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Mobile museum rolls into Roswell

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Wonders on Wheels, a traveling museum operated by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The mobile museum, which is featuring an exhibit from the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, was parked Wednesday in the parking lot of the Roswell Public Library. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

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Scott Green, education coordinator for Wonders on Wheels, holds up a strand from a turkey feather blanket made by one of New Mexico’s Native American tribes that raises turkeys. Wonders on Wheels (WOW) is a traveling museum operated by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The museum, a refurbished motor home, was in the parking lot of the Roswell Public Library on Wednesday. The current exhibit features art and cultural artifacts from New Mexico’s 24 Native American tribes and pueblos. The exhibit pieces are on loan from the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe. So far in 2018, WOW has visited 16 counties and in 2017 visited all 33 counties in New Mexico. Jamie Brytowski, director of WOW, said about 85 children from local schools and daycare centers had visited the museum by mid afternoon. “The response has been fantastic,” she said. She added that at the tribal schools and libraries children will often make cultural connections. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)