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    • 23 Aug 2019
    • 26 Aug 2019
    • Cortez, Colorado
    • 1
    Register

    The Center will hold two excavation field schools near Cortez, Colorado at Champagne Springs site. The 2019 dates are August 16-19 and August 23-26. 

    The Member cost to attend one session is $195.

    The Non-member cost to attend the first session is $245, which includes a one-year . 

    To reserve your space/spaces you must register and pay your fee at the time of registration. There is a $75 non-refundable cancellation fee.

    No experience is necessary. You will be paired with someone with experience. All materials will be supplied, unless you have your own that you would like to bring. You should be in good health as the activity is mildly strenuous. The weather can be hot, in the high 80's, so appropriate clothing, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water is a must.

    For additional information, contact Linda Guarino at lguarino@tamu.edu.

    • 22 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Hopi Mesas
    Register

    Hopi Autumnal Equinox: Archaeoastronomy on the Mesa

    This is a Members Only carpool trip limited to 14 individuals.

    Join Micah Loma’omvaya, Hopi Bear Clan, Anthropologist, former Tribal Archaeologist and traditional cultural steward for this unique eight-hour visit, scheduled over two days and one night.

    Day 1 Sunday We will meet in front of the Hopi restaurant on Second Mesa Sunday at 11:30 AM. We will leave PROMPTLY for the Blue Canyon at 12:00 noon. Blue Canyon is about 40 miles away, so have your gas tanks full from Winslow or Third Mesa in Kykotsmov gas stations. 4WD/AWD vehicles are recommended, but we can carpool if you don’t have one.

    Blue Canyon: We will visit stunning rock formations, rich in hoodoos, convoluted cliff walls, and red and white sandstone shapes seemingly painted by otherworldly beings rather than by Mother Nature. A photographer’s paradise.

    Old Oraibi: We will also walk Old Oraibi, one of oldest continuously inhabited villages in North America. Micah will teach about the history of the place, and share stories of the Hopi People. Other possibilities are always in store at Hopi, where magic often happens.

    Day 2 Monday  We will meet in front of the Hopi restaurant on Second Mesa Sunday at 9:30 AM. We will leave PROMPTLY for Taawa Park at 10:00 AM. Taawa Parkn is about 22 miles away.

    Taawa/Dawa Park: With Micah’s expertise and training, we will see some of the ancient Hopi solar calendar petroglyphs at the Taawa Park site, place of an ancient village and trading center. This beautiful location is a source of 12,000 to 15,000 petroglyphs dating back to the Hopi’s ancestral relatives. We hope to see the sun playing on many of these extraordinary images.

    Depending on the time of our return from Taawa Park, we have the option of visiting galleries, artists, or other areas of interest. Magic often happens at Hopi!

    We strongly suggest staying in a local motel Sunday night. Here are three recommendations:

    Hopi Cultural Center Motel on Second Mesa.
    http://www.hopiculturalcenter.com/
    Discount is offered at this hotel for this trip. The regular rate for September (Sunday – Thursday) is $129.99 per night and $20 more for Friday and Saturday. They offer us a rate of $99.00 per night Sunday through Thursday, and $119.00 per night for Friday and Saturday through the month of September.

    Moenkopi Legacy Inn situated at the western gateway to Hopi adjacent to the community of Tuba City.
    https://experiencehopi.com/

    La Posada Hotel in Winslow.
    http://laposada.org/

    If registration is full, please register for the WaitList.


    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Community Library

    VVAC Lecture Series

    Seeking My Center Place: Migrations Through Tradition & Science
    Lyle Balequah

    This talk will focus on the path that Lyle  has taken working within the career fields of archaeology and cultural resources management. He will discuss some of his own experiences as well on-going fieldwork he is directly involved with in the Bears Ears region and other locations.

    Lyle is from the Village of Bacavi on Third Mesa. He works as an archaeologist and outdoor guide.  He seeks to provide an increased understanding of the longevity and cultural connections that Hopi People have to the landscapes of the American Southwest. Combining his academic training and cultural background, he strives to achieve this understanding through Archaeological Fieldwork, Technical and Creative Writing, Public Presentations and Outdoor Education & Recreation.


    • 27 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Hopi Second Mesa
    Register

    HOPI FARM-TO-TABLE: The Harvest

    This is a MEMBERS ONLY carpool trip limited to 12 individuals.

    Join Bertram Tsavadawa, Certified Hopi Guide and artist, for this unique six-hour agricultural and culinary experience in Hopiland.

    Farm: Get down and dirty! With Bertram’s guidance, we will accompany him to his ancestral growing field, and learn about the traditional dry farming methods, soil and water management, the varieties of corn, the significance of corn, AND we will help him HARVEST his corn and melons! Since he is Corn Clan, we will be hearing from someone who has this information embedded deep into his being.

