Cabeza De Vaca, “The Folsom People”

Cabeza De Vaca’s Translated Journals

This month, CONNECT begins with author and Professor at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, Baker H. Morrow. Baker shares his recent book, “The South American Expeditions 1540 to 1545”, the accounts of the 16th century explorer, Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca. Until Baker translated Cabeza de Vaca’s journals from his South America explorations, his character, for the English world was somewhat unknown. The explorer’s North American travels and writings are fairly well known, but what is not widely known are his explorations of South America. Baker reveals intriguing new insights about the explorer’s attitude toward the Natives and how he sought exploration over conquest.

Who were the Folsom People?

Dr. Bruce Huckell, Associate Professor in the UNM Anthropology Department, presents a detective story that brings us closer to discovering, “Who were the Folsom People?” Dr. Huckell’s research applies archeological and forensic techniques in identifying the climatic and environmental conditions the Folsom people would have experienced in North America, approximately 11,000 years ago.

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Original Airdate: Thursday, April 19 at 7pm on 5.1 NMPBS

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