Deni Seymour to Present in Tucson

Deni J. Seymour (Ph.D. Arizona, 1990) writes that she and two colleagues will discuss their Arizona Humanities grant program, “Who Are the Sobaipuri O’odham?: The Sobaipuri Legacy at the San Xavier/Wa:k Community,” on four different occasion over the next few months. The talk involves a short video, a PowerPoint presentation, and discussion, at the four venues listed below.

Abstract: Much has been learned about the Sobaipuri-O’odham over the last couple of decades and their actual history differs substantially in many ways from commonly held notions. The archaeological and ethnohistoric research of the presenters provides new perspectives on where and how they lived, how long they occupied the valleys of southern Arizona, their relationship to the Hohokam, and so on. Special reference will be made to the Sobaipuri of San Xavier del Bac or Wa:k where descendant populations reside. Dr. Seymour is joined by her associates Elder Tony Burrell and Cultural Specialist David Tenario of Wa:k in presenting their video entitled “Who Are the Sobaipuri O’odham?” followed by interactive lectures and discussions. Through these means they strive to promote understanding of the human experience through the eyes of the Wa:k O’odham and their ancestors. Using discussions and interviews with Wa:k O’odham community members, the video and subsequent discussions highlight the issues of how public policy, politics, and economic interest have influenced our understanding of the Wa:k O’odham and how their heritage has been shaped and in some cases erased. This program is sponsored by Arizona Humanities and Old Pueblo Archaeology Center. Reservations required owing to limited space available.

•    November 16, 2017; Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, Third Thursday Food for Thought. Reservations required. At U-Like Oriental Buffet Restaurant, 5101 N. Oracle Road (at River Road), Tucson; cosponsored by Arizona Humanities. 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Free (Order your own dinner off of the restaurant’s menu). Learn more and register here; reservations required.
•    December 6, 2017, 1 pm, Sabino Canyon Docents
•    December 9, 2017, 2 pm, Tubac Presidio, Tubac
•    January 13, 2018; 1 pm, Arizona History Museum, Tucson

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