Today we judge ourselves by our skills or professions. Many of us will be skilled in many forms of crafts. We are the repositories of knowledge passed down, father to son. It was not always that way, our arts and crafts all have a history attached to them. As with man, each of these has a point were they began.
The Pecos Museum has been very fortunate, it has had the opportunity to view the history of many of man's new crafts, from their conception.The Zueberbueler shelter, high above the Pecos River, has been the window through which man of today, has been given a view of the past. A view that will now be called the history of early man.
The evolution that placed man on his feet, and gave him the brain associated with being human, was generous to man. Unfortunately it's generosity did not include a full pantry. Man only had the tool with which he could think, not the instructions on how to proceed.
For two million years we find man as the species that walked on two legs. As with many other creatures he made and used simple tools. While some of today's scholars may suggest more for man of those early days, there is truly no evidence for this optimism.We can avoid a long debate at this point by just accepting that man of 10,000 years BP, and after, was man human. Before that time one needs to turn to the Pecos Library to gain an insight to the thinking of the Pecos Museum.
One of the points the Pecos will make, is that there is an unexplained series of parallels between man of the old world and man of the new. Here we will turn to one of the oldest mysteries of them all, weaving. Separated by thousands of miles and thousands of years, the worlds of man could not have been closer, at least when it came to weaving. The Pecos will now take you down the path of early man history, the past where weaving was the parallel.
To use the term weaving, can and has brought on debate. The Pecos has, in the past and no doubt will be again, be criticized for it's all encompassing use of the term. If our description were to be pointed toward modern man, then the Pecos may be in error, but please remember our view is going to be that of early man.
So we can get a better idea of what was happening at the Zueberbueler shelter, the many forms that weaving, or similar acts using the hands would take, we offer a list of titles from our display. You may wish to move into any one of them now and allow the museum to give you a bit more insight to events at the shelter.
Please recall, that the icon of a school house, is a clue you will find evidence of a teaching aid.
The many forms of WEAVING
Baskets, a few in the works now---
Belts, the first collection offered to the world---
Blankets, the rare weavings of early man---
Braids, a small start into the skills of thinking, the human clue---
Cloth, a blue swath from the past---
Cords, display now open---
Knots, twists and weaving at work. Human hands at work and play.
Mats, a new display, and only a start. Much more to come---
Nets, from the Texas shelter---
Sandals, from over 400 recovered, display featuring sixty teaching samples---
Sewing, the weavers second craft, needles and thread---
Twining, baskets, and sun shades, the other mats---
Many of the displays will need extra time to load. Please be patient as we think they are all worth the wait.
A large number of the artifacts are not to be found in other museums around the world. Their great age has long taken them from the lost history of man. We at the Pecos were very fortunate in our work.