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El Paso Museum of History Presents New Exhibit With People of the Sun

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The El Paso Museum of History is welcoming back a new group of Tigua artifacts over 130 years old!

Starting on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 12 p.m. the public will be able to view these marvelous artifacts.

These objects are on loan for a year from the Rijksmuseum Voor Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology) in Leiden, Netherlands.

The new exhibit, People of the Sun, introduces the history and culture of the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo to our visitors.

Dutch anthropologist Herman Frederick Carel Ten Kate visited the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo in December, 1882, while he was engaged in fieldwork among the American Indians.

Like other early anthropologists, he collected both information and artifacts, many of which are now in the Rijksmuseum. Among the Tigua items highlighted in this exhibit are a drum and drumstick, a war shield, a rattle and the raw material for another rattle, and a pair of moccasins, all purchased from War Captain Bernardo Holguin in 1882.

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