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Knowledge seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café—now happening live and online for all to enjoy from the comfort of home. Join us on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 as John R. Welch, Director of Archaeology Southwest’s Landscape and Site Preservation Program, takes us on virtual tours of two of upland Arizona’s classic pueblos and earliest national historic landmarks, Casa Malpais and Kinishba. The talk explores parallels and convergences in the ancient histories and recent redevelopment efforts of these two great places. Learn what makes these places special, discover what they tell us about life long (and not so long) ago, and plan your future outing—all from home.
Space is limited, so register for free today at the link below to participate, and join in at 6:00 p.m. (MST) on May 5, 2020, through Zoom* on your preferred device. If you’re unable to register, you can still enjoy a video recording of the presentation, which will be available on our YouTube channel within days of 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 (so there’s no need to change out of pajamas or hush a barking dog—feel free to come as you are).
Make your popcorn, pour your drinks, and bring your questions about these special places.
ABOUT KINISHBA AND CASA MALPAIS
“No two sites better represent the unmistakable dedication by ancestral Zuni and Hopi to inscribing their lifeway wherever they settled. Trips to Casa Malpais and Kinishba evoke both distinctive senses of wondrous places and common commitments to the creation of plaza-focused towns adjacent to vast expanses of arable land along both sides of the Salt River–Little Colorado River watershed divide, circa 1200–1400.
Both of these pueblos have been justly recognized by the Federal Government as national historic landmarks, and visitors soon appreciate not only the industry of the original builders, but also that of those who have served as stewards and boosters. We owe great debts to Byron Cummings and the White Mountain Apache Tribe for preserving Kinishba and to the Town of Springerville to carrying Casa Malpais forward into perpetuity.”
—John R. Welch
Explore more online:
For a quick overview of both sites, download our printable visitor’s guide, here (opens as a PDF).
Read Archaeology Southwest Magazine (Vol. 30, No. 1), “The Site That Nobody Really Knows: Kinishba Reawakened,” available as a free PDF download through May 31, 2020, here.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. John R. Welch is the Director of the Landscape and Site Preservation Program at Archaeology Southwest. He has spent three decades facilitating research, resource management, and outreach partnerships with tribes in upland Arizona and New Mexico, as well as First Nations in coastal British Columbia. Welch served as the archaeologist and historic preservation officer for the White Mountain Apache Tribe from 1992 to 2005, and continues on the board of the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation, a tribally chartered non-profit he helped found in 1997. Welch joined the faculties of Simon Fraser University’s Archaeology Department and School of Resource and Environmental Management as a Canada Research Chair (tier 2) in 2005, and has published widely on opportunities and challenges at the interface of cultural and resource management in indigenous settings.
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
Register here ahead of time, and meet us virtually through your preferred device using Zoom. Cameras and microphones aren’t necessary, as you’ll be able to write us your questions in real time during the Question and Answer session.
Archaeology Café is free, so be sure to invite your family and friends.
CAN’T MAKE IT?
No problem. Videos of each Café will also be available at www.archaeologysouthwest.org/video after each event.
This program was made possible by Arizona Humanities and The Smith Living Trust.