Monday, March 15, 2010

Santo Domingo Pueblo Reestablishes Traditional Pueblo Name

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

Santo Domingo Pueblo Reestablishes Traditional Pueblo Name

The tribal seal now says Kewa (KEE-wah) Pueblo. Tribal councilors for what has been known as Santo Domingo Pueblo late last year unanimously changed the pueblo's name back to what it was traditionally. Former pueblo Gov. Everett Chavez, who proposed the change, says Kewa is how the tribe's people refer to themselves.

Arizona Blogger Questions True Costs of Closing Arizona State Parks

Well, it's making national news: Arizona is closing many of its state parks because of budget problems. My father called this week from the East Coast asking if it's true. Sadly, I see the reasoning and the why; however, a problem remains in keeping the parks secure. State parks officials are struggling to figure out how they're going to keep closed state parks free of vandals and looters. The first wave of closures began Feb. 22. - Prescott Daily Courier

Resurrected Arizona State Museum Southwest Indian Art Fair Benefit, at Desert Diamond Casino

On March 27 and 28, 2010, Meet 100 Native artists and shop for top-quality handmade artwork including pottery, Hopi kachina dolls, paintings, jewelry, baskets, rugs, blankets, and more. Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., adult admission $6 (members $5). Proceeds go directly to strengthening SWIAF 2011. We are grateful for the expertise of the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and the generosity of Desert Diamond Casino in helping to make this benefit a reality. Special thanks to Madden Media/Tucson Guide.

Tour Opportunity (Flagstaff)

Celebrate archaeology month by taking a guided walk with an expert to Keyhole Sink, a petroglyph site in the Kaibab National Forest west of Flagstaff. The free hikes are at 2 p.m. Saturdays in March. Creeks are flowing as a result of the wet winter, and "there's almost guaranteed to be a waterfall" next to the petroglyph site, said Neil Weintraub, archaeologist at the forest's Williams Ranger District. - Arizona Republic

Exhibit Celebrating the Life and Work of Michael Kabotie Opens at MNA

A monumental and stark-white triptych hangs against lava-blue walls inside what is now called the Walking in Harmony gallery at the Museum of Northern Arizona. The 6-foot by 15-foot panel seems blank, but a closer inspection reveals delicate blue outlines on the left panel, the beginnings of a sketch of images yet to come. The Zen-like work has a name, and an artist: "3 Ladies of the Americas," by Michael Kabotie, a much-respected Hopi painter, printmaker, jeweler, poet and spiritual seeker. - Arizona Daily Sun

Analysis of Alabama Case Pitting Archaeological Preservation Against Urban Sprawl

Overlooking the Interstate and an outdoor shopping mall here stands a sad little hill, bald but for four bare trees and a scattering of stones. That the stones are there is beyond argument. But everything else about them — whether somebody put them there, how long they have been there and what should be done with them — became a matter of fierce debate last summer and has continued to yield surprising twists into recent weeks.

Lecture Opportunity (Tucson)
Steve Lekson will present "Chimney Rock and Chaco Canyon, Pinnacle and Mesa Verde: Ancestral Pueblo Regional Dynamics" at the monthly meeting of the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society. Tonight, Monday, March 15th 7:30 pm DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell Ave. The AAHS will have Dr. Lekson's newest book A History of the Ancient Southwest for sale at a discounted price of $32.00 to benefit the archaeology society.

Reminder - Archaeology Cafe (Tucson)
The Center for Desert Archaeology and Casa Vicente invite all to the next meeting of Archaeology CafĂ©, a casual, happy hour-style discussion forum dedicated to promoting community engagement with cultural and scientific research. Join us Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 6:00 p.m for Steve Lekson's presentation on "Where Did the Mimbres Go, and Where Did Casas Grandes Come From?" The cafe will be held at Casa Vicente, 375 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ. The event is free and open to the community—all are welcome. Guests are encouraged to support our host, Casa Vicente, by buying their own food and drinks. - Center for Desert Archaeology

Native American Grant Opportunity with IMLS

The Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services program promotes enhanced learning and innovation within museums and museum related organizations, such as cultural centers. The program provides opportunities for Native American tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge by strengthened museum services in the following areas:Programming: Services and activities that support the educational mission of museums and museum related organizations. Professional development: Education or training that builds skills, knowledge, or other professional capacity for persons who provide of manage museum service activities. Individuals may be paid or volunteers. Enhancement of museum services: Support for activities that enable and improve museum services. Eligible applicants are: federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaskan Native Villages and corporations, and, organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians. For more information about these IMLS grant programs, contact: Sandra Narva, Senior Program Officer, Phone: (202) 653-4634, E-mail: or Reagan Moore, Program Specialist, Phone: (202) 653-4637, E-mail:

Thanks to Gerald Kelso for contributions to today's newsletter.