Monday, June 2, 2008

25 Years at Crow Canyon, U of AZ Language Studies, Homol'ovi

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

- Crow Canyon Celebrates 25 Years of Research: Over Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s 25 years of existence, a variety of people from different places have visited, participated in a program, and had the center, and southwest Colorado, become a special place in their minds and memories. The center, founded in 1983, first attracted Lynn Romay-Khourie, of Haytime, Mo., in 1986 and 1987. She heard about their educational programs through an advertisement in an archaeology magazine. - Cortez Journal

- University of Arizona Working to Preserve Southwestern Languages: Research has shown that students of color who learn in their native language and are taught about their respective cultures and heritage tend to perform better academically. That is one reason why The University of Arizona’s American Indian Language Development Institute is working to preserve and revitalize indigenous languages and to also help educators figure out ways to teach languages to others.

- Hopi History on Display at Homol'ovi Ruins State Park: The park, just off Interstate 40 north of Winslow, was created in 1993 at the urging of the Hopis, who were desperate to save their ancient villages from thieves and vandals. The ruins of villages from the 1200s to the late 1300s were filled with thousands of pots, luring unscrupulous collectors. "In the 1960s, a guy came in here with a backhoe," Berggren says. The thieves stole the pots and destroyed much of the surrounding village structures, all of which are sacred to the Hopis. It would be like tourists chipping off pieces of the Sistine Chapel ceiling when they visited. "We estimate we've lost 95 percent of the pots," Berggren says.

USC Conference Explores the "Underground" of the West: Historians digging up the past of California and the West have hit a rich vein of underground topics: cemeteries, coal mines, secret escape tunnels, buried treasures, earthquake faults and a little girl trapped in a well nine stories below. On the surface (no pun intended), these subjects may not have much in common other than what USC history professor William Deverell calls their "undergroundness." But "the subterranean West is a really important West," he said, noting the economic power of mining, oil gushers and water rights. - LA Times (site may require user registration)

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