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    • 24 Aug 2018
    • 27 Aug 2018
    • Cortez, Colorado
    • 5
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    The Center will hold only one excavation field school this year near Cortez, Colorado at Mitchell Springs site. The dates are August 24-27. 

    The Member cost to attend is $195.

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

    To reserve your space 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 Jim Graceffa at dr.jvg1@gmail.com.

    • 25 Sep 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Camp Verde Public Library

    Ancient Waterways of Life: Hohokam Irrigation Systems of the Salt River Valley

    The ancient Hohokam inhabitants of the Salt River Valley constructed an extensive system of irrigation canals that allowed them to live and prosper in the arid desert for a thousand years, a remarkable achievement for a pre-industrial society. More than a century of research by archaeologists and geomorphologists has revealed that Hohokam farmers built the largest network of canals in the New World, with more than 1000 miles of canals constructed between AD 500 and 1450. Dr. Bostwick will talk about the evolution of the canal systems, how they were engineered and maintained, and challenges the Hohokam had to overcome such as floods and droughts. In addition, ideas will be presented about how the Hohokam organized themselves in order to best manage their complex irrigation systems. Illustrations, graphs, and photographs of canals excavated by archaeologists in the Salt River Valley will be shown to help explain the amazing ingenuity and skills of the Hohokam canal builders.

    This is free and open to the public. The new Camp Verde Public Library i if">130 Black Bridge Lp Rd, Camp Ve

    • 09 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Oak Creek Country Club, Village of Oak Creek

    Dr. Laurie Webster has been assisting the Center in the analysis of the textiles found in the Dyck Rock Shelter. She will be visiting the Center in October and will present a talk on October 9. Her topic will be announced shortly.

    Laurie D. Webster (PhD University of Arizona 1997) is an independent researcher with institutional affiliations at the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, the American Museum of Natural History, and Crow Canyon. Laurie is a leading expert on ancestral Pueblo perishable materials, especially woven objects and textiles, and she consults with Crow Canyon on the perishable materials encountered during the Center’s excavations.

    Laurie is also a scholar of post-contact and contemporary Pueblo and Navajo weaving. Her research interests include craft production and innovation, technological change, cultural affiliation, and the documentation and interpretation of older museum collections. She has served as a consultant and technical expert about Southwestern textiles and perishable artifacts for museums, federal agencies, tribal entities, and cultural resource management firms. Laurie is a visiting scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, adjunct faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University, and a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Her publications include the edited volumeBeyond Cloth and Cordage: Archaeological Textile Research in thricas and the catalog Collecting the Weaver’s Art: The William Claflin Collection of Southwestern Textiles, as well as numerous articles about pre-Hispanic perishable technologies. In 2011 she initiated the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project to document the large collections of perishable artifacts recovered from southeastern Utah during the 1890s.


    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Sedona Poco Diablo Resort
    • 118
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    The Center's annual benefit will again be held at the popular Sedona Poco Diablo Resort, a property of the Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation.

    The theme of this year's event is "Steady Progress Toward our Future." 

    Our Special Guest Entertainer will be Ed Kabotie with his "One Man Jam" performance.

    Dinner Choice of:

    Grilled Salmon 
    or
    Tender Medallions of Beef 
    or
    Grilled Southwest Eggplant

    See the event website for the full bio of Ed Kabotie, the full menu description and preliminary list of silent auction items. 

    Tickets are $125 ($75 tax deductible).

    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 AM
    • 09 Nov 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Catalina Inn - Catalina, AZ
    • 8
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    Join the Center on a guided excursion to Northwest Chihuahua, Mexico .  This four-day trip includes the United Nations World Heritage site of Paquimé, the most important archaeological site in northwest Mexico and the American Southwest., the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, the Mormon settlements of Colonia Juarez and Colonia Dublan, and a side excursion  to the cliff dwelling of Olla Cave in the Sierra Madre Occidental.  This non-tourist part of Mexico offers a rich cultural mix of Mexicans, Mormons, and Mennonites and the spectacular landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert.  

    Trip Dates:   November 6-9, 2018

    Cost per person: $650 double occupancy; $720 single occupancy ($300 nonrefundable if cancelled) includes all transportation, tours, hotel in Mexico, entrance fees, and tips.

    Limited to 10 participants. Click HERE for a trip flyer.

    Day 01—Depart Catalina Inn, Catalina, Arizona at 6:00 a.m., to the great  archaeological site of Paquimé.  After touring the museum and ruins, check into the Nuevo Casas Grandes hotel and have dinner.

    Day 02—Breakfast in the Hotel Hacienda followed by a tour of the Mormon community of Colonia Juarez, and a discussion of Mormon settlement patterns and the agricultural economy of this part of Chihuahua.  The rest of the day will be spent in the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, visiting the homes of many artists to learn how the pots are made, painted, and fired.  

    Day 03—After breakfast in the Hotel Hacienda drive to Olla Cave, one of dozens of cliff  dwellings in this part of the Sierra Madre.  This site is particularly unique because of the large adobe structure used by the prehistoric inhabitants to store grain.  T

    Day 04—After breakfast and check-out, tour one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Colonia Dublan and then begin the return journey to the Catalina Inn arriving about 5:00 p.m.  

    Rooms at the Catalina Inn on November 5 and November 9 are NOT included if desired.

    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts

    This Native American Heritage Month concert, entitled “Hopi Rhythms,” is presented by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. The concert will show the diversity of Hopi artists from traditional songs, to classical guitar, to contemporary music with reggae sounds. Proceeds will be split between the Hopi Educational Endowment Fund and the Verde Valley Archaeology Center's capital campaign to preserve an ancestral Hopi pit house village dating to A.D. 650. 

