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    • 08 Aug 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Grand Canyon Conservation Center
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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 24. 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.

    We will be keeping a WaitList once the 24-person limit is reached in case there are cancellations.

    Individuals are responsible for their own transportation and Grand Canyon Park admission fee although all holders of ATB Interagency 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. There is construction on Interstate 40 so taking Hwy 180 out of Flagstaff turned out to be a better route. Hotel rates in Tusayan and within the Canyon are high this time of year so Williams might be a better choice for those wanting to stay the night before.

    FOR OUR SUMMER TRAVELERS we are planning to do this tour again in mid-October for those interested. Details will come out in early September.

    • 24 Aug 2018
    • 27 Aug 2018
    • Cortez, Colorado
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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.


    • 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 criti- cal/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 neocolonial 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 A. Rogers, PhD, has explored the rock art and archaeology of the Col-orado Plateau and Great Basin for more than 25 years. His research has appeared in numerous journals, including American Indian Rock Art, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Environmental Communication.

    Lectures are free and open to the public.