– Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Announces New Editor :It is with great pleasure that the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society (AAHS) and Alta Mira Press announce the selection of Dr. Stephen (Steve) Lekson as the new Acquisitions Editor for KIVA: The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History. Steve is also Curator of Anthropology at the Museum of Natural History on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder. Steve brings to AAHS a broad research interest in archaeology, a distinguished book and journal publication record including articles in KIVA, and served on the KIVA Editorial Board from 1987-1990. The outgoing Acquisitions Editor, Dr. Ronald (Ron) H. Towner passes on to Steve a robust journal with a healthy stack of articles awaiting publication. Please send manuscripts for consideration to Dr. Stephen Lekson, KIVA Acquisitions Editor; Museum of Natural History; University of Colorado; Boulder, Co 80309-0218; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Books for review should be sent to Dr. Anna Neuzil, KIVA Book Reviews Editor, Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society; Arizona State Museum; PO Box 210026; University of Arizona; Tucson, AZ 85721-0026.
– Continued Support for a Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area: Here we see traces of ancient Hohokam settlements, Spanish missions and Mexican and Anglo ranches, and a modern blending of all these cultures. Some folks think this makes us special, and their efforts to secure a National Heritage Area designation for the Santa Cruz River Valley are about to kick into high gear. The designation, which requires federal legislation, would recognize the unique role this region played in American history and make us eligible for up to $1 million a year in federal grants.
– 90th Anniversary of Bandolier National Monument: Monitor Senior Reporter
“I really want everyone to enjoy this celebration and have fun,” Bandelier Superintendent Darlene Koontz said as she welcomed dignitaries and well-wishers to the national monument’s 90th birthday party Wednesday. And have fun they did. The 250 attendees had the opportunity to observe local Native American artisans demonstrate their crafts. Santa Clara Pueblo artist Sharon Naranjo-Garcia demonstrated techniques for creating pottery handed down to her from her ancestors.
– Wealth and Navajo Blankets: Navajo blankets of the classic era (mid-to-late 19th century) have long been valued. As Nancy Blomberg, curator of native arts at the Denver Art Museum, points out, “They were widely traded with other tribes like the Ute, the Cheyenne and the Sioux, afforded and worn only by persons of wealth and stature.” Indeed, the term “chief’s blanket” comes not from Navajo-the nomadic, clan-based culture didn’t even have chiefs-but from the fact that high-ranking members of other tribes acquired the striking textiles as badges of their wealth and power.
– New Director for Glendale’s Bead Museum: Katie Anderson traces her love of anthropology to an early fascination with King Tut and other cultures she explored through reading. That passion stuck with her throughout the years and influenced her decision to take on a new role as the Bead Museum’s executive director. Anderson, 40, started the job in July.
– San Diego Considers Reconstruction of Prehistoric Site: The Old Town State Historic Park would acquire the 2?-acre site of the former Caltrans headquarters, then excavate and reconstruct historic structures buried underneath it under a plan being worked out between the two state agencies. The state park hopes to recreate the look of the banks of the San Diego River, which once ran through the site, as they existed for pre-historic cultures.