    Table: After the harvest, we will gather together to join Bertram’s relatives for a traditional Hopi communal meal. This may include mutton or beef stew (vegetarian stew is available), hominy with beans, Hopi peas, grilled chilies, and the extraordinary (and gluten-free) piki bread. We will learn about the preparation, the use, and the meaning of these foods.

    The planting, the farming, the harvest, the food and its sharing, all continue to keep this ancient Hopi culture, traditions and people alive. There is much we have to learn here.

    Revenue generated by this trip will go to the Center’s own Garden Fund.

    We will meet in front of the Hopi restaurant on Second Mesa at 7:30 AM. We will leave PROMPTLY at 8:00, so we strongly suggest staying in a local motel the night before. Here are three recommendations:

    Hopi Cultural Center Motel on Second Mesa.
    http://www.hopiculturalcenter.com/
    Discount is offered at this hotel for this trip. The regular rate for September (Sunday – Thursday) is $129.99 per night and $20 more for Friday and Saturday. They offer us a rate of $99.00 per night Sunday through Thursday, and $119.00 per night for Friday and Saturday through the month of September.

    Moenkopi Legacy Inn situated at the western gateway to Hopi adjacent to the community of Tuba City.
    https://experiencehopi.com/

    La Posada Hotel in Winslow.
    http://laposada.org/

    If registration is full, please register for the WaitList.


    • 29 Sep 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff
    • 10
    Register

    UNCOVERING OUR ROOTS: Native Ethnobotony of the Colorado Plateau at the Museum of Northern Arizona

    This is a MEMBERS ONLY carpool trip limited to 15 individuals. Bring lunch to eat outdoors.

    Location: Meet at the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Easton Collection Center Building (with the living roof), 3100 N Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff, AZ

    Plants have been providing us with food, medicine, visions, ceremony, shelter, clothing, adornment and beauty since we have been humans. They have helped us survive many hardships, and have co-evolved with us at the most basic level, giving us the oxygen we need to live, as we give them the carbon dioxide they need to live. A life-sustaining reciprocity.

    They have continued to form a part of the cultures of the Hopi, Navajo and other peoples of the Colorado Plateau. But, as the elders pass, this knowledge is at risk of being lost. And with that, an important connection with the Earth, the plants and their medicines disappears.

    This unique opportunity begins with a behind-the-scenes look into the MNA’s extensive Easton herbarium collection of over 40,000 specimens. We will hear from author and Botany Research Specialist Jan Busco about the collection, as she describes several of these specimens--how they acquired them, what they were used for, and by whom.

    After this, we join renowned Herbalist and Ethnobotanist Phyllis Hogan, for a tour through the MNA’s newly dedicated AERA Michael Moore Medicinal Garden. Phyllis has over 43 years’ experience working with the plant medicines of the Southwest, and now also maintains the Medicinal Garden with her volunteers.

    In 1983, in response to the desires of Hopi and Navajo healers, Phyllis and partners Michael Moore and Jill Dedera, created the Arizona Ethnobotanical Research Foundation (AERA). Their mission has been to preserve the plant knowledge and traditions of Native healers for future generations. They have collected over 4,000 specimens to date

    Come meet some of the medicines from the Colorado Plateau, as Phyllis and Jan show you both pressed and living plants! Understand how ancient and contemporary peoples have been working with these plants continuously to help heal their families and communities.


    LIMITED TO 15 - USE THE WAIT LIST IF REGISTRATION IS FULL.

    • 15 Oct 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Community Library

    Topic and Speaker to be announced

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sedona Poco Diablo Resort
    • 116
    Register

    The Center's annual benefit will again be held at the popular Sedona Poco Diablo Resort, a property of the Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation.

    The theme of this year's event is "Building a Legacy" as a fundraiser for our Capital Campaign. Our Special Guest Speaker, Dr. Brian Fagan. See the event website for the full bio of Dr. Brian Fagan. 


    Menu

    Mixed Field Greens Salad
    Choice of Entree:
    Cracked Black Pepper Beef Tenderloin Steak or
    Saguaro Chile Glazed Grilled Salmon or
    Roasted Mushroom Ragout Served in Puff Pastry
    and
    Chef's Choice of Chocolate Dessert

    Tickets are $125 ($75 tax deductible).

    Seating is by tables of 10. Please contact us (manager@vvarchcenter.org or 928-567-0066) if you wish to purchase a full table.

    Sponsorships with tickets are available by downloading the sponsorship form.

