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Mescal Roast Brings Apache Tradition to Life in Carlsbad

LAS CRUCES - Carlsbad's Living Desert Zoo and Garden State Park will host the 14th annual mescal roast and mountain spirit dances May 18-21.


"The mescal roast is intended to promote a better understanding of the Mescalero Apache culture," said Mike Cook, director of New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project. "Their mescal roasting pits are among the best known archaeological sites in the area."

REDTT, a program of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, promotes agriculture through tourism.

The roast will begin with a blessing of the mescal pit and the placing of the mescal into the pit for cooking on May 18. There also will be a lecture on "Views of the Mescalero Warfare Period in Southeast New Mexico" by Chris Adams, of the Lincoln National Forest.

The event also will include feast dinners, Apache war dances and mountain spirit dances.

There will be a daytime fee of $3 for adults and $1 for children ages 5-7. Tickets for evening activities are $12, which includes dinner and all dances.

For more information, call (505) 887-5516, or contact REDTT at (505) 646-8009.