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Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks

4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
928-282-6907 http://azstateparks.com/Parks/RERO/

June 2014

Working in the Salt Mine: Native American Salt Procurement and Ritual in the Southwest

June 22, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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Salt has been a valuable trade item throughout human history. Native American salt procurement in the Southwest involved dangerous journeys across sacred landscapes associated with the deity Salt Woman. This presentation focuses on the prehistory of a famous salt mine in what is now known as Camp Verde. In the 1920s, miners discovered prehistoric salt-mining tools deep inside tunnels dug into a thick, fresh-water salt deposit. These were the mining tools of the prehistoric Sinagua culture. Numerous photographs of these…

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July 2014

Sedona Through Time

July 20, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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Sedona is known for its colorful rocks, but how did this striking landscape come to be? Join Ranney on a thrilling trip back in time when the red rocks were part of a coastal plain, a Sahara-like desert, and warm, tropical seas. Learn how the area became sculpted into a maze of breathtaking buttes, spires, and mesas. And, be sure to ask plenty of questions – Ranney has been studying the red rocks of Sedona for over 35 years!  …

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August 2014

Native in a Strange Land: The Life of Mike Burns, Indian Scout and Autobiographer

August 10, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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Mike Burns lived a long life in two worlds. Born in about 1862 into the Kwevkepaya (Yavapai) people, he was taken prisoner by U.S. soldiers after his family was massacred at a place called Skeleton Cave. He lived for years as something between a captive and a servant until joining the Indian Scouts, riding against Sitting Bull after the Battle of Little Bighorn and Geronimo in the Apache Wars. McNamee, the editor of Burns’s memoir The Only One Living to…

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November 2014

Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life and Death

November 2, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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What is Día de los Muertos? From where does it originate? And how is it celebrated? Día de los Muertos or Days of the Dead is a significant and highly celebrated holiday in Mexico, Latin America, and the Southwestern United States. To understand Día de los Muertos one has to set aside preconceived notions. To many Mexicans, death is not a subject to be feared, ignored, or divorced from the living. One cannot celebrate life without also celebrating death. This…

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December 2014

Walking the Corn Pollen Path

December 7, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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Knowing one’s culture implies being educated about who you are, what social order expects of you, and it provides the primary steps to individual identity.  Stories of the Emergence, Trotting Coyote, First Man and Spider Woman, among others, teach the past, suggest the present, and create a pathway to a satisfying future.  Through recurring themes rich in symbolism, we discover the Corn Pollen Path, the Navajo way of life, and aspire to continue life’s journey upon it.   Cultural foundations,…

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March 2015

Ancient Native American Astronomical Practices

March 1, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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Throughout history, the ability of a people to survive has been tied to environmental conditions.  The skill to predict the seasons was an essential element in the ability to “control” those conditions. Seasonal calendars became the foundation of early cultures for hunting and gathering, planting and harvesting, worshiping and celebrating. The goal of cultural astronomy is to understand how these early skywatchers fashioned and refined systems for regulating their calendars around celestial events, both cyclical and unique. This presentation describes…

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January 2016

Meteorites Among Ancient Native American Cultures

January 24, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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The occurrence of meteorites on archaeological sites in North America has been known since the early 19th century. From the Hopewell culture in the eastern United States, to the Polar Eskimo, to the Indians in the American Southwest and northern Mexico, meteorites have been found on these ancient sites. Much like meteorite hunters of today, ancient Native American cultures actively engaged in meteorite collecting.  Although we cannot know if a meteorite fall was ever witnessed, the discovery of meteorites  at…

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February 2016

Arts and Culture of Ancient Southern Arizona Hohokam Indians

February 28, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 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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March 2016

When Romans Visited Tucson: The Lead Cross Controversy

March 6, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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In 1924-1925, a collection of unusual lead artifacts which contained mysterious inscriptions were discovered deeply buried near Silverbell Road in Tucson. These artifacts --  crosses, crescents, batons, swords, and spears -- generated considerable interest  around the world when it was learned that the inscriptions contained Christian, Muslim, Hebraic, and Freemasonry symbols.  The artifacts were initially interpreted as evidence that Europeans had come to America hundreds of years before Columbus, but some scholars questioned their authenticity. This talk tells the story…

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Plants, Inspiring the People: Reflections on Hualapai Ethnobotanyof the Grand Canyon

March 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 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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December 2017

 Armed with Our Language, We Went to War:  The Navajo Code Talkers – Sedona

December 3, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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During WWII a select group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines with a unique weapon. Using the Navajo language, they devised a secret code that the enemy never deciphered.  For over 40 years a cloak of secrecy hung over the Code Talker’s service until the code was declassified and they were finally honored for their military contributions in the South Pacific by Presidents Reagan, Bush, and the Navajo Nation. The Code Talkers’ cultural background, how the code was…

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February 2018

Set in Stone but Not in Meaning: Southwestern Indian Rock Art – Sedona

February 4, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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Ancient Indian pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (symbols carved or pecked on rocks) are claimed by some to be forms of writing for which meanings are known. However, are such claims supported by archaeology or by Native Americans themselves? Mr. Dart illustrates southwestern petroglyphs and pictographs, and discusses how even the same rock art symbol may be interpreted differently from popular, scientific, and modern Native American perspectives. Registered Professional Archaeologist Allen Dart has worked in Arizona and New Mexico since…

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February 2019

Working in the Salt Mine: Ancient and Historic Mining of Salt in Arizona (Sedona)

February 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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Salt has been a valuable trade item throughout human history. Native American salt procurement in the Southwest involved dangerous journeys across sacred landscapes associated with the deity Salt Woman. This presentation focuses on the prehistory of a famous salt mine in what is now known as Camp Verde.  In the 1920s, miners discovered prehistoric salt-mining tools deep inside tunnels dug into a thick, fresh-water salt deposit.  These were the mining tools of the prehistoric Sinagua culture.  Numerous photographs of these…

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January 2020

The Shadow Catchers: 150 years of Arizona Photography

January 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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For more than a century and a half some of the world’s best photographers focused their lenses on Arizona. In addition to the renowned Edward S. Curtis, Kate Cory lived with the Hopi and represented them in photographs and on canvas, while C. S. Fly gave us the famous Geronimo pictures. In the 20th century Josef Muench’s pictures brought the movies to Monument Valley, Dorothea Lange captured Dust Bowl families, Barry Goldwater depicted Navajo and Hopi culture, and Ansel Adams…

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February 2020

The Navajo Long Walk (1863 through 1868): Through the Eyes of Navajo Women

February 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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The Navajo people of old were forced to leave their homes and walk over 450 miles to Fort Sumner in eastern New Mexico where they were imprisoned on a small reservation. For four long years the Navajo people faced hunger, loneliness, disorientation, illnesses, severe environmental conditions, and hopelessness. Navajo women were forced to become warriors. It was the nurturing role, words and actions of women that spared the lives of the ones who survived. Before their release from prisoner of…

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March 2020

The Antiquity of Irrigation in the Southwest

March 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Red Rock State Park – AZ State Parks, 4050 Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 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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