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Smoki Museum Pueblo

147 N. Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86304 United States
928-554-2745

May 2014

Geronimo and the Apache Surrender: The C.S. Fly Photographs with Jay Van Orden

May 10, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Smoki Museum Pueblo, 147 N. Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86304 United States
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In March of 1886, Geronimo and Tribal Members met with General George Crook in Sonora, Mexico, to discuss the terms of surrender.  C. S. Fly, of Tombstone fame, was on hand to document this historic event with photographs.  These are the only known photographs ever taken of American Indians “At War” and as “Enemy-in-the-Field.”  Audiences will be able to view these photos and learn more about the suspenseful days that led up to Geronimo’s ultimate surrender.  Explore questions such as: …

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June 2014

Desert Trader: Goldie Tracy Richmond, Trader, Trapper, and Quiltmaker

June 14, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Smoki Museum Pueblo, 147 N. Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86304 United States
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Goldie Tracy Richmond came to southwestern Arizona in 1927 where she lived in a canvas lean-to. To survive, Goldie mined, ran traplines, and operated Tracy’s Trading Post, living among the Tohono O’odham people for four decades. She was a large woman, and the stories told by the O’odham people of Goldie’s life are legendary. Goldie also made magnificent quilts with images of the desert landscape and Indian life; one was named one of the 100 most significant quilts of the…

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Southwestern Rock Calendars and Ancient Time Pieces

June 19, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Smoki Museum Pueblo, 147 N. Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86304 United States
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Ancient Native American cultures of the Southwest, including the Mesa Verde culture of southern Colorado and Utah, the Chaco culture centered in northwestern New Mexico, and the Hohokam culture of southern Arizona, developed sophisticated skills in astronomy and predicting the seasons centuries before Old World peoples first entered the region. In this presentation Dart examines these early people’s architecture, settlement planning, and petroglyph sites for archaeological evidence of ancient Southwestern astronomy and calendrical reckoning, and suggests how these skills may…

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July 2014

Native Roads: A Virtual Guide to the Hopi and Navajo Nations

July 12, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Smoki Museum Pueblo, 147 N. Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86304 United States
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As editor of the third edition of Fran Kosik’s classic travel book, A Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations, Turner retraced her routes in January 2013, updating information on dozens of intriguing Native American trading posts, prehistoric ruins, museums, and natural wonders. Using the pictures taken on that trip, this presentation creates a visual travelogue of this vast beautiful and culturally unique domain.   Before retiring from the Arizona Historical Society, Jim Turner worked with more than…

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August 2014

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

August 9, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Smoki Museum Pueblo, 147 N. Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86304 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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September 2014

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

September 13, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Smoki Museum Pueblo, 147 N. Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86304 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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May 2016

A Boot in the Door: Pioneer Women Archaeologists of Arizona

May 14, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Smoki Museum Pueblo, 147 N. Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86304 United States
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The men who explored Arizona are legends in the history of the region and of anthropology, but what about the women who accompanied them or explored by themselves?  Did you know that Matilda Coxe Stevenson was a member of the first official government survey of Canyon de Chelly or that Emma Mindeleff surveyed ruins in the Verde Valley while Theresa Russell helped her husband locate Hohokam sites? Probably not, for none are listed in "official" histories. Learn about the hidden…

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July 2016

Aw-Thum Bow & Arrow “Don’t Get the String Wet.”

July 9, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Smoki Museum Pueblo, 147 N. Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86304 United States
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Growing up playing and shooting an Aw-Thum bow (circa 1926) was a favorite pastime for Royce Manuel who was told by his father “make your own arrows and don’t get the string wet.” The bow string made from horse intestines were forever changed when the sprinkles of rain came. Manuel’s grandfather shared stories while demonstrating the most effective way of holding an arrow to meet its mark. With many men sharing their words of wisdom; Royce Manuel followed their teachings…

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September 2016

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

September 10, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Smoki Museum Pueblo, 147 N. Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86304 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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October 2016

The Creation of the American Southwest: 1750 to 1950

October 8, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Smoki Museum Pueblo, 147 N. Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86304 United States
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Professor Gratton examines the role of indigenous persons, Hispanic groups, migrants and immigrants in the region that became the American Southwest.  Maps, census data,  images, video and audio reveal a thinly populated region initially dominated by Indian nations and ravaged by war and slavery. He then surveys the rapid growth of population between 1850 and 1900 in places like Arizona, through migration and immigration from other states, Europe and Asia.  Between 1900 and 1930, mass immigration from Mexico leads to…

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May 2017

Boarded Up: Social and Historical Interpretations of the American Indian Boarding School Era

May 13, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Smoki Museum Pueblo, 147 N. Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86304 United States
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This presentation will impart a social interpretation of how life among Indian Nations began to change due to the plight American Indian people were forced into in the name of education.  American Indians are the only ethnic group in the U.S. who were subjected to forced education by the federal government for generations.  Children were taken by force, placed in a boarding school, kept there for several years, and were not allowed to speak their language or practice their culture.…

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May 2018

The Earliest Apache in Arizona: Evidence and Arguments – Prescott

May 12, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Smoki Museum Pueblo, 147 N. Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86304 United States
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How did the Apache impact late prehistoric peoples? Research provides evidence of ancestral Apaches in the southern Southwest as early as A.D. 1300. Evidence comes from chronometric dates obtained from storage features (covered with grass or leaves), on Apache pottery, and from roasting pits, all in direct association with other types of Apache material culture. A continuous sequence of use from the A.D. 1300s through the late 1700s provides new insights into a western route into this region and the…

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