Wednesday October 13, 1999

MEXICO A 24-year-old mother of two is helping rescue the Mayan oral tradition from oblivion. Her testament to the Mayan way has made her an internationally known photographer. Her photos come with curious bits of ancient Mayan advice passed on from the elders in the Chamula Indian community. For example, the picture of a person asleep while a hand holds a sandal over him is accompanied by the words: "If someone snores a lot, you can hit him lightly on the nose with a sandal or insert a little lizardís tail up one nostril.",1249,120006973,00.html? The film is about the more than 300 Irish-Catholic immigrants in the United States Army who deserted to join the Mexican side in the 1846-1848 war, forming the St. Patrick's Battalion ("Los San Patricios"). Almost forgotten in the United States, they are heroes in Mexican history.

TEXAS The fair commemorates Texas Archaeology Awareness Month. The UTSA Fair is one of five similar statewide events endorsed by the Texas Historical Commission. An archaeological exhibit, "Layers of Culture," tells the story of Texas from 10,000 years ago to the present.

COLORADO The A.R. Mitchell Museum received a check for $2,500, the first installment of $5,000 in matching funds donated by Evergreen to begin a long-range conservation project at the museum. The City of Ratonís efforts to acquire and renovate the historic train depot downtown got a $600,000 boost recently via a federal transportation funding program.

NEW MEXICO A museum conference brings more than 400 people to Santa Fe today. It is the first combined annual meeting of the New Mexico Association of Museums and the Mountain-Plains Museums Association, which covers 10 states from South Dakota to New Mexico. In Las Vegas, the Citizens' Committee for Historic Preservation's has purchased the Winternitz Building to be used as a Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center. The Winternitz is located on the route of the historic Santa Fe Trail.

ARIZONA "History of Women in Early Arizona." Lillian Stickle, a docent at the Arizona Historical Society, will speak at noon as part of the Community and Concern lecture series. The lecture is at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. (free) People tend to think of vandalism as a relatively new problem in our country's history, but that's not so. An 1898 story in the Arizona Republican speaks of vandals stealing numerous "head boards" from Chinese burial sites. Maybe they liked the Chinese writing; maybe they were just plain prejudiced, Atchison said. The Yavapai Cemetery wants to retrieve historic gravestones and markers no questions asked. Sixth-grader-sized mummies stand in the corner and rest on cots in a small closet, which is decorated from floor to ceiling with hieroglyphics. The mummies were cast from real sixth-graders. Reggae has found a special welcome among the insular and secretive Hopi. A little old lady is making her own dream come true. Her museum will likely open in a few months. The idea is to offer the 21st century a bit of the look, the feel and the wonder of this country's first few hundred years. Deer Valley Rock Art Center - Oct 17 Public Fieldtrip to White Tank Mountains petroglyph site. Fieldtrip activities include a moderate hike (approx. 3 miles roundtrip) and a short discussion of the prehistoric Hohokam culture that lived near the site. $5 Fee Required. 8am-12pm

UTAH,1249,120006771,00.html? Utah Preservation magazine announces a call for entries for its third annual photography contest, "Back to School." Subject matter is old school buildings in Utah. Winners will be published in the magazine. Entries must be submitted no later than Nov. 30. For more information and entry requirements call Roger Roper at 801-533-3561. The National Trust for Historic Preservation once ranked the academy building as the No. 1 endangered building west of the Mississippi. The 108-year-old structure now has a new lease on life, as the future home of the Provo City Library. The history of the telephone in Utah.

TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGY Space Imaging's high-resolution satellite pictures (any place on the planet down to a resolution of one metre) go on sale on 1 January 2000. Images which have not been processed and enhanced will cost about $30 per square mile. The best quality images will be charged at about $500 per square mile. One-metre resolution images and four-colour images at four-metre resolution can be combined.

CYBERIA A government commission is considering a request to block import of ancient artifacts. It is the most sweeping demand ever for restricting the sale of art objects from another country under international agreements and a 1983 U.S. cultural properties law. A pair of woolly mammoth skeletons found in New York will be auctioned over the Ebay Web site. Hakes dismisses any suggestion that it is wrong for fossils to be used for private. "It's the landowners property and it's their choice to do anything they want as Americans," he says. The asking price for the specimens: $4.5 million. Site of Historic 1858 Dinosaur Find - The "Ground Zero" of Modern Paleontology. Piece together the lives of the Dorset people. Christine Large pushed to make Bletchley into a modern museum and conference centre. Other members of the trust want to preserve the museum as it is. The disagreements have now turned ugly. The newly appointed chief executive has received death threats over the future of the museum.