Friday, May 8, 2009

Zuni Educators to Speak at Anasazi Heritage Center

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

- Zuni Educators to Speak Sunday at Anasazi Heritage Center: Two representatives from the Pueblo of Zuni will discuss cross-cultural communication at the Anasazi Heritage Center on Sunday, May 10 at 1:00 PM. Admission to the museum will be free all day in honor of Colorado Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. Jim Enote, a Zuni farmer and artist, has been involved for over 20 years in the conservation and development of indigenous communities worldwide. He is director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center at Zuni, senior adviser for Mountain Cultures at the Mountain Institute, and co-director for the Indigenous Communities Mapping Initiative. Mr. Simplicio, a former member of the Zuni Tribal Council, is known for his work on tribal issues including health, language and cultural continuity, and environmental protection. He led a decades-long struggle against mining at Zuni Salt Lake, which is sacred to Zuni and other Pueblo Peoples. Mr. Simplicio is currently teaching Language and Culture at Zuni’s Twin Buttes High School and is a consultants to the A:shiwi A:wan Museum. - Ms Word Document

- Repatriation of Geronimo's Remains Contested by Descendants: A second group of Geronimo's descendants and the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma said they took legal action Tuesday to oppose the repatriation of the legendary Apache warrior's remains to New Mexico. The action opposes a February lawsuit by Harlyn Geronimo of Mescalero that's seeking the repatriation. Lariat Geronimo of Mescalero, a great-grandson of Geronimo, contends Harlyn Geronimo doesn't have a valid claim as a descendant and shouldn't have a say as to where the Apache warrior is buried.

- Archaeology Month in Nevada: Nevada will celebrate Archaeology Awareness and Historic Preservation Month in May. There will be walking tours of historic neighborhoods, mansions, and public works, plus archaeology-based events. - Nevada State Historic Preservation.

- Lecture Opportunity (Santa Fe): On May 11th Southwest Seminars presents Center for Desert Archaeology Preservation Archaeologist Paul Reed who will present " A Tale of Three Valleys: Chaco and Post Chaco in the Middle San Juan Region." Lecture presented as part of the Ancient Sites, Ancient Stories 2009 lecture program. Monday Evening, 6 Pm At Hotel Santa Fe. This event is offered as a benefit for the Archaeological Conservancy.

- Author Katherine Benton-Cohen Will Hold a Book Signing in Cascabel This Saturday: Katherine Benton-Cohen will be doing a book reading and signing for her recent release of Borderland Americans at the Cascabel Community Center at 6 PM on May 9th, 2009. Katherine Benton-Cohen will be donating $3 per book to support the Catholic Community Services Willcox senior meals program. The program assists in feeding nearly 60,000 home-bound citizens every year in northern Cochise County. Additional donations will be accepted for the Northern Cochise County Senior Meals Fundraising Programs at the event. A very limited number of books will be available for sale for those that did not pre-order.

- Call for Docents at the Arizona State Museum: Become a Docent at ASM! Interested in SW Native cultures? Want to learn more and share your knowledge with others? Want to meet new people and give back to the community? If you answered yes, then Arizona State Museum's newly established docent program is for you! Docents are volunteers who interpret exhibits and help visitors better understand and appreciate the rich cultural diversity of the American Southwest. As a docent-in-training, you will receive 3 1/2 months of classroom instruction -- including lectures, guest speakers, small group work and practice tours -- before working with the public. When fully trained, your duties will include greeting museum visitors, leading tours, interpreting exhibits and objects for visitors, and answering questions in the galleries. The fall '09 docent class will meet once a week on Wednesdays, 4-6 pm, from Sept 2 through Dec 16. To sign up, we ask that you be able to attend the classes and be available to volunteer just 2 hours a week thereafter (we're very flexible). Space is limited for the fall program.