Archaeology making the news – a service of the Center for Desert Archaeology.
– Navajos protest water talks with Peabody Coal: Navajos marched to the Navajo Nation Council and protested the tribe’s negotiations with Peabody Coal, opposing the use of Navajos’ pristine aquifer water by coal mines and power plants. Navajos from remote areas, many of whom live without running water and drive long distances to haul their drinking water, protested ongoing negotiations with Peabody Coal for continued use of the N and C aquifers’ water for coal slurry in Arizona.
-New book brings Puebloan culture to life: Puebloan Ruins of the Southwest, by Arthur H. Rohn and William M. Ferguson, University of New Mexico Press, $34.95, softcover, 320 pages with drawings, maps and 327 color photographs. Rohn and Ferguson cover southwestern Colorado’s Northern San Juan River region in which the popular tourist destination Mesa Verde lies, as well as the Kayenta Region, which is home to Canyon de Chelly and the Grand Canyon ruins. The civilization from the Pithouse period to modern-day villages is laid out before the reader in an easy to read textbook fashion.
– A proper reburial at Mesa Verde: A tiny gathering of Hopi leaders laid to rest more than 1,500 ancient Puebloan remains in a private ceremony at Mesa Verde National Park last week, ending a 12-year effort to return their ancestors to the earth.
– Kennewick Man Skeletal Find May Revolutionalize Continent’s History: What the experts were able to ascertain from their brief encounter with Kennewick is that he did not look like a Native American. In fact, a Middle Tennessee State University researcher says Kennewick’s facial features are most similar to those of a Japanese group called the Ainu, who have a different physical makeup and cultural background from the ethnic Japanese.
– Follow-up from April 21 Southwest Archaeology Today issue:
Hands On Course in Southwestern Ceramics offered in Tucson: Learn the history of ceramics in Southern Arizona and how to construct traditional pottery including gathering and processing native clay, coil building, painting and outdoor firing. Tools will be provided. Additional supplies and processed native clay will be available for purchase.
This link will bring you to the class description and number:
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Instructor’s website (Andy Ward) is at: http://palatkwapi.com/
– Executive Director Search-Fort Apache Heritage Foundation, Inc.
The Fort Apache Heritage Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation chartered by the White Mountain Apache Tribe seeks an inaugural Executive Director. Duties will include organizational development, fundraising, and coordination with Tribal and other partners in the Foundation’s management of rehabilitation and revitalization of the Fort Apache National Register Historic District. Primary duty station will be Fort Apache, located in the foothills of eastern Arizona’s White Mountains near the center of WMAT lands. Salary DOE with excellent WMAT employee benefits. Please submit letter of interest, resume, and names and contact information for three referees to P.O. Box 507, Fort Apache, AZ 85926. For more information, contact Vice President Raymond Endfield at (928) 338-1230 (RayEndfield@wmat.us) or Treasurer Karl Hoerig at (928) 338-4625 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin May 1, 2006 and continue until the position is filled.