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.



What is the layout of the village?

Mata Ortiz has 6 neighborhoods, or barrios, which include


1. Barrio Central


2. Barrio Iglesia


3. Barrio Americano


4. Barrio Nuevo


5. Barrio Porvenir


6. Barrio Lopez

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.