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    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Sedona Poco Diablo Resort
    • 30
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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).

    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Second Mesa
    • 0
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    Experience the physical beauty and ancient history of the Hopi land with Hopi guide Anna Silas, Executive Director of the Hopi Museum. Her expertise will provide you with information about the land, as well as about the Hopi’s history here and relationship with these beautiful places.

    Dates are Saturday October 27, Saturday Nov 17 or Saturday Dec 1. 

    Each tour is limited to 12 and starts at the Hopi Cultural Center on Second Mesa at 8 AM to see all these sites in one long day. Participants must provide their own vehicle for the tour. Best is an AWD/4WD vehicle to get up a steep sandy incline. Carpooling is encouraged. Participants should bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch.

    The tour includes:

    Blue Canyon: On Hopi land at the edge of the Painted Desert, this beautiful canyon features soft, multicolored sedimentary rocks that have been eroded over the millennia to reveal stripes of color. The deep, rust-red rocks with bright white markings, and white rocks with red markings. are so straight that they appear man-made. But these unique patterns are all the handiwork of Mother Nature.

    Taawaki Dawa Park Petroglyphs: An ancient Hopi petroglyph site, this is an imposing, 200-foot high rock ridge with thousands of petroglyphs dating from 200 BCE to AD 1300, with likely pre-Columbian dwellings on top. An easy hike.

    Coal Mine Canyon:Located in the high desert just east of Tuba City sits Coal Mine Canyon, a stunning find of colorful, jagged-looking hoodoos and cliffs that appear to jut from the canyon floor. The English name refers to a brief mining history in the canyon, when American settlers attempted to mine coal in the late 1800s. This will be a steep hike into the canyon.

    Download Flyer HERE.

    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 AM
    • 09 Nov 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Catalina Inn - Catalina, AZ
    • 5

    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.

    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Grand Canyon Conservation Center
    • 9
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    We have made special arrangements for a private tour of the Grand Canyon Museum Collection building that houses archaeological artifacts found in the Grand Canyon National Park. This includes prehistoric items such as this image of a Basketmaker period bowl as well as historic items such as John Wesley Powell's watch and diary of his river runs. In addition, there is a separate building housing some of the historic boats used to run the Colorado River from a 1906 Kolb Brothers boat to later day inflatables. Some of these boats were on display until 2003 when they were removed for restoration and preservation. Since then the collection has grown to fill a large warehouse-like building. 

    The $35 fee includes a donation to the Grand Canyon Museum Collection. The group is limited to 20. Half the group will visit the archaeology section for an hour while the other half will visit the boat section. The groups will then switch so that everyone gets at least one hour in each area. The tour will end by 1:00 pm and you will be free to have lunch and tour the Canyon on your own. We will provide a map with directions to the Museum Collection building.

    Individuals are responsible for their own transportation and Grand Canyon Park admission fee although all holders of Inter-agency passes, Golden Passports, Grand Canyon passes and those under 16 years of age are exempt from the payment of fees.

    If you plan to make it a day trip it is about a 3-hour drive from Camp Verde or 2-1/2 hours from Sedona. 

    • 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 are available 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.

    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Second Mesa
    • 0
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    Experience the physical beauty and ancient history of the Hopi land with Hopi guide Anna Silas, Executive Director of the Hopi Museum. Her expertise will provide you with information about the land, as well as about the Hopi’s history here and relationship with these beautiful places.

    Dates are Saturday October 27, Saturday Nov 17 or Saturday Dec 1. 

    Each tour is limited to 12 and starts at the Hopi Cultural Center on Second Mesa at 8 AM to see all these sites in one long day. Participants must provide their own vehicle for the tour. Best is an AWD/4WD vehicle to get up a steep sandy incline. Carpooling is encouraged. Participants should bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch.

    The tour includes:

    Blue Canyon: On Hopi land at the edge of the Painted Desert, this beautiful canyon features soft, multicolored sedimentary rocks that have been eroded over the millennia to reveal stripes of color. The deep, rust-red rocks with bright white markings, and white rocks with red markings. are so straight that they appear man-made. But these unique patterns are all the handiwork of Mother Nature.

    Taawaki Dawa Park Petroglyphs: An ancient Hopi petroglyph site, this is an imposing, 200-foot high rock ridge with thousands of petroglyphs dating from 200 BCE to AD 1300, with likely pre-Columbian dwellings on top. An easy hike.

    Coal Mine Canyon:Located in the high desert just east of Tuba City sits Coal Mine Canyon, a stunning find of colorful, jagged-looking hoodoos and cliffs that appear to jut from the canyon floor. The English name refers to a brief mining history in the canyon, when American settlers attempted to mine coal in the late 1800s. This will be a steep hike into the canyon.

    Download Flyer HERE.

    • 01 Dec 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Second Mesa
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Experience the physical beauty and ancient history of the Hopi land with Hopi guide Anna Silas, Executive Director of the Hopi Museum. Her expertise will provide you with information about the land, as well as about the Hopi’s history here and relationship with these beautiful places.

    Dates are Saturday October 27, Saturday Nov 17 or Saturday Dec 1. 

