Arizona Archaeological Society

 

 
 

Events

This page shows upcoming events by the State organization, our chapters or of archaeological interest.


Upcoming events

    • 08 Apr 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Community Building (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (near the Dairy Queen)

    BOARD VOTED TO CANCEL CORONA VIRUS CONCERNS

    DFC-AAS: April 8 – Jay Cravath

    Lecture Opportunity:

    Dr. Jay Cravath, an Arizona Humanities speaker, presents Rivers of Dreams: Stories and Music of Arizona's Waterways.  Arizona’s rivers were first lush green ribbons of life flowing through a desert landscape.  They became sustaining paths, first for indigenous explorers, and later for immigrants leaving wagon tracks and settlements.  On the Salt River, the Hohokam built vast canals to direct water for irrigation.  The first citizens of Phoenix used these same trenches.  The Mohave tribes ruled the Colorado—that great western Nile, then gave way to the paddle boats of European explorers.  The Gila provided sustenance for the Pima and passage for such brave adventurers as Father Garces and Olive Oatman.  As Arizona’s only “National Wild and Scenic River,” the Verde is home to over 50 endangered species.  Dr. Cravath intricately weaves narrative, history, music, and images to tell this remarkable story.

    Dr. Jay Craváth is a composer, writer and scholar in the field of music, humanities and Indigenous studies.  He is recently retired as Cultural Director for The Chemehuevi Indian Tribe.  Dr. Craváth has been on the Arizona Humanities Speakers Bureau since 1992.  With a Ph.D. in humanities education, he enjoys crafting programs from these interests into discussions that include stories, musical performance, and media.  Dr. Craváth’s goal is to create engaging learning experiences—“scholarship with a zing!”  Last year, he released an album of original music entitled “Songs for Ancient Days.”  You can hear his band, Dr J and the Botanicals, on his website www.jaycravath.com and around the valley.  Therein, you will also find his original documentaries, poetry, essays, and serialized novel: The Wisdom of Blood.

    The public may attend an Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter meeting at no charge, except for the holiday party in December.  The AAS-DFC meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May.  

    Reception and socialization at 7:00 pm, program begins approximately 7:30 pm.

    • 13 May 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Community Building (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (near the Dairy Queen)

    BOARD VOTED TO CANCEL CORONA VIRUS CONCERNS

    DFC-AAS: May 13 – Greg McNamee

    Gregory McNamee, The Gila: River of History.  Six hundred miles long from its source in the mountains of southwestern New Mexico to its confluence with the Colorado River above Yuma, the Gila River has been an important avenue for the movement of populations—birds, animals, plants, and peoples—across the desert for millennia.  Many cultures have sprung up on its banks, and millions of people depend on the river today—whether they know it or not.  Gregory McNamee, author of the prizewinning book Gila: The Life and Death of an American River, presents a biography of this vital resource, drawing on Native American stories, pioneer memoirs, the writings of modern naturalists such as Aldo Leopold and Edward Abbey, and other sources.  Think of it as 70 million years of history packed into an entertaining, informative hour.

    Gregory McNamee is a writer, editor, photographer, and publisher.  He is the author or title-page editor of more than 40 books and author of more than 6,000 periodical pieces, including articles, essays, reviews, interviews, editorials, poems, and short stories.  McNamee is the editor of Zócalo, an arts-and-culture magazine published in Tucson.  He is a contributing editor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.  McNamee is also a contributing editor to Kirkus Reviews, the leading publication of the book trade.  He writes regularly for many other journals and sites, and his work has appeared in such venues as Science, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Outside, Smithsonian, AARP, and Native Peoples.  McNamee operates Sonora Wordworks, an editorial and publishing service, and he has been involved in the publication of more than 500 books.  He is also the publisher of Polytropos Press.  McNamee is a lecturer in the Economics Department of the Eller College of Management and a research associate at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona.  He is also a longtime member of the Speakers Bureau of Arizona Humanities.

    The public may attend an Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter meeting at no charge, except for the holiday party in December.  The AAS-DFC meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May.  

    Reception and socialization at 7:00 pm, program begins approximately 7:30 pm.

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