    • 11 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 AM
    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Catalina Inn - Catalina, AZ
    • 5
    Register

    Join the Center on a guided excursion to Northwest Chihuahua, Mexico .  This four-day trip includes the United Nations World Heritage site of Paquimé, the most important archaeological site in northwest Mexico and the American Southwest., the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, the Mormon settlements of Colonia Juarez and Colonia Dublan, and a side excursion  to the cliff dwelling of Olla Cave in the Sierra Madre Occidental.  This non-tourist part of Mexico offers a rich cultural mix of Mexicans, Mormons, and Mennonites and the spectacular landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert.  

    Trip Dates:   November 11-14, 2019

    Cost per person: $650 double occupancy; $720 single occupancy ($300 nonrefundable if cancelled) includes all transportation, tours, hotel in Mexico, entrance fees, and tips.

    Limited to 10 participants. Click HERE for a trip flyer.

    Day 01—Depart Catalina Inn, Catalina, Arizona at 6:00 a.m., to the great  archaeological site of Paquimé.  After touring the museum and ruins, check into the Nuevo Casas Grandes hotel and have dinner.

    Day 02—Breakfast in the Hotel Hacienda followed by a tour of the Mormon community of Colonia Juarez, and a discussion of Mormon settlement patterns and the agricultural economy of this part of Chihuahua.  The rest of the day will be spent in the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, visiting the homes of many artists to learn how the pots are made, painted, and fired.  

    Day 03—After breakfast in the Hotel Hacienda drive to Olla Cave, one of dozens of cliff  dwellings in this part of the Sierra Madre.  This site is particularly unique because of the large adobe structure used by the prehistoric inhabitants to store grain.  T

    Day 04—After breakfast and check-out, tour one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Colonia Dublan and then begin the return journey to the Catalina Inn arriving about 5:00 p.m.  

    Rooms at the Catalina Inn on November 10 and November 14 are NOT included if desired.

    • 12 Nov 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Camp Verde Community Library

    VVAC Lecture Series

    Ashiwi (Zuni) People
    Kenny Bowekaty

    Who are the Zuni People? Kenny Bowekaty will provide a sample history, culture and religion of the A:shiwi through the telling of the Migration Story, impacts of the Spanish, how the Zuni community is organized and what role traditional religion plays in daily life.

    Kenney Bowekaty was born and raised at the Pueblo of Zuni. He gained field experience under the direction of Dr. John W. Rick at Stanford University right out of high school and returned back to the Pueblo of Zuni to work as an archaeologist. Kenny has been a Tour Guide for the Pueblo of Zuni Visitors Center for past six years. He has been an archaeologist with the Pueblo of Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise (ZCRE) for 28 years, Desert Archeology from Tempe, Arizona and Echo Plan from Phoenix, Arizona. Within the last six years, Bowekaty has implemented and expanded additional archaeological sites within the Pueblo of Zuni.

    Bowekaty is a priest shaman to the Fire God Deity and is part of the Lieutenant Society Division that runs and regulates the system of the A:shiwi Religion.


    • 13 Jan 2020
    • 6:00 AM
    • 16 Jan 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Catalina Inn - Catalina, AZ
    • 5
    Register

    Join the Center on a guided excursion to Northwest Chihuahua, Mexico .  This four-day trip includes the United Nations World Heritage site of Paquimé, the most important archaeological site in northwest Mexico and the American Southwest., the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, the Mormon settlements of Colonia Juarez and Colonia Dublan, and a side excursion  to the cliff dwelling of Olla Cave in the Sierra Madre Occidental.  This non-tourist part of Mexico offers a rich cultural mix of Mexicans, Mormons, and Mennonites and the spectacular landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert.  

    Trip Dates:   January 13-16, 2020

    Cost per person: $650 double occupancy; $720 single occupancy ($300 nonrefundable if cancelled) includes all transportation, tours, hotel in Mexico, entrance fees, and tips.

    Limited to 10 participants. Click HERE for a trip flyer.

    Day 01—Depart Catalina Inn, Catalina, Arizona at 6:00 a.m., to the great  archaeological site of Paquimé.  After touring the museum and ruins, check into the Nuevo Casas Grandes hotel and have dinner.

    Day 02—Breakfast in the Hotel Hacienda followed by a tour of the Mormon community of Colonia Juarez, and a discussion of Mormon settlement patterns and the agricultural economy of this part of Chihuahua.  The rest of the day will be spent in the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, visiting the homes of many artists to learn how the pots are made, painted, and fired.  

    Day 03—After breakfast in the Hotel Hacienda drive to Olla Cave, one of dozens of cliff  dwellings in this part of the Sierra Madre.  This site is particularly unique because of the large adobe structure used by the prehistoric inhabitants to store grain.  T

    Day 04—After breakfast and check-out, tour one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Colonia Dublan and then begin the return journey to the Catalina Inn arriving about 5:00 p.m.  

    Rooms at the Catalina Inn on January 12 and January 16 are NOT included if desired.