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December 2022

Southwest Rock Calendars and Ancient Time Pieces with Allen Dart

December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Phippen Museum, 4701 N Hwy 89
Prescott, AZ 86301 United States
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Native Americans in the U.S. Southwest developed sophisticated skills in astronomy and predicting the seasons, centuries before non-Indian peoples entered the region. In this presentation archaeologist Allen Dart discusses the petroglyphs at Picture Rocks, the architecture of the “Great House” at Arizona’s Casa Grande Ruins, and other archaeological evidence of ancient southwestern astronomy and calendrical reckoning, and interprets how these discoveries may have related to ancient Native American rituals. This program is cohosted by the Phippen Museum. This is an…

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February 2023

For the Love of Turquoise with Carrie Calisay Cannon

February 11, 2023 @ 1:00 am - 2:00 pm
Phippen Museum, 4701 N Hwy 89
Prescott, AZ 86301 United States
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Turquoise has a long standing tradition amongst Native cultures of the Southwest, holding special significance and profound meanings to specific individual tribes. Even before the more contemporary tradition of combining silver with turquoise, cultures throughout the southwest used turquoise in necklaces, earrings, mosaics, fetishes, medicine pouches, and made bracelets of basketry stems lacquered with piñon resin and inlaid turquoise. Found on six continents across the world, turquoise forms in arid regions through the process of water seeping through rock and…

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April 2023

Jerome-Too Stubborn to Die-How the Town Survived Numerous “Near-Death” Experiences with Jay Mark

April 8, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Phippen Museum, 4701 N Hwy 89
Prescott, AZ 86301 United States
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Numerous fires, landslides, floods, labor strikes, polluted air, epidemics, Depression, recessions, financial collapse, one adversity after another. Any one of these might spell the end of a lesser community. But, in Arizona, one town survived these “near-death” experiences, and more; yet managed to survive. Some might even say, “thrive.” This presentation looks at the numerous disasters, tragedies and setbacks Jerome faced in its first ¾ century. And still come out on top. From the time in prehistory when the Sinagua’s…

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May 2023

They Beat the Heat: How Arizonans Survived the Desert Heat in the Days Before Air Conditioning with Christine Reid

May 13, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Phippen Museum, 4701 N Hwy 89
Prescott, AZ 86301 United States
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Drawing from multi-cultural influences of the variety of people who helped build Arizona, discover how creative adaptations in lifestyle, architecture, building materials, town planning and even humor all contributed to surviving intense desert temperatures. What have we forgotten and what can we learn from the wisdom of those who came before as climate becomes a vital and daily issue in life today? Using newspaper clippings, anecdotes, and photographs, the story is told how Arizonans adjusted to life in the desert…

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