Monday, July 27, 2009

3d Annual Suuvuyuki Day at Homol'ovi, More on Possible Clovis Era Comet

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

- Homol'ovi Ruins State Park Celebrates Suuvuyuki Day on Saturday August 1 and Sipaulovi Village continues the Celebration on Sunday, August 2nd. "Suuvoyuki" translated in the Hopi language means to accomplish work through at "joint effort." Suvoyuki Days start with an open house day at Homolovi Ruins State Park that celebrates the partners who have helped to protect and save Homolovi area archaeological and cultural sites from destruction. This event features corn roasting, a morning run, archaeological information, and artist demonstrations. Registration for the Saturday morning run starts at 5:15 am; the run starts at 6 am. Volunteers are needed for this event. Sipaulovi Village hosts its annual Suuvuyuki Day on Sunday, August 2, from 5:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The day begins at 5:30 a.m. with registration for the traditional 10-K run and 2-mile fun run and walk. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the village will present an artist market, walking tours, and lectures. All events originate at the Sipaulovi Visitor Center and are open to the public. Follow signs from the Highway 264/87 junction to the village on Second Mesa.

- New Article on Possible Clovis Era Comet Impact: A team of U.S. scientists that has unearthed a layer of microscopic diamonds on a California island (USA) is calling the find a possible 'smoking gun' to prove a controversial theory that debris from a massive comet - believed to have smashed into northern Canada nearly 13,000 years ago - wiped out the woolly mammoth and dozens of other Ice Age mammals, triggered a 1,000-year period of global cooling and threatened the fragile foothold of North America's earliest human inhabitants. - University of Oregon

- Trust for Public Land Saves Portion of Agua Fria National Monument: A 200-acre ranch in the heart of the National Monument was two days away from the auction block this month when the Trust for Public Land completed a deal to step in and save it from potential development. "It could have been disastrous," said Christopher Byrne, Arizona project manager for the Trust for Public Land (TPL).

- Conflict Continues at San Diego Museum of Man: San Diego's leading anthropology museum is facing a civil war following the abrupt ouster of its executive director in May. Some former board members and donors have asked the American Association of Museums to pull the San Diego Museum of Man's accreditation, saying the Balboa Park institution's board has turned rogue. One of the allegations against the museum is racial discrimination against American Indian volunteers. - Signs on San Diego

- Topaz Museum Receives National Park Service Funding: A project to build a museum documenting the Topaz Relocation Center is receiving $48,000 in federal grants. The National Park Service says the Utah project is getting part of the $960,000 in Japanese-American Confinement Site Grants.

Thanks to Terry Colvin and Adrianne Rankin for contributions to today newsletter.