Dr. Deni Seymour (associate and alumna) won the Goldwater award (Best Convention Paper on Arizona History) and the Bufkin award (Best Convention Paper dealing with the Territorial Period of Arizona History) at the Arizona History Convention this week. Her paper was awarded both the Goldwater and the Bufkin prizes at this year’s Arizona History Convention for her contribution: “‘To Take Death From The Enemy’: The Juh-Cushing Battle Site.” Each prize comes with a plaque and a cash award. The Goldwater award is for the Best Convention Paper on Arizona History and the Bufkin award is for the Best Convention Paper dealing with the Territorial Period of Arizona History. This paper and presentation reveal the recent discovery and interpretation of this long-sought-after battle site where the famed Apache fighter Lt Howard B. Cushing was stalked and killed by the Apache leader Juh.
In addition, Dr. Seymour was invited to present at the upcoming XL Convegno Internazionale di Americanistica, a conference in Perugia Italy on May 7, and also at the Chini museum in Segno Italy on May 8, where the historical Jesuit Father Eusebio Kino was born and the Chini family still resides. For the first she will present a view of the Wa:k O'odham as Kino would have encountered them in a paper entitled “The Sobaipuri O”odham Legacy at San Xavier del Wa:k” in Perugia and for the second she will present “Following Father Chini's Footsteps in 17th Century Pimeria Alta” in Segno, conveying what Kino saw and who he encountered when he visited the northern Pimeria Alta.