    Each tour is limited to 12 and starts at the Hopi Cultural Center on Second Mesa at 8 AM to see all these sites in one long day. Participants must provide their own vehicle for the tour. Best is an AWD/4WD vehicle to get up a steep sandy incline. Carpooling is encouraged. Participants should bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch.

    The tour includes:

    Blue Canyon: On Hopi land at the edge of the Painted Desert, this beautiful canyon features soft, multicolored sedimentary rocks that have been eroded over the millennia to reveal stripes of color. The deep, rust-red rocks with bright white markings, and white rocks with red markings. are so straight that they appear man-made. But these unique patterns are all the handiwork of Mother Nature.

    Taawaki Dawa Park Petroglyphs: An ancient Hopi petroglyph site, this is an imposing, 200-foot high rock ridge with thousands of petroglyphs dating from 200 BCE to AD 1300, with likely pre-Columbian dwellings on top. An easy hike.

    Coal Mine Canyon:Located in the high desert just east of Tuba City sits Coal Mine Canyon, a stunning find of colorful, jagged-looking hoodoos and cliffs that appear to jut from the canyon floor. The English name refers to a brief mining history in the canyon, when American settlers attempted to mine coal in the late 1800s. This will be a steep hike into the canyon.

    Download Flyer HERE.

    • 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.


    • 07 Jan 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Jan 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Verde Valley Archaeology Center
    • 10
    Register

    Do you wonder what types of pottery is found in the Verde Valley?  Would you like to be able to identify what you see in the field?  Center President James Graceffa will present this class on how to identify the various types of pottery.  Also, learn how it was made and decorated. 

    This class is four consecutive Mondays from 9 am to Noon.  Dates of the Class are January 7, 14, 21 and 28 and an optional field trip, date to be determined. The class is limited to members only and is $80 which includes the course book. Participants will need to bring or purchase an eye loupe (available in the Center bookstore).

    • 14 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 AM
    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Catalina Inn - Catalina, AZ
    • 8
    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.

    • 05 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Public Library

    This is an Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Lecture

    It has been thought that the Apache do not become Apache until the adoption of the horse, which triggered the raiding adaptation. Dr. Deni Seymour will present an Arizona Humanities AZ Speaks talk to explain that while horses played a central role in the Apachean world, the horse divide is not as pronounced as thought. Horses changed the ancestral Apache lifeway and horses survived and thrived without European horse culture. Horses shaped warfare and intercultural relations, were intertwined with family and inter-band relations, and were integrated into Apachean lives through use of horse power and in ceremonies. The horse is maintained in contemporary culture and archaeological traces document the historical role of horses in rock art, bones, landscape use, and artifacts.

    Dr. Seymour is an internationally recognized authority on protohistoric, Native American, and Spanish colonial archaeology and ethno-history. For 30 years, she has studied the Apache, Sobaipuri O’odham, and lesser-known mobile groups. She has excavated Spanish presidios, numerous Kino-period missions, and several indigenous sites. She works with indigenous groups, tackles the Coronado and Niza expeditions, and is reworking the history of the pre-Spanish and colonial period of the Southwest.

    All lectures are free to the public.

    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Public Library

    This is an Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Lecture

    Dr. Todd Bostwick will present "A New View on the Ancient Sinagua: Analysis of the Dyck Cliff Dwelling Collection." 

    Excavated  between 1962 and 1972, the large quantity of archaeological materials recovered from the Dyck Cliff Dwelling, located northeast of Montezuma Castle, were kept in storage for more than 40 years until they were donated to the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in 2014. Detailed analysis of the well-preserved wooden artifacts, colorful textiles, diverse ceramics, and remarkable food remains has provided new information about the prehistoric cliff dwellers who lived in the Verde Valley.

    Dr. Todd Bostwick is the Director of Archaeology for the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum. 

    This is a free lecture open to the public.

    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Public Library

    This is an Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Lecture

    National Park Service staff, Matt Guebard, Lucas Hoedl and Wendel Navenma, will talk about recent attempts to study the architecture at Montezuma Castle. This includes investigations of the building techniques and materials used to construct the cliff dwelling. Additionally, the presentation will discuss attempts to build a "replicate room" using local materials and traditional construction methods similar to those used at Montezuma Castle. By replicating these ancient building styles, the park has acquired valuable insight into the labor required to build a cliff dwelling and the potential environmental impact caused by collecting local building materials. This presentation will highlight how the in-depth study of ancient architecture can produce important information about the lives and experiences of past people. 

    This is a free lecture open to the public. 

    • 26 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Public Library

    This is an Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Lecture

    Dating the Construction and Use of the Montezuma Castle cliff dwelling by Dr. Greg Hodgins and Nicholas Kessler (University of Arizona)

    Dr. Hodgins and Mr. Kessler will discuss a recent cooperative research project between the National Park Service and the University of Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. This project has utilized radiocarbon dating to better understand when the cliff dwelling was built and how its architecture changed over time. The presenters will discuss the methods used and preliminary results from the project. This presentation will highlight the use of cutting edge science to develop an interpretation of past events at Montezuma Castle. 

    This is a free lecture open to the public.