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 Title NATIVE PEOPLE OF NORTH AMERICA: What They Grew and Gathered
Program Description This slide-illustrated talk relates the connections between plants and native people of New Mexico, especially Pueblo and Navajo Indians. It deals with the earliest farming in America but also emphasizes the importance of a host of common wild plants that were gathered to supplement diets; furnish medicine; make fabric dye and pottery paint; provide fiber for baskets, blankets and twine; and many other uses.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
Seeking to understand
who we are,
who we were
and who we aspire to be.

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