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Join us on May 3, 2022, when Christopher W. Schwartz (Northern Arizona University), Patricia A. Gilman (University of Oklahoma) and Stephen Plog (Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia) will discuss “Birds of the Sun: Macaws, Parrots, and People.” Macaws and parrots are colorful birds generally native to areas south of the border between the US and Mexico, but they are present in numerous archaeological sites in Arizona and New Mexico, as well as at the very large site of Paquimé just south of the border in Chihuahua. Archaeologists have paid too little attention to these birds except to highlight the existence and possible importance of interactions between the peoples of Mesoamerica and the US Southwest and Mexican Northwest. This presentation will focus on recent detailed analyses of these birds and what we know about them as a result.
How to register:
Space is limited, so register for free today at the link below to participate, and join in on the event date at 6:00 p.m. MST (what time is that compared to where I live?) through Zoom* on your preferred device. (To learn how to install Zoom, click here.) Preregistration is required before the event.
*After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Even though you’ll be able to see and hear us during this live online event, we won’t be able to see or hear you—no need to change out of pajamas or hush a barking dog, come as you are! During the presentation, you are welcome to ask questions using the question-and-answer tool within Zoom Webinar.
Can’t join us live?
No problem! About a week after each café, we’ll post videos of each presentation to the video archive on our website and to our YouTube channel. We’ll share links on our Facebook and Twitter and in our Southwest Archaeology Today and This Month at Archaeology Southwest email newsletters.
About Archaeology Café
Presented by Archaeology Southwest, a nonprofit organization that works to explore and protect places of the past, Archaeology Café is an informal forum that brings lifelong learners together with experts on the Southwest’s deep history.
About this season:
Flock to the 2021–2022 season of Archaeology Café to learn all about Avian Archaeology.
From ceremony and comestible to clothing and companionship, our winged friends have always held significance in our lives. In the ancient Southwest, as elsewhere, human-avian relationships had important social, ritual, economic, and political dimensions.
Come explore these complex relationships by examining bird remains, feather textiles, painted pottery, petroglyphs, and more, with our guest experts as your guides. You’ll gain greater insight into how the region’s peoples interacted with a variety of different birds—from turkeys to macaws—across centuries. You won’t find that in Peterson, Kaufman, or Sibley!
Let your mind take flight…by joining us on the first Tuesday of each month from October through May to learn about the latest research on human-avian relationships in the ancient Southwest. We meet virtually through Zoom, so you won’t even have to leave your nest!
View the current Archaeology Café season here.
This program was made possible by The Smith Living Trust, and by supporters like you.