Education

Learn to Play the Native American Style Flute
Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17, & 24, from 5-6 pm. Join Ami Sarasvati, teacher, author and practitioner, in this beginner class  to learn to play the Native American Style Flute. This course is the perfect place to start your journey of learning to play the Native American style flute (NAF). No musical experience is necessary! For many people, learning to play the NAF is their first experience playing an instrument. This course will guide you through the basics of playing your flute right away. The Native American style flute is a musical instrument that is easy to learn to play. Join us and discover your heartsong. To see a short video on the class, click HERE.

Tuition is $125 and includes the instruction, course book and a Northern Spirits PVC flute to keep and practice between classes. Click HERE to download a flyer.

Rock Art of the Verde Valley - Wednesday, May 4 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

This course is an expansion of the distance learning Rock Art course that is offered by VVAC.

At the conclusion of the course, attendees are expected to:

  1. Understand the ethnographic basis of rock art and various styles throughout the Southwest

  2. Understand how the rock art images were created

  3. Understand who made the rock art

  4. Understand some of the possible interpretations of rock art

At a mutually agreeable date after the class, there will be a guided visit to the V bar V Heritage Site to discuss some of the images, In addition, an optional visit to the Palatki Heritage Site will be offered to view the many pictographs, including the seldom visited Roasting Pit area.

Fee: $65 Members (discount incorporated in fee); $85 Nonmembers

Class fee includes a copy of Understanding the Rock Art of Sedona and the Verde Valley that will be covered in the class.

Click HERE to register. Class size limited to 16. 

 

Archaeology of Sedona and the Verde Valley - Saturday, May 7 - 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
This course is an expansion of the program that the VVAC conducts for the Road Scholar Program of Northern Arizona University.

At the conclusion of the course, attendees are expected to understand:

1.The Archaeologists – How we know what we “think” we know - tools and techniques

2.The Paleoindian and Archaic People – the first people of the area

3.The Sinagua/Hisatsinom – their arrival and departure

4.The Hopi and their ancestral ties to the area

5.The Yavapai-Apache entrance to the area

A member discount has been incorporated into the class fee.

SUGGESTED READING (available at the VVAC Museum Store or online)

Material will be provided in the course but the following items are also suggested:

  • The Archaeology of Ancient Arizona

  • Ancient Verde Valley Family Life: The Sinagua at the Dyck Cliff Dwelling

  • Surviving Conquest: A History of the Yavapai Peoples

  • Guide to Heritage Sites

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Fee: $65 Members (discount incorporated in fee); $85 Nonmembers

Click HERE to register. Class size limited to 12. 

Ancient Astronomy of Arizona - June 9 and June 16 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm each day

This is an abbreviated version of the course offered by the Arizona Archaeological Society entitled "Archaeoastronomy of the Southwest." This is a TWO-DAY Class on consecutive Thursdays. 

 

This class will review the current literature on archaeoastronomy in the American Southwest, discuss important issues related to naked eye observations of celestial objects in the night sky, and cover basic recording techniques and methods. The class will sample a small portion of the large body of literature on the subject.

At the conclusion of the course, attendees are expected to:

  1. Understand the issues involved in observation of celestial objects with the naked eye

  2. Understand the ethnographic basis of astronomical observation

  3. Understand how and why astronomical observation was used in various cultures related to the
    American Southwest: Mesoamerican, Hohokam, Pueblo, Navajo, Apache and others

  4. Understand the Sinagua calendric sites in the Sedona/Verde Valley

 

Fee: $95 Members (discount incorporated in fee); $125 Nonmembers

Class fee includes a copy of Heart of the Sky that will be covered in the class.

Click HERE to register. Class size limited to 16.

The Summer Solstice will occur on Tuesday, June 21, at 2:13 am. We will visit the V bar V Heritage site on Monday, June 20, to observe the effect that will occur about 12:50 pm if the weather cooperates.

Distance Learning

The Center also offers several online courses. A small fee is charged for each course, but they are always FREE to VVAC members. The courses can be found on our Distance Learning platform. Courses are being added but those currently offered include the following:

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Archaeology of the
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Rock Art of the
Verde Valley

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COMING SOON

Ancient Astronomy
of the Verde Valley

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Arizona Site Steward Training Course