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Origins of Chaco’s Scarlet Macaws
New Paper: Origins of Chaco’s Scarlet Macaws And for more than a thousand years, these birds were traded north into what is now the southwestern United States in exchange for turquoise. The ancient Pueblo great houses of Chaco Canyon (in what's now New Mexico) started importing scarlet macaws fro...
A Fine Day at Himdag Ki
Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archaeologist and Ancient Technologies Expert (March 8, 2016)—On February 26, a group of us gathered under an expansive mesquite ramada at Himdag Ki, the Tohono O’odham Cultural Center and Museum in Topawa, Arizona. I had been invited to show the group how to make at...
2015 Field School Wrap-Up
Karen Gust Schollmeyer, Field School Co-Director and Preservation Archaeologist (July 23, 2015)—The end of the Upper Gila Preservation Archaeology Field School is always a bittersweet time, as students and staff members say goodbye to the teammates we’ve worked and lived with for six very inte...
In the kaigim of our ancestors who once inhabited this land
Marcy Pablo, Tohono O'odham College kaigim [guy-gym]—animal hide sandals (Tohono O’odham word for sandals) My journey started out at our local Himdag Ki: cultural center and museum on the Tohono O’odham Nation. While taking a couple of archaeology classes at Pima Community College, I became ...
Prelude to Fieldwork
Leslie Aragon, Field Supervisor Last week, we kicked off the 2014 Preservation Archaeology Field School. Students arrived in Tucson from all over the country, from Hawaii to Massachusetts, and spent a few days learning about Preservation Archaeology and Salado culture. At the Himdag Ki museum in T...