DOLORES –Archaeologist Jeffery Clark comes to the Anasazi Heritage Center to present “The Kayenta: A Powerful Immigrant Minority in the Hohokam World,” Sunday, May 13, at 1 p.m.
Clark’s talk about this migration in northeastern Arizona, 700 years ago, when thousands left their homes to trek south, complements the museum’s special exhibit Pieces of the Puzzle: New Perspectives on the Hohokam.
The Hohokam people were early farmers in the Phoenix and Tucson basins. They dug irrigation canals, made the first pottery in the Southwest, etched designs on bracelets cut from imported shell, burned incense in carved stone bowls, and played a Mexican-style ball game.
Sometime in the late 1200s, a new people arrived who maintained old customs and built distinctive enclaves, a community in diaspora. Over time, both conflict and cooperation led to a complicated cultural pattern that archaeologists call Salado.
Jeffery Clark is a preservation archaeologist with Archaeology Southwest, a nonprofit research foundation in Tucson, Arizona.
“Preservation archaeology is a conservation-based and low-impact approach to big-picture questions,” Clark explains. “We create meaningful connections to the past by protecting sites and sharing our findings with the public.”
This event, part of the Four Corners Lecture Series, is jointly sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, Fort Lewis College, the Cortez Cultural Center, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, and KSJD Public Radio.
Lectures and events take place in variety of locations throughout the area, and all events are free.
Admission to the entire museum will be free all day Sunday, May 13.
The Anasazi Heritage Center, three miles west of Dolores on Highway 184, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit the museum’s web site at www.blm.gov/co/ahc
May 19 Sketching Hike in Canyons of the Ancients
DOLORES – Joyce Heuman, Artist-in-Residence at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, will lead interested artists on a hiking and sketching tour on Saturday, May 19. Participation is limited to 15 people; call 882-5600 to reserve a place.
Participants of any age or art skill level are welcome to join the group.
The Bureau of Land Management chose Canyons of the Ancients for its inaugural Artist-in-Residence program, promoting awareness of the exceptional places protected within the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System and providing opportunities for learning and dialog about the value of public lands. Support also has been provided by the San Juan Mountains Association.
Heuman, a watercolorist and aficionado of local history, who lives in the Cortez area, is the second of four artists-in-residence scheduled to work in the Monument this summer, May 13-19.
“Joyce’s twin passions for painting and nature are evident in all her work,” said Marietta Eaton, BLM Anasazi Heritage Center/Canyons of the Ancients National Monument manager.
Heuman has exhibited art in various galleries and venues throughout the southwest, and is currently employed by Crow Canyon Archaeological Center near Cortez. Some of her recent work is currently on display in a group show at the Mancos Visitor Center through the end of May.
“A walk through this spectacular landscape is a journey through time, and many places show evidence of early habitation,” said Heuman. “Our imaginations are activated by intriguing alcoves that shelter the remains of ancient homes. On our hike we will sketch, walk, and share impressions of our surroundings. Do you see the canyons though the eyes of a biologist, a geologist or a historian? Join me to explore a unique point of view.”
The group will depart from the lower Sand Canyon trailhead,
in McElmo Canyon, 12 miles east of Highway 461 on County Road G, at 9:30 a.m. To reserve a space, call 970/882-5600. The Anasazi Heritage Center, three miles west of Dolores on Highway 184, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the museum’s web site at www.blm.gov/co/ahc.
Wright Opera House Hosts Groundbreaking Singer/Songwriter Series
OURAY – Ouray’s newest summer concert series takes place on its most venerable stage, when the Wright Opera House hosts five talented singer/songwriters from across the nation, June through September.
The new folk supergroup Red Horse ushers in the summer concert series on Saturday, June 9, with veteran songwriters Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky. The three women cover each other’s songs and breathe new life into old favorites, with full harmonies and sparse instrumentation.
Jude Johnston, who frequently tours with Bonnie Raitt and writes songs sung by Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, comes to the Wright Friday, July 6. Johnson’s singing “summons heartbreak with rootsy yearning and elegant restraint,” according to USA Today.
Sarah Hickman, Official State Musician of Texas, who tours with Billy Bragg, Nanci Griffith and Dan Fogelberg, and writes songs for Willie Nelson, Shawn Colvin, Ruthie Foster, brings her kid-friendly trio, Family Time Rocks, to the Wright Saturday, July 21, with a family concert in the afternoon, and an evening performance.
Griffin House, featured on the CBS Sunday Morning Show, who tours with John Mellencamp and the Cranberries, gives a a live performance at the Wright Opera House on Saturday, Aug. 11.
Guitarist/lyricist David Wilcox wraps up the Wright’s Summer Concert Series with a Labor Day Weekend concert on Saturday, Sept. 1. “My songs are either beckoning me toward a way to feel more alive, or else marking a hole I don’t want to fall in again,” he says of his music. Wilcox, called “Folkin’ Great” by The San Francisco Bay Guardian, will teach a musician’s workshop at the Wright Opera House on Sunday, Sept. 2. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit thewrightoperahouse.org or call 970/325-4399.