Of Water and Pathways: A Short History of A Resource
Water sustains life, and has a significant role our state’s history. The myths and stories of our indigenous tribes are rich with its references. The Chemehuevi Origin tells of Ocean Woman rolling dry skin from her body to make the land. The Hopi re-enact their journey on reed rafts hopping from island to island to the “low hot shores of the fourth world.” Immigrants trod and floated Arizona’s waterways enduring great peril. Government surveyors were sent to explore and map the Colorado River—our great western Nile; and later others to tame the wild torrents with huge dams. Dr. Craváth shares our many community’s relationships to water through story, image and song.
Jay Cravath, Ph.D. is a composer, writer, and scholar in the field of music and Indigenous studies. He crafts programs from these interests into interactive discussions that include stories, musical performance, illustrations, and photography. One of his most recent publication is Iretaba: Mohave Chief and American Diplomat. Dr. Cravath released his album “Songs for Ancient Days” in 2017.
Friday, June 22
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Pinetop-Lakeside Public Library
1595 Johnson Dr. Lakeside, AZ 85929