    The concert will open with an exploration of Hopi cultural connections to the Grand Canyon through music and video by Canyon Records artist and Hopi Vice-Chairman Clark Tenakhongva singing traditional songs of the Grand Canyon. International World Flute and recording artist Gary Stroutsos, who has made a distinctive contribution to Native American music and culture for over 25 years, accompanies Clark on the Hopi Long Flute, the oldest known wind instrument in North America. Gary composed the music for the acclaimed PBS National film Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert.

    The evening will close with the reggae sounds of Casper and the Mighty 602 Band. Csper Lomayesva is a man on a musical mission. This Hopi / Dine' native has spent the past years traveling throughout the country and abroad performing his unique reggae sound and exposing the realities of life on the reservation. He has performed at the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival twice, the 2001 and 2009 American Indian Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC. and at Madison Square Garden in New York City for Pete Seeger's 90th birthday celebration along side Bruce Springsteen. CASPER'S success lies in his unique musical vision, and it comes straight from the heart. His lyrics tell the stories of reservation life. It is front page news that's never been heard. The music is reggae with a blend of herbs and spices from a variety of musical influences.

    Tickets go on sale August 1 at EventBrite.


    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Camp Verde Public Library

    Join master world flute artist Gary Stroutsos for a journey inside the Southwest desert rim flutes that were found by Earl Morris in 1931 inside Broken Flute Cave in the Red Rock Prayer Rock district in present day northern Arizona. The Hopi believe this was the first Hopi flute.

    Gary has replications made from the original flutes found in Broken Flute Cave by flute master builder Michael Allen who did the research to bring these haunting and mysterious sounding flutes alive. Join Gary for a entertaining history on the flutes. 

    Gary is part of the Hopi Connections to the Grand Canyon project entitled Ongtupqa. Including being a former jazz and blues performer, Gary composed the music  on "Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert" which appeared on Arizona Public Television.

    This talk will follow Gary's performance during the November 10 Native American Heritage Month concert at the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts.

    This talk is free and open to the public. The new Camp Verde Public Library is located at 130 Black Bridge Lp Rd, Camp Verde.

    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Camp Verde Library, 130 Black Bridge Lp Rd

    Dr. Richard A. Rogers will discuss his newest book, Petroglyphs, Pictographs, and Projections: Native American Rock Art in the Contemporary Cultural Landscape.

    Recent decades have seen an upsurge in interest in indigenous rock art sites. Focusing on the southwestern U.S., this book critically examines the contemporary implications of the interpretation, appropriation, commodification, and management of indigenous rock art.

    Neither archaeological interpretations nor commercial reproductions of rock art operate in a cultural vacuum but are deeply embedded in existing narratives about Native Americans. For those interested in rock art as a window into indigenous cultures of the past, our contemporary projections of meanings are of great concern. Applying the tools of critical/cultural studies to both academic and popular discourse, Rogers explores the implications of such projections for rock art studies, con- temporary gender dynamics, and the neo-colonial relationship between Euro-Americans and Native Americans.

    “Archaeologists and historic preservation specialists certainly need to read this. Rock art enthusiasts need to read this. Park rangers need to read this. And others should read it—the unsettling messages and useful critical methods are broadly important, and the focus on rock art delivers an appealing, fun, and attractive way to ‘get it.’ There are no other books that do what this one does.” — Kelley Hays-Gilpin, professor, Northern Arizona University and Edward Bridge Danson Chair of Anthropology at the Museum of Northern Arizona

    Richard Rogers has been exploring the natural and cultural environments of the Southwest for over 25 years, and has served as an Arizona Site Steward and volunteer for the Coconino National Forest since 2000. He is a rock art enthusiast, avocational archaeologist, cultural critic, and Professor of Communication at Northern Arizona University.

    Lectures are free and open to the public.


    • 14 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 AM
    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Catalina Inn - Catalina, AZ
    • 10
    Register

    Join the Center on a guided excursion to Northwest Chihuahua, Mexico .  This four-day trip includes the United Nations World Heritage site of Paquimé, the most important archaeological site in northwest Mexico and the American Southwest., the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, the Mormon settlements of Colonia Juarez and Colonia Dublan, and a side excursion  to the cliff dwelling of Olla Cave in the Sierra Madre Occidental.  This non-tourist part of Mexico offers a rich cultural mix of Mexicans, Mormons, and Mennonites and the spectacular landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert.  

    Trip Dates:   February 14-17, 2019

    Cost per person: $650 double occupancy; $720 single occupancy ($300 nonrefundable if cancelled) includes all transportation, tours, hotel in Mexico, entrance fees, and tips.

    Limited to 10 participants. Click HERE for a trip flyer.

    Day 01—Depart Catalina Inn, Catalina, Arizona at 6:00 a.m., to the great  archaeological site of Paquimé.  After touring the museum and ruins, check into the Nuevo Casas Grandes hotel and have dinner.

    Day 02—Breakfast in the Hotel Hacienda followed by a tour of the Mormon community of Colonia Juarez, and a discussion of Mormon settlement patterns and the agricultural economy of this part of Chihuahua.  The rest of the day will be spent in the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, visiting the homes of many artists to learn how the pots are made, painted, and fired.  

    Day 03—After breakfast in the Hotel Hacienda drive to Olla Cave, one of dozens of cliff  dwellings in this part of the Sierra Madre.  This site is particularly unique because of the large adobe structure used by the prehistoric inhabitants to store grain.  T

    Day 04—After breakfast and check-out, tour one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Colonia Dublan and then begin the return journey to the Catalina Inn arriving about 5:00 p.m.  

    Rooms at the Catalina Inn on February 13 and February 17 are NOT included if desired.