Centuries of Animals, Land, and People published by UNM Press.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures; Sustaining Community
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