Please join the El Paso Museum of History and the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo in welcoming back a group of Tigua artifacts over 130 years old. These objects are on loan for a year from the Rijksmuseum Voor Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology) in Leiden, Netherlands. They will be part of the new exhibit, People of the Sun, which 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.