Archaeology making the news – a service of the Center for Desert Archaeology.
– Glittering bits of legend draw dreamers to Utah: Hidden somewhere behind this rock at a place called the Polecreek sinks, the retired science teacher believes, is an old Spanish mine laden with gold. So what if any trace of the mine has long since vanished? Or if that tunnel – $100,000 worth of digging, drilling and blasting by men as convinced as he was – turned up nothing?
– Navajo leader testifies during San Francisco Peaks trial: Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr., testified during the trial into the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to use “reclaimed” water on the San Francisco Peaks, a site sacred to the Navajo and other tribes in the region.
– El Camino Real de Tierra Adentero: With the dedication of El Camino Real International Heritage Center set for Nov. 19, it is appropriate to reflect on the importance of this historic trail on New Mexico and her people.
– Historic site offers insight into lives of Washoe Tribe: With a backdrop of the Nevada National Guard Building and a prison, John Hohmann and a team of 25 archaeologists from the Louis Berger Group are hoping to learn from the dirt.
– KOKOPELLI EXHIBIT OPENS AT ANASAZI STATE PARK MUSEUM: Visit Anasazi State Park Museum to learn more about a popular southwestern symbol in a new exhibit entitled, Flute Player or Kokopelli? Members of the Flute Clan of the Hopi Tribe will be honored guests and will discuss their Flute Player at the opening for this year-long exhibit, 7 p.m. Thursday, November 10. Popular Southwestern folklore often describes Kokopelli as a fertility symbol. But who is Kokopelli?
Among the Hopi people, the flute player, who frequently appears in Southwest rock art, does not always represent the fertility figure commonly called Kokopelli. He has many different meanings depending on context and specific features. Hopi Flute Clan members say the flute player images that appear in rock art, represent their traditions and migrations.
Anasazi State Park Museum is located at 460 North Highway 12 in Boulder, Utah. For more information, please call (435) 335-7308. Contact: Don Montoya
– HISTORIC SITES PHOTOGRAPHER TO DISCUSS “PRESENCE WITHIN ABANDONMENT” AT THE ANASAZI HERITAGE CENTER: On Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 pm, the Bureau of Land Management Anasazi Heritage Center will host a lecture by Thomas Carr, staff archaeologist for the Colorado Historical Society and creator of the current special exhibit “Presence Within Abandonment: Photography, Archaeology, and Western Historic Sites.” Carr, a graduate of CU Boulder with master’s degree in Anthropology, has fused his twin passions for photography and history into a compelling vision of so-called “empty” places in Colorado and neighboring states. “Archaeology and photography have a lot in common,” says Carr, noting that their roots are entwined in the mid-nineteenth century. In 1839, the first metal-plate daguerreotypes were praised by archaeologists for recording fine architectural details without the bias of the human eye. When English chemist and egyptologist William Talbot perfected the use of paper negatives in the 1840s, news of his breakthrough spread quickly through the archaeological world. In the 20th century photography became a standard tool for archaeologists, gaining reliability and precision while gradually losing the more romantic approach of its pioneers. But photographers like Carr want to keep alive the personal feeling of older times. He says he searches out “places with subtle indications of past human presence…that sense of presence is what I seek in my photography.”
Carr says his artistic influences include Eugene Atget, Fay Godwin, Edward Weston, and Paul Caponigro. Technically, he practices a loosely-applied form of the Ansel Adams zone system. He works with 6×6 cm and 4×5 inch format cameras, and makes both traditional silver-emulsion and archival ink-jet prints. Carr’s work has been shown in many juried, group, and solo exhibitions over the last 25 years. The exhibit “Presence Within Abandonment” will continue through March 30, 2006. The museum is free and open daily from 9 to 4 except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The nonprofit Canyonlands Natural History Association manages the museum shop with new gift items for the holiday season. For more information, call the museum at 970) 882-5600 or visit the museum’s website. contact: Michael Williams, Anasazi Heritage Center.