Knowledge-seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café at Changing Hands for a season of programs exploring the deep and diverse history of Phoenix and the greater Southwest in a jargon-free zone. Dr. Melissa Kruse-Peeples and Bernard Siquieros will explore “Sonoran Desert Food and Lifeways, Past and Present.”
The Sonoran Desert is definitely not a food desert, and has dozens of edible wild plants and ancient arid-adapted agricultural food crops. In this talk, Kruse-Peeples and Siquieros will provide an overview of the food history of the Sonoran Desert and ways you can enjoy many of the flavors of the desert today.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Melissa Kruse-Peeples, Ph.D., is a Sonoran Desert foodie at heart and enjoys growing, cooking, and exploring the region’s unique flavors. She works as an Educator for Native Seeds/SEARCH, a non-profit agricultural seed bank, and as a Community Garden Coordinator for Native Health, a non-profit health and wellness service provider. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University in 2014 where she studied the long-term sustainability of ancient agriculture and water harvesting practices in Central Arizona.
Bernard Siquieros is an enrolled member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and is currently employed as the Curator of Education at the Tohono O’odham Nation’s Cultural Center and Museum. A former Archaeology Southwest Board member, he has served as counselor, researcher, program coordinator, and education administrator in education entities on and off the Tohono O’odham Nation.
ABOUT ARCHAEOLOGY CAFÉ
Presented by Archaeology Southwest, a nonprofit organization working across the Southwest to explore and protect the places of our past, Archaeology Café is an informal forum where adults can learn more about the Southwest’s deep history and speak directly to experts. At Archaeology Café, we break down the static, jargon-laden dynamic of traditional lectures, and have an expert share some ideas with the group in ways that get discussion going. (Food and drink make things a little livelier, too.)
WHEN & WHERE
We gather at around 5:30 p.m. at the Changing Hands Bookstore (300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix AZ) to visit and enjoy food and beverages. The program begins at 6 p.m.
Find plenty of free public parking west of Changing Hands Phoenix, at 400 and 444 West Camelback. Additional free public parking is across Camelback to the south.
Don’t want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Changing Hands.
Archaeology Café is free. Guests are encouraged to purchase their own refreshments from the First Draft Book Bar. Offerings include wine, local craft beers, delicious coffee, and a selection of bar foods. After the Café, stick around and have dinner next door at the Southern Rail Restaurant. Or, call Southern Rail ahead of time, order a meal to go, pick it up prior to the Café start, and bring it with you to enjoy before or during the presentation!
CAN’T MAKE IT?
Email us or call 520-882-6946 ext. 23.
This program was made possible by Arizona Humanities and The Smith Living Trust.