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Field Museum Takes an Unflinching Look at Cultural Representation at the 1893 Worlds Fair
On the anthropological front, the exhibition’s criticism becomes more explicit. On the Midway Plaisance park in Chicago, natives of various cultures were displayed in mock villages. “Nearly all of the fair’s cultural exhibits are troubling to anthropologists today,” the exhibition notes. “Reconstructed villages often made native people seem ‘less advanced’ to reinforce a central message of the fair: the Western world was the most advanced civilization” — a view “offensive by today’s standards.”
http://nyti.ms/183ZHFU – New York Times
Kinder Morgan Donates Funds for Site Steward Program
Kinder Morgan CO2 has donated $10,000.00 to Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance specifically earmarked for the Monument Cultural Site Stewardship Program. Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance, founded in February, 2013, is a non-profit partner dedicated to the support of BLM Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Anasazi Heritage Center. The Monument Cultural Site Stewardship Program consists of trained volunteers who actively monitor archaeological sites on the Monument for signs of vandalism and degradation due to natural, human, and animal causes. For more information about Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance or the Monument Cultural Site Stewardship Program, please contact Diane McBride, 970-882-5628, or firstname.lastname@example.org. See the website for Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance to learn more and how you can get involved: http://bit.ly/18RacMg.
Preservation Archaeology: The Cliff Valley Cache
In 1972, a cache of truly remarkable items—a large, wooden human figure and a slightly smaller stone human figure accompanied by animal effigies, textiles, and wooden objects—was recovered from a cave in the Cliff Valley, along the Upper Gila River in New Mexico. The objects are described in a 1978 University of New Mexico master’s thesis by Henry Walt (and most of the information in this post comes from Walt). I knew of the cache, but I didn’t know that it had been purchased by the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC)—so I was very surprised to stumble across it in a gallery at the AIC on a weekend visit last month. Seeing the objects in person prompted me to go back to the report and to think about how these objects fit in with our work in the Upper Gila. https://www.archaeologysouthwest.org/2013/10/30/faces-of-salado/
Lecture Opportunity – Santa Fe
Southwest Seminars Presents Dr. Paul Zolbrod, translator, playwright, scholar and Professor Emeritus of Literature, Allegheny College and Adjunct Instructor, Dine College, Crownpoint; Research Associate, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture; and Author Dine Behane: The Navajo Creation Story who will give a lecture A Navajo Myth for Hunting and The Natural World of Animals onNov. 11 at 6pm at Hotel Santa Fe as part of the Mother Earth Father Sky: Perspectives on the Natural Sciences and Environment of the American West Lecture Series held annually to honor and acknowledge the work of The New Mexico Environmental Law Center. No reservations are necessary. Limited seating. Admission is $12 at the door and refreshments are served. Contact Connie Eichstatedt, tel: 505 466-2775; email: email@example.com http://bit.ly/YhJddr
Lecture Opportunity – Tucson
On Thursday November 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center sponsors the “Third Thursday Food for Thought” dinner with the presentation “Archaeological Resource Crime” by Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Archaeologist Garry J. Cantley at Guillermo’s Double LL Mexican Restaurant, 1830 S. 4th Ave., South Tucson, Arizona. Garry will show photographs of looted archaeological sites and discuss current strategies for preventing theft and vandalism on public and Indian lands. Guests may select and purchase their own dinners from the restaurant’s menu. There is no entry fee but donations will be requested to benefit Old Pueblo’s educational efforts. Because seating is limited in order for the program to be in compliance with the Fire Code, those wishing to attend must call 520-798-1201 and must have their reservations confirmed before 5 p.m. Wednesday November 20.
Reminder: Join Us Tuesday for the Next Archaeology Cafe in Tucson
On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, E. Charles (Chuck) Adams will share a big-picture view informed by his decades of research in northeastern Arizona as he considers population movement over a period of about 3,000 years. We gather after 5:00 p.m., and presentations begin by 6:15 p.m. Seating is open and unreserved, but limited. Share tables and make new friends! The event is free. Please support our hosts at Casa Vicente by ordering refreshments from the menu.
Thanks to Dave and Kits Sarther for their contribution to this week’s newsletter.