Friday, December 5, 2008

The Story of Folsom and Clovis, Innovative History Program from PBS Coming Soon.

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

- Correction: "Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Southwestern Indian Rock Art" free presentation at the Pima County Public Library will be held on December 11, instead of December 9th, as was listed in the Dec 2 issue of this newsletter. On December 9th, Allen Dart will present "Ancient Native American Pottery of Southern Arizona" in a free presentation for the Friends of Sonoita Creek, at Sonoita Creek State Natural Area Visitor Center near Patagonia, Arizona. Cosponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council. 7-8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public

- Folsom and the First Americans: The countryside around Folsom, New Mexico, is possessed of an air of primeval antiquity. Ragged hills and mesas rise wild to the west and north. Eastward lies a sloping, undulating plain, its contours engraved in hardened lava from prehistoric eruptions. Southward lies Mount Capulin, the mortal remains of a volcano. Outcroppings of lava rock, splashed with varicolored lichens and crowned with evergreens, lend an eerie texture to the grassy valleys.

- "We Shall Remain" PBS to Air 350 Years of History from Native American Perspectives: After almost five years of planning and production, a groundbreaking television series depicting more than 350 years of history from an American Indian perspective is scheduled to premiere next spring. Producers of the award-winning PBS history series “American Experience” are nearing completion of “We Shall Remain” – a five-part series of 90-minute documentary films that will air each week for five consecutive weeks beginning on April 13.

- Native Americans Examine Heritage Tourism as a Possible Avenue for Economic Development: "Job creation on tribal land means economic opportunity but also translates into cultural preservation," says Joe Shirley, president of the Navajo Nation. "When family members can find employment close to their traditional homes, they stay connected with their culture and their language."

- Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's 2009 Course Offerings Now Online:
The only Section 106 course taught by the federal agency responsible for administering the National Historic Preservation Act’s Section 106 review process, this two-day course is designed for those who are new to Section 106 review or those who want an in-depth refresher on its basic operation. The course explains the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, which applies any time a federal, federally assisted, or federally approved activity might affect a property listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

- Volunteers Invaluable in Southwestern Archaeology: Archaeology is good dirty fun! Or so proclaims the bumper sticker on the truck owned by the Kaibab National Forest's heritage program manager. And, many people seem to agree, if the volunteer turnout at this year's Passport in Time project is any indication. From Sept. 21-27, 17 volunteers contributed 880 hours to helping Forest Service archaeologists understand more about the prehistoric people who lived in the lands south of the Grand Canyon that are now part of the Kaibab National Forest. - Williams

- Mesa Verde Holiday Celebration Scheduled for Dec 11: People of all cultures and traditions are invited to join the park staff in this holiday celebration featuring special tours, luminarias, musical entertainment and refreshments. The regularly scheduled ranger-guided tours of Spruce Tree House, the third largest cliff dwelling in the park, will be presented at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Special evening tours will be offered at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Luminarias will glow along the pathways throughout the headquarters area, a National Historic Landmark District, and along the trail to Spruce Tree House. The Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum will remain open until 9 p.m. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. - Cortez Journal

Employment Opportunity (Phoenix): Cultural Resources Program Manager, State of Arizona Military Affairs & Emergency Management. - Arizona State Jobs

Thanks to Gerald Kelso and Brian Kenny for contributions to Today's Newsletter