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    • 23 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sedona Creative Life Center

    Join Hopi Cultural Preservation Director Stewart Koyiyumptewa and world flute virtuoso Gary Stroutsos for a concert and discussion on the importance of the Grand Canyon as a cultural landscape and the 1,500-year-old Hopi long flute. Excerpts from the film Ongtupqa, recently featured on Arizona PBS, will be shown along with live music on flute, Hopi log drum and clay pot percussion on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the Great Room.

    This is a Hopi cultural music and video project celebrating the most ancient sounds to emerge from Ongtupqa (the Hopi name for Grand Canyon which translates to "Salt Canyon"). In addition to a musical concert featuring an ancient Hopi flute and clay drums, originally recorded in the Desert View Watchtower in the Grand Canyon, the program will include the excepts from a video of the Grand Canyon entitled Ongtupqa that was recently shown in its entirety on Arizona Public Television.

    This music was created on-site at the Watchtower with reverence for the space that could never be replicated in a music studio far from the views and spirit of Grand Canyon. Ongtupqa is the first recording of its kind for this special location – an acoustic soundscape intended to celebrate and honor the surrounding landscape. This concert will recreate that soundscape in a magical evening.

    The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is sponsoring this special event. The Hopi Tribe is represented on the Advisory Council of the Center.

    Tickets are $20 at Eventbrite . All proceeds from this concert go to support the reintroduction of the Hopi long flute tradition.

    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Oak Creek Country Club, 690 Bell Rock Blvd, Sedona (VOC)

    NOTE: This meeting will be at the Oak Creek Country Club, 690 Bell Rock Blvd, Sedona (VOC)

    People & Plants...from the Land of the Colorful Corn by Phyllis Hogan

    Phyllis Hogan is an acclaimed herbalist and ethnobotanist with over 40 years experience practicing and teaching in the American Southwest. She resides in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she founded the Winter Sun Trading Company in 1976. Since its inception, Winter Sun has provided exceptional organic botanical products, with a special emphasis on traditional southwest herbs and tinctures. Working directly with indigenous artists, she also showcases Hopi and Navajo jewelry and fine art. Immersion in the rich cultural heritage of her bioregion inspired Phyllis to co-found the Arizona Ethnobotanical Research Foundation (AERA) in 1983. The AERA is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit foundation committed to the investigation, documentation, and preservation of the traditional plant uses in Arizona and the greater Southwest.

    Phyllis has been awarded the United Plant Savers Conservation Award and the Culture Bearers of the Colorado Plateau Footways Award, and in the 1990s was the first Practitioner Associate to be recognized by the Northern Arizona Anthropology department. She has taught ethnobotany in bilingual health and educational programs for the Pima, Hualapai, Havasupai, Hopi, and Navajo tribes. When she is not busy operating her store and inspiring her community, you are apt to find Phyllis having the time of her life with her six-year-old grandson, Bodhi KaI.

    THIS LECTURE IS BEING PRESENTED AS A JOINT UNDERTAKING WITH THE VERDE VALLEY CHAPTER OF THE ARIZONA ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY.

    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Payson Area
    • 0
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    This is a MEMBERS ONLY Carpool trip limited to 16. A WaitList is available if this excursion fills up.

    We will meet at 8:45 AM at the Shell Station in the Home Depot lot, 2010 N Beeline Hwy/Route 87 in Payson. The first Stop is only 15 minutes from Home Depot.

    Stop 1. Goat Camp Ruins—An active dig in Payson
    Archaeologist J. Scott Wood and volunteers from the Rim Country Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society have been excavating a portion of this six acre site for the past several years. Scott Wood will be there to explain and answer questions. Originally a Hohokam colony, this site was occupied continuously from around 750 to 1280 CE, into the Northern Salado Period. Now owned by the city of Payson, it will serve as an archaeological interpretive site once the excavations are complete, with hiking trails within the complex. Scott will talk about his finds in this fascinating place. Site is an easy access from Tyler Parkway, a short easy walk from the road up to the ruin.

    Stop 2. 13 Turtles--Pictograph at Flowing Springs
    There are six white pictograph panels on the vertical walls and ceiling of the grotto, in a shallow rock shelter overlooking the East Verde River. The 13 turtles painting, the most striking of the pictographs, is located high on the ceiling. Possibly a lunar calendar, but it has never been investigated. Easy access from Flowing Springs Road, with a slight walk uphill to the overhang.

    Optional Stop 3. Buckhead Mesa Petroglyphs - Above the Tonto Bridge State Park
    Those who still have energy can continue on to see these petroglyphs. On a high ridge with a view of the western sky, there are numerous petroglyphs on scattered boulders within this protected site. One location has a curious placement of concentric circles, likely to be a solar calendar. Access is via a dirt road off the Tonto Bridge road, with about a mile walk of a slight incline over many small ankle-breaker basalt rocks. Bring poles, water, hat etc. for your safety and comfort.


    After the outing, for those interested, we will gather for dinner at the Old County Inn, 3502 N Hwy 87, in Pine, a destination restaurant, renown for its wood-fired pizzas and local brews.

    • 15 May 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 16 May 2019
    • 1:03 PM
    • Hopi Mesas
    • 21
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    This is a two-day, carpool trip limited to 28 individuals.

