Sunday December 26, 1999

ARIZONA Birkby, Arizona's only board-certified forensic anthropologist, one of just 44 board-certified forensic anthropologists in the United States and Canada, typically handles 60 to 100 cases per year.

NEW MEXICO The people of San Ildefonso live in two worlds, trying to balance both - the traditional and the modern. 10 Matachines dance in two lines while La Malinche, El Abuelo and El Torito feud. Some believe Los Matachines was first performed in New Mexico by the Spanish in 1598. Silver City has a responsibility toward landowners who discovered their property is a graveyard, according to an opinion offered by the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee.

TEXAS A state historical marker notes that a Civil War POW camp once stood in the vicinity. It wasn't until 1994 that Lisarelli and Miller pinpointed the prison's location near Business U.S. 290 and Texas 362. When Potter County took over the Santa Fe Building, quick-thinking Dumpster-divers saved some of the Amarillo landmark's history from the landfill. Left in the building was a Mastadon jawbone and leg bone found when workers dug the building's foundation in the 1920s. Dallas' historical village is assembling a self-sufficient 1860s farmstead to show how our ancestors lived before microwaves and Microsoft.

CYBERIA,1575,SAV-9912260160,00.html Reyman's Feather Distribution Project has given more than 5 million feathers from wild turkeys, macaws and other parrots to the Pueblo Indians. The feathers are used to make prayer sticks, fill ceremonial altar jars and in plume offerings.