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National Park Services – Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

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November 2022

Our River Stories: The Gila and the Salt with Zarco Guerrero

November 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument – Visitor Center Theater, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge, AZ 85128 United States
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Join Zarco for a series of stories that share the vibrant and tragic history of water and the River People, over a 2,000 year period. Beginning with the Toltec trade route that brought agriculture and corn to the Southwest. The history of the O’Odham before and after the expansion west is revealed. We learn about the Yaqui Indians who fled persecution and found refuge in Arizona rebuilding the ancient canal system. A descendant of the first Mormon settlers tells his…

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December 2022

Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Southwestern Rock Art with Allen Dart

December 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument – Visitor Center Theater, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge, AZ 85128 United States
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Ancient American Indian petroglyphs (symbols carved or pecked on rocks) and pictographs (rock paintings) are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which meanings are known. But are such claims supported by archaeology or by Native Americans? Archaeologist Allen Dart illustrates how petroglyph and pictograph styles changed through time and over different parts of the U.S. Southwest both before and after non-Indian peoples entered the region, and discusses how even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted…

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More than Pocahontas and Squaws: Indigenous Women Coming into Visibility with Dr. Laura Tohe

December 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument – Visitor Center Theater, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge, AZ 85128 United States
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This visual presentation shows how Indigenous American women have contributed service to Arizona and the US, yet were stereotyped in films and remain invisible in the media. Nevertheless, they have been honored in all areas of public service—law, medicine, literature, military and activism with awards such as, the Presidential Freedom, the McArthur (genius award), the Secretary of Interior, and others. Among some traditional tribal cultures, women’s lives are modeled after female heroes and sacred women who exemplify and express courage…

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Plants of the Mojave Desert and the Traditional Tribal Uses with Carrie Cannon

December 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument – Visitor Center Theater, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge, AZ 85128 United States
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Although the desert may seem like a desolate landscape devoid of life, it is actually home to hundreds of unique species. Some are only visible or appear alive for a short time, others grow for hundreds of years, and many are not found anywhere else on earth. Participants will learn about the many traditional Tribal plants uses, what plant life makes North American Deserts so unique, and how the Mojave stands apart from the rest of America. This program is…

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January 2023

Dams, Mines, and Hotels: Media and Misinformation Affecting the Grand Canyon with Dr. Matthew Goodwin

January 4, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument – Visitor Center Theater, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge, AZ 85128 United States
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In 1961 a newspaper article discussed a proposal to build an 18-story, 600-room hotel inside the Grand Canyon descending from the south rim to the canyon floor. A letter-writing campaign ensued that succeeded in blocking the hotel. But lawmakers instead passed a bill that allowed the company to mine uranium there—they never had any intention of building the hotel. In 1967 a newspaper ad asked, “Should we also flood the Sistine chapel, so tourists can get nearer the ceiling?” This…

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