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Gene's Photos of Brent's April Outing

The Saturday, June 1 meeting features a special guest speaker, Marlon Magdalena, who grew up in the Pueblo of Jemez, a federally recognized tribe in New Mexico.  He is an artist, educator, and performer of Native style flutes.  Flute and song-making is his art, he also draws and paints, but currently specializes in making several types of flutes.  Marlon is also the Instructional Coordinator at the Jemez Historic Site. He educates the public about his Jemez culture through numerous presentations that he gives throughout the year.  His life is centered on his family and community of Jemez Pueblo.

Marlon bought his first flute in 2007 at the local powwow and fell in love with its' sound, its' construction and ease of playing.  He researched and learned about Native flutes on the internet and consequently has learned more about his own cultural heritage.  When he perfoms he tries to present himself in the most respectful way that he can.  He dresses like a traditional Jemez man would for any of their special occasions because that is who he is representing.  He also represents the Flute Spirit in Jemez.  We say that is you are performing in the plaza, or at other places, you are performing not only as yourself, but as the spirits you are dancing, drumming or singing for.  Marlon sings through the flute.  He gives the Flute Spirit a voice with his breath, his heart, and his mind.  You can read more about him at

Do come and bring your neighbors and friends.  Light refreshments are served.


The Rim Country Chapter of AAS is located in Payson, AZ, at the base of

the Mogollon Rim.  Meetings generally include a guest speaker presenting

an archaeological related subject. Refreshments are served. An outing to an archaeology site is normally scheduled for the afternoon following the general meeting. The RCC, under the guidance of Archaeologist Scott Wood, is participating in the excavation of the local Goat Camp Prehistoric Ruins Site. The completion of the excavation project will likely take several years, (Note: participation in the excavation, after meeting outings, and field trips is open only to current members of the Arizona Archaeological Society.) 

Meeting Time and Place

Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month, (except July & August.) We meet at 10 a.m. in the Payson Public Library in the Rumsey Park Complex at 328 N McLane Rd in Payson.  Guests are always welcome.  Meeting Location Map


You can join the Rim Country chapter of AAS with a "Single" or "Family" membership.  If you are already a member of AAS through a different chapter, you can add the Rim Country chapter to your membership by selecting "Single" or "Family" after "Dual Chapter".
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2019 Speakers

Date  Speaker Topic
Jan 5 Garry Cantley Looting of Archaeological Sites in the Southwest
Feb 2 John Pearson Flintknapping Demonstration
March 2 Sandy Lynch Clovis in the "Hood"
Apr 6 Harvey Leake The Desert is Home:  Insights Gleaned by the Weatherills from Their Years Among the Cliff Dwellers and Navajos of the Colorado Plateau
May 4 David Wilcox

Macrocosm and Microcosm in Southwestern Archaeology:

An Historical Perspective?

Jun 1 Marlon Magdalena
Jemez Flute Player  A description of his presentation is at the top of the page.
 No Meeting
 No Meeting
Sep 7
Oct 5 Butch Farabee El Camino del Diablo
Nov 2
Dec 7 Todd Bostwick

Angkor Temples and Waterworks:

The Khmer Empire of Cambodia AD 800

2019 Chapter Officers

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