Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Kewa Pueblo Looks to Redevelop Historic Trading Post

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

Kewa Pueblo Looks to Redevelop Historic Trading Post
Ray Tafoya's mind races with all kinds of ideas about how his pueblo can turn an old trading post into the cornerstone of a redevelopment that could bring jobs, business and tourists to this enclave west of Interstate 25. As he drives from the center of the village here north toward the burned-out 1920s adobe building that will be rebuilt with a $1 million federal grant, he rattles them off.

Drug Wars in Mexico May End Popular Kino Mission Tour Program
The escalating shootouts between Mexican drug gangs in Sonora have created another casualty. Kino Mission Tours, which for 35 years has taken thousands of people on weekend trips to get to know and appreciate the history and culture of northern Sonora, is on the brink of discontinuing the tours.

Results from the Arizona Historic American Landscapes Survey
As the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS), sister program to HABS and HAER, celebrates its 10thanniversary, I thought you would be interested in seeing what has been going on in AZ. The American Society of Landscape Architects members are people you can talk to about documenting landscapes and the possibility of getting volunteers to help with documentation that will be archived at the Library of Congress. Their expertise is currently in built landscapes, but HALS is available to all historic and cultural landscapes. Feel free to share this with others.

Santa Fe Antiquities Dealer's Remains Believed to be Found in Panama
Two weeks ago, Panama authorities and investigators found bones they think are Icelar's in a shallow grave on a Bocas del Toro property near the body of another American missing since March, Cheryl Lynn "Cher" Hughes. Hughes' husband identified her body.

Planning Meeting for the Arizona Centennial Celebrations in Southern Arizona
The Arizona Centennial Commission and Arizona Historical Advisory Commission cordially invite you to the Southern Arizona Centennial Summit on Tuesday, August 10, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Randolph Golf Course Club House, Copper Room, 600 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson This summit will give elected officials, business and community leaders the opportunity to hear first-hand about signature projects, signature events and official sanctioned events being planned by the Arizona Centennial Commission, in collaboration with the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission and its Centennial Legacy Projects

ASU Archaeologist Helps Model Human Impact on Land
Computer modeling is broadening the scope of archaeology by not only providing a better understanding of the past but also by predicting what might occur in the future. That topic, as related to human-environment interaction, is at the core of “Living in the Past and Looking Toward the Future,” an Inside Science News Service article featuring Arizona State University archaeologist Michael Barton.

Calling All Crow Canyon Interns
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is searching for our former interns! We want to know where you are and how you’re doing! If you or someone you know was an intern at Crow Canyon (in education, field, lab, zooarch, or envarc), please contact Alicia Holt at 800-422-8975 x 135 or aholt@crowcanyon.org. Share your story with us!

Visit Your National Parks for Free, August 14-15
U. S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced that the National Park Service will waive entrance fees on August 14 and 15 to encourage all Americans to visit our national parks. The entrance fees being waived at the 146 sites usually charge for admission range from $3 to $25. There are 246 other parks that do not have entrance fees so you can plan a free visit year-round. The fee free waiver does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors—such as fees charged for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions.

Publication Announcement from Left Coast Press
"Indigenous Archaeologies: A Reader on Decolonization" Edited by Margaret Bruchac, Siobhan Hart, and H Martin Wobst August 2010, 400 pages, $34.95 (Paper). Relationships with indigenous peoples has become a key issue in the practice of archaeology worldwide. Collaborative projects or projects directed and conducted by indigenous peoples themselves have become a standard feature of the archaeological landscape, community concerns are routinely addressed, oral histories incorporated into research. This reader of original and reprinted articles – many by indigenous authors – is designed to display the array of writings around this subject from around the globe, many difficult to access in standard academic settings. Cases range from Australia to Arctic Russia, from Africa to North America. Editorial introductions to each piece serve to contextualize these works in the intersection of archaeology and indigenous studies. This is ideal course text in both subjects, as well as a valuable reference volume.

Thanks to Carrie Gregory and Beth Grindell for contributions to today's newsletter.