Friday, October 5, 2007

3rd try to Revise Nagpra, New Exhibits, Honoring Emory Sekaquaptewa

Southwestern Archaeology in the News - A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology

- Another Possible Revision of NAGPRA Moves to Senate Floor: A Senate committee has approved a bill that could clear the way for Native Americans to claim the ancient bones of Kennewick Man. This is the third time the change has been proposed to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. It would ensure federally
recognized tribes could claim ancient remains even if a direct link to a tribe can't be proven. - Tri-City Herald

- Small Pots, Big Questions, a New Exhibit at the Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center has a new “showcase” exhibit featuring the Chappell Collection of Ancestral Puebloan ceramics, thanks to the Anasazi Historical Society and designer Chris Kantner. The exhibit “Small Pots, Big Questions” looks into mysteries posed by the pint-sized and thimble-sized vessels found in local archaeological sites. These are the sort of artifacts sometimes overlooked in our bigger-is-better society. Some of the vessels are too tiny to be of practical use, leading to speculation that they could have had a special meaning for their makers.

- Public Comments Solicited on Preservation of Japenese Interment Camps: Intermountain Region Grant Program for Preservation of Japanese American World War II Confinement Sites -- The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comments to help develop the criteria that will guide a multi-million dollar federal program to conserve WWII–era Japanese American confinement sites, located primarily in western and southwestern states. The grant program will provide financial assistance for the preservation and interpretation of confinement sites where the forced relocation of more than 110,000 men, women and children—most of whom were American citizens of Japanese ancestry—occurred in 1942.

- Heard Museum Honors Dr Emory Sekaquaptewa: Hopi educator, judge and cultural treasure Emory Sekaquaptewa has been selected to receive the Spirit of the Heard Award. The 4th Annual Spirit of the Heard Award will be presented at the Heard Museum on Friday, Oct. 5 at 9 a.m., with a reception to follow. The Spirit of the Heard Award recognizes a person's actions, work experience and how they have exemplified the Heard mission "To educate the public about the heritage and the living cultures and art of Native peoples, with an emphasis on the peoples of the Southwest." - Navajo Hopi Observer

- Art for Archaeology Benefit in Tucson: The "Art for Archaeology III" fundraising event for the nonprofit Old Pueblo Archaeology Center will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday October 19, 2007, at The Mountain Oyster Club (6400 E. El Dorado Circle, Tucson). Chaired by southern Arizona artist Buck McCain (the Friends of Western Art organization's 2005 Artist of the Year), this event features auctions of original art, quilts, and collectibles generously donated by artists and other members of the community to benefit Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's education programs. Cocktails, light buffet, the event's silent auction, and preview of the evening's live auction items will begin at 5:30 p.m. Auctioneers Excelerate Auction Group will commence the live auction at 7:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $50 per person and advance reservations are required by October 12. For reservations call 520-798-1201 or email Old Pueblo Archaeology Center at Persons who cannot attend but are interested in bidding may
submit proxy bids for auction items.

- New Name and New Exhibit for Mesa Southwest Museum: A brief ceremony will be held Saturday October 6 at noon at the Arizona Museum of Natural History (sic), formerly the Mesa Southwest Museum, at 53 N. MacDonald St. The ceremony has a two-fold purpose: to officially unveil the museum’s new name and a new archaeology exhibition about the Hohokam people.

- Multiple Employment Opportunities at Crow Canyon: Lab Analysis Specialist, Lab Programs Coordinator, Educator, and Seasonal Educator. There are currently several openings in the research and education departments at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, CO. Crow Canyon is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to archaeological research, public education, and American Indian collaboration. Please see the following link for details:

Thanks to Teresa Paglione and Brian Kenny for contributions to today's newsletter.