Lectures

The Center offers free public lectures throughout the year. These monthly lectures are generally held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm. Check the Event Calendar for the exact dates and locations. Invitations to Zoom meetings go out to members and subscribers about one week before the lecture.

Lectures 

Sunday, June 5 - Billingsley Hopi Dancers - 3:00 pm in the Kemper Meeting Room

In 1921 the Hopi were told that “church people” petitioned Congress to stop their “pagan” dancing. In 1927, a platform was erected on the U.S. Capital steps where both Houses of Congress assembled with their families to see the Hopi dancers. Following the performance, Congress passed a Resolution giving the Hopi permission to carry on their dancing “for all time”. The dancers continued to perform, culminating in performances at Carnegie Hall in 1955. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Hopi Tribe jointly received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve a rare 1957 film of the dancers. This presentation provides background on the history of the Hopi dancers and shows portions of the film.

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Sunday, June 19 - Film: Sacred Shadows of Time - 3:00 pm in the Kemper Meeting Room

Beginning in March 2005, a two-year long survey of the V bar V Heritage Site petroglyphs was conducted to document the light and shadow effects on a petroglyph panel, referred to as the Solar Panel. This study suggested that great care was taken to mark the passage of time and the arrival of specific points in time to support the primary hypothesis that a cycle of annual, calendrical-based rituals and practices were associated with this site. The results were published by the VVAC in a book entitled "Sinagua Sunwatchers."

October 2018 was the third-wettest month on record for Arizona partially the result of the remnants of Hurricane Rosa. The winds and rain brought down one of the two boulders that produced the solar shadow effects. Fortunately, the Verde Valley Archaeology Center produced a documentary in 2013 on the calendar at V bar V entitled "Sacred Shadows of Time" that shows the effects before the boulder fell.

In recognition of the Summer Solstice, the VVAC will show this film followed by a short presentation by author Ken Zoll, on what the effects look like today. Admission to the film is free, but museum admission fees apply (members are always free). Seating is limited to 45 so registration is required to hold a seat. A Wait List will be available. The film and presentation will NOT be shown on Zoom.

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September 28 - Alternative  Interpretations of Hilltop Sites in Northern Arizona - 6:00 pm

VVAC Kemper Meeting Room - Museum admission and Registration required - limited seating

The Sherman Loy Award is an annual recognition of an avocational or professional archaeologist for their contributions to our knowledge of the prehistory of the Sedona/Verde Valley area. Following the award presentation will be a talk by Michael Kellett. M.A. Anthropology (Research), RPA entitled "Alternative  Interpretations of Hilltop Sites in Northern Arizona." Details of Michael's presentation will follow.

 

October 12 - Day of the Dead Story Telling Performance - 6:00 pm

VVAC Kemper Meeting Room - Museum admission and Registration required - limited seating

Zarco Guerrero is a sculptor, mask-maker and performance artist. He has dedicated his artistic endeavors to create positive social change through the arts. He adopted Cesar Chavez ideology of art as a social service. His art includes music, poetry and theater. He is the founder of Xicanindio Artes (now Xico, Inc.), the Cultural Coalition, Inc, and has been instrumental in the development of Latino Arts statewide. He has exhibited and received international acclaim and many prestigious awards. In 1985 PBS broadcast a one hour documentary about his art entitled “The Mask of El Zarco”. He received the Japan Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Arizona Governors Arts Award, the Artistic Excellence Award from American Hispanics in Higher Education and the Esperanza Teacher of the Year Award among many others.

Past Lectures on our YouTube Channel

Subject to the lecturer's approval, lectures are often recorded and placed on our YouTube Channel. Links are provided below for the lectures on YouTube.