Mimbres - artist unknown. U of MN Weisman Art Museum Collection. The Mimbres, an ancient Native American people, are part of the cultural history of the American Southwest. They lived in the desert valleys of southwestern New Mexico along small rivers flowing from the surrounding mountains and in parts of Arizona and northern Mexico. For a relatively short period—from A.D. 850 to 1150—
A Kayenta-style painted vessel excavated at Kinishba by Byron Cummings during the 1930s. Credit: Jannelle Weakly/Arizona State Museum - Over the years, the Kinishba ruins site was pulled apart by pot hunters and soldiers from Fort Apache seeking souvenirs. In 1892 Adolph Bandelier, a pioneering archaeologist, was the first European to write about the site, and other archeologists visited it.