Mata Ortiz: Where?
Where were these ancient cultures?
The Paquimé culture was part of the Mogollon culture, which included the Gila Cliff Dwellings. This area extends from northern Chihuahua and eastern Sonora, Mexico, north to eastern Arizona and New Mexico.
The name Mogollon comes from the Mogollon Mountains, which were named after Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón, Spanish Governor of New Mexico from 1712-1715.
These ancient peoples traded with the Anasazi, which included the people from Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon. This area includes northern New Mexico, southern Colorado, and northeast Arizona.
The Hohokam people in central Arizona at Pueblo Grande and Casa Grande also traded with the Anasazi.
Where is Mata Ortiz on a current map?
From Deming, head south to the port of entry at Columbus, New Mexico, which borders Palomas, Chihuahua. Route 2 West will take you through Ascension and Janos. In Janos continue south on Route 10 through Dublan, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Casas Grandes, and on to Mata Ortiz.
Nuevo Casas Grandes is the municipal district that governs the village of Juan Mata Ortiz.
What is the layout of the village?
This village of 1100 people has produced more than 500 potters who handcraft this pottery using the pinch and coil method, brushes made with children’s hair, and open pit firing.