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Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
520-723-3172 www.nps.gov/cagr

February 2016

Arts and Culture of Ancient Southern Arizona Hohokam Indians

February 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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The Hohokam Native American culture flourished in southern Arizona from the sixth through fifteenth centuries. Hohokam artifacts, architecture, and other material culture provide archaeologists with clues for identifying where the Hohokam lived, interpreting how they adapted to the Sonoran Desert for centuries, and explaining why their culture mysteriously disappeared. In this presentation Dart illustrates the material culture of the Hohokam and present possible interpretations about their relationships to the natural world, time reckoning, religious practices, beliefs, and deities, and possible…

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Ancient Native American Astronomical Practices

February 17, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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Throughout history, the ability of a people to survive and thrive has been tied to environmental conditions.  The skill to predict the climatic change of the seasons was an essential element in the ability to “control” those conditions.  Seasonal calendars thus became the foundation of early cultures: hunting and gathering, planting and harvesting, worshiping and celebrating were activities dictated by specific times of the year.  All of these activities have fostered the identity and strength of cultures. Kenneth Zoll is…

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Arizona’s Civilian Conservation Corps in Our National Parks and Forests

February 24, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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In 1933, at the nadir of the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was born. This New Deal program was designed to help unemployed young men learn new skills and earn a dollar a day to support both themselves and their families. CCCers fervently claim that this opportunity gave them the confidence and skills to tackle any challenge; it forever changed their lives. These men built the roads, trails, picnic areas, ranger stations, fire lookouts and public campgrounds that…

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February 2017

Ancient Landscapes of the American Southwest – Coolidge

February 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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The American Southwest is world-renown for its colorful and spectacular landscapes like Grand Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, the Superstition Mountains, and the Sonoran Desert. But how did these wonders come to exist and what can ordinary rocks tell us about their ancient origins? You’ll be amazed to learn that the Southwest was once the site of warm, tropical beaches; shifting dunes in Sahara-like deserts; coastlines stalked by large dinosaurs; and rivers that once flowed towards the present-day site of the…

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Ancient Native American Astronomical Practices – Coolidge

February 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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Throughout history, the ability of a people to survive and thrive has been tied to environmental conditions.  The skill to predict the climatic change of the seasons was an essential element in the ability to “control” those conditions. Seasonal calendars thus became the foundation of early cultures: hunting and gathering, planting and harvesting, worshiping and celebrating were activities dictated by specific times of the year. All of these activities have fostered the identity and strength of cultures. Kenneth Zoll is…

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Plants, Inspiring the People: Reflections on Hualapai Ethnobotany of the Grand Canyon – Coolidge

February 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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Where lies the cure to diabetes? “Ask the prickly pear, or the mesquite bean pod…maybe they will tell you.” This is the answer you may hear from elder instructors of the Hualapai Ethnobotany Youth Project. The ethnobotanical story of the Hualapai Tribe begins with the plant knowledge the people have inherited from their great grandparents who lived entirely off the land. Hualapai grandchildren live in a completely different modern world. A world of cell phones, text messages, and ipods. Information…

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Growing Up Chicana in Morenci, Arizona – Coolidge

February 22, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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Through a slide presentation of the town before its destruction in the late 1960s, readings from Suffer Smoke and Water from the Moon, and oral history interviews, Díaz Björkquist portrays the lives of girls and women of Morenci in their own voices. It is a historically accurate picture of life for Mexican Americans in a segregated copper mining town from the 1920s to the late 1960s. This inspirational presentation pays tribute to four generations of Chicanas who, in spite of…

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January 2018

Father Kino: Journey to Discovery – Coolidge

January 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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Father Kino bridged the gap between the Anglo world and the Native American through his charismatic and caring heart. He was a cartographer, explorer, geographer, scientist, and a man with a mission. Through his knowledge of agriculture, he introduced new livestock breeds and taught animal husbandry to the native to increase the stock. The new plants and fruit trees he brought to the New World gave the native a variety of foods to eat and increased their ability to withstand…

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In Her Shoes: Celebrating Women’s History – Casa Grande

January 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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During this workshop students will have the opportunity to learn about the historical achievements of popular U.S American women, in addition to contributions made by African America, Latino, and Native American women. Additionally, students will learn about the social and political background surrounding each woman presented in order to understand why their achievements and contributions were considered significant. The timeline will cover events such as the Seneca Falls Conference, the Women’s Suffrage Movement, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement,…

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“Protecting a Way of Life” Kinship Responsibilities

January 24, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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Royce Manuel (Akimel O’odham) best describes his work through the “Tools of Yesterday” using plant fiber, primitive bows & arrows, knapping stone, and making agave plant cordage. As a tribal and cultural educator and member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Royce and Debbie specializes in the revival and teaching of artistic traditions while renewing and protecting indigenous knowledge for generations to come. Debbie’s traditional and bi-cultural lifestyles, provides valuable insight and practices in both urban and tribal community…

