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Smoki Museum

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147 North Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86301 United States
928-445-1230

July 2017

Landscape of the Spirits: Hohokam Rock Art of South Mountain Park

July 8, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Smoki Museum, 147 North Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86301 United States
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The South Mountains in Phoenix contain more than 8,000 ancient petroglyphs. This program will discuss Dr. Bostwick’s long-term study of these Hohokam petroglyphs and will describe the various types of designs, their general distribution, and their possible meanings. Interpretations of the petroglyphs include the marking of trails, territories, and astronomical events, as well as dream or trance imagery based on O’odham (Pima) oral traditions. Most of the trails currently used by hikers contain Hohokam rock art, indicating that these trails…

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September 2017

Himdak doo IIna: A Way of Life. How Societies Shape Culture – Prescott

September 9, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Smoki Museum, 147 North Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86301 United States
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For tribal groups in Arizona, understanding the connections between physical, social, mental and spiritual identity of the people prior to birth through 102 years old is a way of life. Tribes in Arizona often illustrate their balance between patriarch and matriarch societies through symbolism. Illustrating with the Man in the maze and the Navajo basket designs, Royce Manuel, Auk-Mierl Aw-Thum and Debbie Nez-Manuel, Diné unfold the general understanding of two common designs. Royce Manuel (Akimel O’odham) best describes his work…

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October 2017

Rising from Invisibility: Indigenous Arizona Women in Charge of Themselves – Prescott

October 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Smoki Museum, 147 North Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86301 United States
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In many Southwestern matrifocal cultures, Indigenous women’s lives are modeled after female heroes and sacred women who exemplify and express courage and kinship values. Among some tribal cultures, rites of passage celebrate female creativity and the transformative nature of women, hence there was not a need for the concept of feminism. Nevertheless, Indigenous women’s lives remain invisible and stereotyped by Hollywood. This talk presents how Indigenous women have contributed in significant ways, not only to their tribal nations, but also…

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October 2018

Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life and Death – Prescott

October 13, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Smoki Museum, 147 North Arizona Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86301 United States
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Dressed in a Mexican huipil with her face painted in a traditional calavera (skull), Elena Díaz Bjorkquist answers the questions of what Día de los Muertos is, where it came from, its roots, and how it’s celebrated. Día los Muertos is a significant and highly celebrated holiday in Mexico and the Southwestern United States. Many Mexicans and Mexican Americans believe death isn’t a subject to be feared or ignored from the living. Life cannot be celebrated without celebrating death. This…

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