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    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sedona Poco Diablo Resort
    • 16
    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.

    • 25 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Winslow, Arizona
    • 11
    Register

    WINSLOW’S TREASURED PAST: Homol’ovi and Rock Art Ranch

    This is a carpool event, scheduled over two days and one night, limited to 18 individuals. A Wait List will be available.

    The trip fee includes entrance fees to the State Park and Rock Art Ranch.

    Day 1 Friday 25 October
    We will meet in front of the Homol’ovi State Park Visitor’s Center at 9:00 AM. It is located 1.5 miles north of I-40 Exit 257 on Highway 87. Follow the signs as you enter the park area. There is a large parking lot in front of the Visitor’s Center. Bring a lunch and snacks along with fluids, good shoes, hat, sunscreen, walking stick and anything needed to maintain your safety.

    Homol’ovi: We will have a unique, guided visit to this extensive Ancestral Puebloan Hopi site, along the rich flood plain and sandy slopes of the Little Colorado River.

    The site consists of four village areas, dating from around 620 to 1400, with the main site, Homolovi 2, occupied from about 1230 until about 1400. Only two sites have been open to the public, Homolovi 1 and 2. Ranger Ken Evans will guide us through both of these sites in the morning. The largest of these, Homol’ovi 2, had around 1,200 to 1,700 rooms.

    After a break for lunch, we will have a special opportunity to see a third village on the site, Homol’ovi 4, the earliest site. This is normally closed to the public. The Park Manager, Chad Meunier will give us a special tour through this area of around 200 rooms, which also features petroglyphs.

    This village is on a conical butte with a flat top, so a walk up is necessary. There is about a 200 foot moderate ascent on uneven loose fill, so bring good shoes, hat, sunscreen, walking stick and whatever you need for your safety.

    Homol’ovi is still considered part of the homeland of the Hopi, who lived here during their migration to their current settlement at the center of the world on the mesas about 70 miles north. They still return here for spiritual purposes.

    After our day concludes, we have the option to meet for cocktails and/or dinner at the famed Turquoise Room in the La Posada Hotel nearby.

    Day 2 Saturday 26 October 
    We will meet in the lobby of the La Posada Hotel in Winslow at 9:00 AM. It is located at 303 E. 2nd Street in Winslow. We will carpool/caravan @23 miles to the Rock Art Ranch for our 10 AM tour. Again, bring a lunch/snacks, hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, and whatever you need to keep you safe. There is a steep staircase down the canyon side to the petroglyphs, but there is a handrail assist.

    Rock Art Ranch: Between Winslow and Holbrook lies a remote working cattle ranch of about 5,000 acres. Shortly after his parents purchased the property in 1945, a young Brantley Baird, now in his 80’s, began discovering the treasures that this ranch contained. These discoveries inspired Brantley to preserve the dwellings, artifacts and petroglyphs his land revealed, and to share them with both scientists and the public.

    Chevelon Creek has cut a canyon through the area, with an access point on Baird’s ranch. In this canyon, etched into the desert varnish of the rocks, are found a dense concentration of petroglyphs dating from 5000 BC to 1400 AD. There are at least 3,000 of the best preserved and most extensive collections of petroglyphs in the area.

    This extraordinary visual record was likely left by the Puebloan, Mogollon and Sinaguan peoples who converged in this year-round canyon creek. The area is still considered to be an active sacred site.

    Brantley has been giving tours here for 19 years in an effort to impart the uniqueness of the place and the rich history it contains. The area also features an excavated Ancestral Puebloan residence, historic Navajo sweat lodge and hogans, a stone map, and a museum with Western ranching memorabilia, ancient pottery and other artifacts found locally. He generously allows the visitors to spend time alone with the petroglyphs.

    We strongly suggest staying in a local motel Friday night. Here are our recommendations:

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

    Best Western Plus Winslow Inn:  https://bestwesternpluswinslowinn.com/

    NO CANCELLATION REFUNDS due to our deposit requirements. If you have to cancel a refund will only be granted if you are replaced with someone on the Wait List.

    • 11 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 AM
    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Catalina Inn - Catalina, AZ
    • 2
    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.