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. Join us as Dr. Bill Doelle challenges us to think big with a presentation entitles “The Greater Gila River: Public Lands, Tribal Lands, and Our Connections to These Places.”
Now home to nearly six million people, the Greater Gila River basin is tamed by dams and pumped such that stretches of its watercourses are usually dry. But it was not always this way. The river and its tributaries were once lifelines and travel corridors for diverse peoples of the southern Southwest. Tribal and public lands (National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and others) make up much of the river basin today. Dr. Doelle will explore the relationships of modern groups, including today’s tribes, to these lands.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Doelle is President and CEO of Archaeology Southwest and has more than 30 years of experience as a professional archaeologist. He has worked extensively in Mexico, Guatemala, and the North American Southwest. His primary research interest is the demographic history of the Greater Southwest. He is the founder of two Tucson-based organizations dedicated to respectfully exploring the Southwest’s past and sharing that story with everyone.
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.