    Hopi arts go far beyond being decorative objects, to form an integral part of the culture, where everything in each piece—be it color, shape, material or design--has meaning, and sets a prayerful intention into each hand-crafted object.

    Join our hostess, Hopi sculptor Evelyn Fredricks, for this unique two-day introduction to and visit with at least five other award-winning, gifted and culturally-significant artists. We will learn about the techniques, the symbolism, and the effort which becomes a work of beauty and practicality.

    We will witness and/or understand about the traditional arts of basket making, silver jewelry work, katsina carving, pottery creation, garment weaving and sculpture.

    There will be opportunities to speak with the artists, buy directly from them, commission special pieces, and immerse yourself in the concepts and culture which are uniquely Hopi. Photographs  are allowed with permission of the artist. By purchasing these items, you are not only surrounding yourself with meaningful reminders to live a balanced life, but continuing to keep the Hopi arts and culture alive!

    Wednesday, we will meet in front of the Hopi restaurant on Second Mesa at 12 Noon. We will leave PROMPTLY at 12:30 PM to see the artists. We will finish the day at @ 4:30 PM.

    Thursday, we will meet in front of the Hopi restaurant on Second Mesa at 8 AM.  We will leave PROMPTLY at 8:30 AM to see the artists. We will finish the day at @ 1:30 PM.

    We strongly suggest staying in a local motel the night before both events.

    Here are three recommendations:

    Motel at the Hopi Cultural Center, on Second Mesa. A discount is available if  you mention you are with a VVAC Group.

    http://www.hopiculturalcenter.com/

    Moenkopi Legacy Inn situated at the western gateway to Hopi adjacent to the community of Tuba City. 

    http://moenkopi-legacy-inn-suites-tuba-city.hotel-ds.com/en/

    La Posada Hotel in Winslow.

    http://laposada.org/


    • 31 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Hopi Second Mesa
    • 1
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    This is a carpool trip limited to 12 individuals.

    Join Bertram Tsavadawa, Certified Hopi Guide and artist, for this unique six-hour agricultural and culinary experience in Hopiland.

    Farm: Get down and dirty! With Bertram’s guidance, we will accompany him to his ancestral growing field, and learn about the traditional dry farming methods, soil and water management, the varieties of corn, the significance of corn, AND we will help him plant his corn! Since he is Corn Clan, we will be hearing from someone who has this information embedded deep into his being.

    Table: After the planting, we will gather together to join Bertram’s relatives for a traditional Hopi communal meal.  This may include mutton or beef stew (vegetarian stew is available), hominy with beans, Hopi peas, grilled chilies, and the extraordinary (and gluten-free) piki bread. We will learn about the preparation, the use, and the meaning of these foods. If time allows, we may witness a demonstration of piki bread preparation.

    The planting, the farming, the food and its sharing, all continue to keep this ancient Hopi culture, traditions and people alive. There is much we have to learn here.

    Revenue generated by this trip will go to the Center's own Garden Fund.

    We will meet in front of the Hopi restaurant on Second Mesa at 9 AM. We will leave PROMPTLY at 9:30, so we strongly suggest staying in a local motel the night before. Here are three recommendations:

    Motel at the Hopi Cultural Center, on Second Mesa. A discount is available if you mention you are with a VVAC Group.

    http://www.hopiculturalcenter.com/

    Moenkopi Legacy Inn situated at the western gateway to Hopi adjacent to the community of Tuba City.

     http://moenkopi-legacy-inn-suites-tuba-city.hotel-ds.com/en/

    La Posada Hotel in Winslow.

    http://laposada.org/


    • 16 Aug 2019
    • 19 Aug 2019
    • Cortez, Colorado
    • 4
    Register

    The Center will hold two excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Champagne Springs site. The 2019 dates are August 16-19 and August 23-26.

    The Member cost to attend one session is $195.

    The Non-member cost to attend the first session is $245, which includes a one-year membership. The cost to attend a second is $195, since membership was purchased with the first session. Wait until your membership is processed before registering for the second session.

    To reserve your space/spaces you must register and pay your fee at the time of registration. There is a $75 non-refundable cancellation fee.

    No experience is necessary. You will be paired with someone with experience. All materials will be supplied, unless you have your own that you would like to bring. You should be in good health as the activity is mildly strenuous. The weather can be hot, in the high 80's, so appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water is a must.

    For additional information, contact Linda Guarino at lguarino@tamu.edu. 

    • 23 Aug 2019
    • 26 Aug 2019
    • Cortez, Colorado
    • 5
    Register

    The Center will hold two excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Champagne Springs site. The 2019 dates are August 16-19 and August 23-26. 

    The Member cost to attend one session is $195.

    The Non-member cost to attend the first session is $245, which includes a one-year . 

    To reserve your space/spaces you must register and pay your fee at the time of registration. There is a $75 non-refundable cancellation fee.

    No experience is necessary. You will be paired with someone with experience. All materials will be supplied, unless you have your own that you would like to bring. You should be in good health as the activity is mildly strenuous. The weather can be hot, in the high 80's, so appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water is a must.

    For additional information, contact Linda Guarino at lguarino@tamu.edu.