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CANCELLED: Archaeology Southwest Archaeology Cafe: John R. Welch


May 5 2020 - 5:30pm

Archaeology Café: Why You Should Experience Casa Malpais and Kinishba
With John Welch


Knowledge seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café at The Loft Cinema for a series of programs exploring the deep and diverse history of the Southwest. Join us on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, as Dr. John Welch discusses Casa Malpais and Kinishba in his talk, "Tale of Two Cities: Casa Malpais, Kinishba, and the Elusive Promise of Archaeological Tourism."

Explore what makes these places special, discover what they tell us about life long ago, and learn how you can experience these significant places today.

No two sites better represent the unmistakable dedication by ancestral Zuni and Hopi to inscribing their lifeway wherever they settled. Trips to Casa Malpais and Kinishba evoke both distinctive senses of wondrous places and common commitments to the creation of plaza-focused towns adjacent to vast expanses of arable land along both sides of the Salt River–Little Colorado River watershed divide, circa 1200–1400.

Both of these pueblos have been justly recognized by the Federal Government as national historic landmarks, and visitors soon appreciate not only the industry of the original builders, but also that of those who have served as stewards and boosters. We owe great debts to Byron Cummings and the White Mountain Apache Tribe for preserving Kinishba and to the Town of Springerville to carrying Casa Malpais forward into perpetuity.

—John Welch

Dr. John Welch is the Director of the Landscape and Site Preservation Program at Archaeology Southwest. He has spent three decades facilitating research, resource management, and outreach partnerships with tribes in upland Arizona and New Mexico, as well as First Nations in coastal British Columbia. Welch served as the archaeologist and historic preservation officer for the White Mountain Apache Tribe from 1992 to 2005, and continues on the board of the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation, a tribally chartered non-profit he helped found in 1997. Welch joined the faculties of Simon Fraser University’s Archaeology Department and School of Resource and Environmental Management as a Canada Research Chair (tier 2) in 2005, and has published widely on opportunities and challenges at the interface of cultural and resource management in indigenous settings.
Presented by Archaeology Southwest, a nonprofit organization working across the Southwest to explore and protect the places of our past, Archaeology Café is an informal forum where adults can learn more about the Southwest’s deep history and speak directly to experts. At Archaeology Café, we break down the static, jargon-laden dynamic of traditional lectures, and have an expert share some ideas with the group in ways that get discussion going. (Food and drink make things a little livelier, too.)
We gather at The Loft Cinema (3233 E. Speedway Blvd.) around 5:30 p.m. to visit and enjoy food and beverages. Programs begin at 6 p.m. in Theatre 1. Seating is open and unreserved. The Loft has plenty of free parking!
Archaeology Café is free. Guests are encouraged to purchase their own refreshments from The Loft’s impressive concession bar. Offerings include tamales, pizza, wraps, sandwiches, snacks, and a great selection of local beers and wines.
No problem! If you can’t attend in person, join us on Facebook Live that evening. Videos of each Café will also be available at after each event.
This program was made possible by Arizona Humanities and The Smith Living Trust.

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