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February 2018

The Ancient Hohokam Ballgame of Arizona – Coolidge

February 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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The ancient Hohokam culture of Arizona constructed at least 200 ball courts more than 800 years ago. These oval depressions were likely used to play a ball game that originated in southern Mexico, where the game was played with a rubber ball and had a very important role in reenacting the creation of humans in this world. This presentation will describe the recorded Hohokam ball courts located within Hohokam villages scattered throughout Arizona, summarize what archaeologists propose they were used…

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Along the California Trail – Coolidge

February 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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An ancient set of Indian paths and the natural flow of the Gila River created a major artery for travel through pioneer Arizona. The Gila provided a route for the earliest traders, including Toltecs of Mexico, who traded with the Anasazi and Hohokam. The intrepid Padre Francisco Garces, performed missionary work during six excursions along the trail. U.S. surveying expeditions, immigrants—such as the ill-fated Oatman family—and seekers of the California gold fields join the list. The journals, stories, songs and…

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November 2018

Ancient Southwestern Native American Pottery – Coolidge

November 28, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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In this presentation, Mr. Dart shows and discusses Native American ceramic styles that characterized specific peoples and eras in the U.S. Southwest prior to about 1450, and talks about how archaeologists use pottery for dating archaeological sites and interpreting ancient lifeways. He discusses the importance of context in archaeology, such as how things people make change in style over time and how different styles are useful in identifying different cultures and dating archaeological sites. His many illustrations include examples of…

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December 2018

Arizona Stories: Frontier Characters and Communities – Coolidge

December 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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From mammoth hunters and canal builders to Native Americans, Hispanics, Americans, Irish, Serbians, and just about every nationality under the sun, Arizona has always been a land of many cultures. And while the Earps and the Geronimo are world famous, Arizona can also be proud of its unsung men and women and cooperative communities. Here we will share Arizona’s experiences from the famous to the little known, from Native American ceremonies to mining booms, cattle drives, cotton harvests, and religious…

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Father Kino: Journey to Discovery – Coolidge

December 12, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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Father Kino was a cartographer, explorer, geographer, scientist, and a man with a mission. Through his knowledge of agriculture, he introduced new livestock breeds and shared expertise on animal husbandry to native groups in the area. The new plants and fruit trees he brought to the New World introduced a variety of foods to eat and contributed to the advancement of agricultural techniques, such as how to withstand seasonal changes. His scientific knowledge allowed him to make new discoveries. Dr.…

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LGBTQ: A History in Arizona – Coolidge

December 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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Arizona’s history of the LGBTQ community begins long before Arizona was a state with the Native American belief of two-spirits, continues on through to the seismic shift of Marriage Equality. There are some surprises along the way as we talk about artists such as Keith Haring and George Quaintance. There is also the little known story of Nicolai De Raylan. This multi-media presentation includes music, video clips, still photos, and Shore’s storytelling magic. Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian. His passion…

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January 2019

Arizona Outlaws and the Law – Coolidge

January 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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Taking the events from Billy the Kid, who killed his first man in Arizona, the Gunfight at the OK Corral, and the arrest and trial of Ernesto Miranda, this presentation will explore how these seminal events became watershed experiences for the American legal system, and still impact the lives of individuals living in the United States today. This presentation will explore the development of the legal system and law enforcement in the Southwest beginning with frontier justice and finishing with…

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January 2020

The Antiquity of Irrigation in the Southwest

January 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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Before AD 1500, Native American cultures took advantage of southern Arizona’s long growing season and tackled its challenge of limited precipitation by developing the earliest and most extensive irrigation works in all of North America. Agriculture was introduced to Arizona more than 4,000 years before present, and irrigation systems were developed in our state at least 3,500 years ago – several hundred years before irrigation was established in ancient Mexico. This presentation by archaeologist Allen Dart provides an overview of…

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February 2020

The Gila: River of History

February 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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Six hundred miles long from its source in the mountains of southwestern New Mexico to its confluence with the Colorado River above Yuma, the Gila has been an important avenue for the movement of birds, animals, plants, and peoples across the desert for millennia. Many cultures have sprung up on its banks, and millions of people depend on the river today—whether they know it or not. Gregory McNamee, author of the prizewinning book Gila: The Life and Death of an…

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March 2020

Three Generations of the American Indian Boarding School Experience

March 4, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 1100 W Ruins Drive
Coolidge , AZ 85128 United States
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Water is necessary for life, but as supply shrinks, choices must be made about who is given access to water and who isn’t. Communities across Arizona are going dry. This means that some residents may have no choice except to move. How do we decide who gets access to water, and who does not? Should the needs of the many be placed above the needs of the few? How do we address the social and moral issues raised by competition…

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More than Pocahontas and Squaws: Indigenous Women Coming into Visibility

March 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, 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 remain invisible in the media and stereotyped in early films. Nevertheless, they have been honored in all areas of public service—law, medicine, literature, military, education, and activism with awards such as, the Presidential Freedom, the McArthur (genius award), among others. Among some traditional tribal cultures, women’s lives are modeled after female heroes and sacred women who exemplify and express courage and kinship values.…

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