The Heritage Insights Lecture Series is a component of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s (MNA) Fall Heritage Festivals – Celebraciones de la Gente and Native American Heritage Month. The series feature informative and interactive presentations from community members, culture bearers, and scholars. Explore the history, culture, and contemporary cultural identity of Native American cultures and these upcoming programs: November 2 at 6:00 p.m. the Yavapai-Apache forced march, November 11 at 2:00 p.m.: Öngtupqa Hopi flute performance, and November 29, 6:00 p.m. Dinè Women and weaving.

Learn more about the Museum of Northern Arizona Native American Heritage Month programs.

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Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits, Why Repatriation Matters
Wednesday, November 7
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Northern Arizona University – Liberal Arts Room 120

In recent years, the return of human remains and sacred objects has transformed museums and Native American communities. Dr. Colwell describes how this repatriation unfolded and why it matters by following the trail of a scalp taken in the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre. He traces the path as the scalp was removed and transformed into a war trophy, commodity, artifact, and finally back into the remains of a human worthy of respect. The process negotiates blurry lines between law and morality, politics and history, science and spirituality. The program features Chip Colwell, Senior Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. For more information, contact: Melissa Cohen at

Grab a seat and a drink and get ready to experience Archaeology Café, an annual program from Archaeology Southwest that provides an informal forum where you can learn more about the Southwest’s deep history. The monthly program returns to Phoenix and Tucson for it’s 2018-2019 season. Changing Hands in Phoenix and The Loft Cinema in Tucson will be the hosts for this season’s programs. Can’t make it in person? You can watch on Facebook Live! Learn more about Archaeology Cafe.


Life Before AD 1500 on the Upper Gila River, Southwest New Mexico
Tuesday, November 6
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Changing Hands Phoenix


New Discoveries about the Cliff Dwellers of Central Arizona
Tuesday, December 4
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The Loft Cinema Tucson

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