Monday, July 19, 2010

Huhugam Ki Musuem Shares Dual Perspectives on Hohokam and Huhugam

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Huhugam Ki Museum Shares Dual Perspectives on Hohokam and Huhugam
The museum serves a dual function, according to Pacer Reina, an assistant there. Not only is it a source of information about the Hohokam to the world at large, it's an important cultural resource for the nearly 9,000 members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, on the east side of the Valley. The Pima believe they are descended from the Huhugam, which is becoming the preferred transliteration (although Hohokam is still widely used). The museum helps the community's children understand their heritage, Reina said. - Arizona Republic

Acting Superintendent Opens Mesa Verde to Back-Country Tours
“The resources are fabulous,” he says, “and the staff is very good, which makes my job easier. Mesa Verde National Park is in a great part of the country.” Nelligan is excited about the new Visitor and Research Center currently under construction which will house the park’s collection of over 4,000,000 artifacts in a state of the art facility. Under his leadership, three new backcountry tours are open to Mug House, Spring House and Wetherill Mesa, and in conjunction with the Mesa Verde Foundation, prominent artists recently had a day to paint plein aire style at Long House.

12th Annual National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers Training Meeting Scheduled
On Monday, August 9, 2010, NATHPO is offering a pre-conference, NAGPRA-related training session this year, "Using 43 CFR 10.11 to Return 'Culturally Unidentifiable' Native American Human Remains and Associated Funerary Objects." This one-day training will focus on the new regulatory section finalized on May 14, 2010, that requires the return of "culturally unidentifiable" Native American remains to Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations. This training session is a follow-up to last year's workshop, "Using the Culturally Unidentifiable Native American Inventories Database." This important database includes listings and information on over 124,000 individual Native Americans and almost one million associated funerary objects. If you are attending the entire annual meeting, this one-day training is included in your registration fee. If you only want to attend the one-day training, there will be a $100 registration fee.

Mesa Arizona Has Tremendous Potential for Historic Preservation
Former Mesa Mayor Don Strauch smiles when he drives past his childhood home, the Fuller-Strauch house, about once a month. For Strauch, 84, viewing the Mission Revival house built in 1906 in Mesa's West Second Street Historic District is a way to stay in touch with his roots in the Valley's largely rootless society. It brings back memories of his long-deceased family members and reminds him of nights he spent as a boy on the sleeping porch in a bed that hung from chains. - Arizona Republic

Echos of the Old West at Nevada's Hamilton Ghost Town
Time was when Hamilton's streets bustled. The largest of several camps spawned by rich horn silver discoveries on Treasure Hill in 1867, Hamilton served a district population of about 30,000 miners and the usual hopefuls and riffraff lured by boom-towns. Today, Hamilton's scatter of ruins rising spectrally from the sagebrush and pinyons lure only those seeking glimpses of the Old West. - Las Vegas Journal

Lecture Opportunity (Durango)
Crow Canyon research archaeologist Susan Ryan will give a talk at 7 p.m. July 23 at the center, 23390 Road K in Cortez. Ryan will discuss the ancestral Puebloan communities in the central Mesa Verde region that remained occupied despite severe drought in 12th century.

Lecture Opportunity (Tucson)
The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Presents Linda Mayro and Roger Anyon speaking on "Preserving the Past for the Benefit of Future Generations: Accomplishments of the Pima County Historic Preservation Bond" Tonight, Monday, July 19 at 7:30 pm in the DuVal Auditorium at the University Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell Ave. - Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society

Employment Opportunity
Currently this is just a heads up, but we will be posting an announcement on USA JOBS shortly for a GS9/11 archaeologist in the Moab Field Office. The applicant must have 4 months experience in the region. Contact Leigh Grench, Archaeologist with the BLM - Moab Field Office at 435-259-2114 for more information.

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