Don't Miss Amerind's November Rock Art Tour!

What is Rock Art?

Humankind has been creating images on stone for at least 40,000 years. Ancient rock art has been found on every continent on earth with the exception of Antarctica. Here in the American Southwest, rock art has been created by Native Americans for well over 3,000 years. In some areas of the world, contemporary peoples still produce images on stone in the traditional manner.

Rock art can tell us much about the prehistoric peoples who created it. From their rock carvings and paintings we can discover the types of animals they hunted, how they marked time, evidence of trade, and perhaps glean ideas of their social structures and beliefs.

Who made rock art?

Peoples the world over have created, or still are creating, rock art. Creating images in stone seems to be a cultural constant for humanity. Virtually every culture has at some point in their cultural history explored rock art for a variety of reasons: spiritual, astronomical, marking events, or simply art for art’s sake.

Below  are images of some of the sites we will visit!

 

V Bar V rock art site

V Bar V rock art site

Corn Springs. California

 

Corn Spring was an important location for the ancients in the region. A reliable water source in the arid desert expanses of southeastern California. Evidence of its import can be seen in the form of hundreds of petroglyphs near the spring.

 

Ancient Lake Level

Lake Cahuilla Shoreline: Prehistoric Lake Cahuilla was once more than 10 times the size of the current Salton Sea. As the Colorado River periodically fills its delta with silt it caused the river to back up and pour into the Imperial Valley for long periods of time. When the river shifts back to the Sea of Cortez the lake slowly dries up. The last high point of Lake Cahuilla may have been as recent as the early 1500s.

Rock Art, Fish Traps, CA

Petroglyphs near La Quinta, CA. Water damage shows that this art was created some time before a high lake level event at Lake Cahuilla, some 300 ft. above the valley floor.

 

 

 

 

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Michael Chiago Watercolor Workshop

Saturday, September 6, 2014

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join master watercolor artist Michael Chiago (Tohono O’odham) for this hands-on workshop. Michael Chiago is one of very few Southern Arizona Indian painters to achieve national recognition. The welcoming appeal of his colorful paintings reaches far beyond the desert southwest, to portray a time and place that is distinctly the Sonoran Desert. His work provides a look at the way indigenous people of the Tucson Basin lived in the recent past and how they incorporate the same cultural traditions today. Michael was the recipient of the prestigious 2006 Arizona Living Treasure Award.

Cost: $120 per person (includes workshop supplies and lunch).

The workshop is limited to 12 people, so you are encouraged to sign up early.

Contact Deni Mitchell at 520.586.3666 ext. 17 or deni@amerind.org to register or for more information.

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Tarahumara Trunk Show

Saturday, September 13, 2014

 

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Join Jim and Katie Harrelson as they bring the arts and crafts of the Tarahumara people of Chihuahua, Mexico’s canyon lands to the Amerind!

 

A sizable amount of the baskets that they acquire come through a women's co-operative called Este es La Casa De La Mujer (This is the Women’s House), which supports one of the few Tarahumara run elementary schools in the region.

 

Free with regular Museum Admission!

 

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Rescheduled!

 

September 17 - 22, 2014

 

The “Sky Island” mountain ranges of southeast Arizona, rich in both human history and biological diversity, will be the focus of this 5-day tour. Staying in Amerind’s elegant and historic Fulton House in spectacular Texas Canyon, participants will set out each day for active explorations accompanied by experts in geology, archaeology, history, botany, the borderlands, and much more!.

 

Price: $1200 per person, double occupancy, includes all meals & gratuities, transportation, and fees.

 

A $200 non-refundable, tax deductible deposit will reserve a space on the tour and is due at time of registration.

 

To reserve a place on this tour please contact Deni Mitchell at 520.586.3666 ext. 17 or deni@amerind.org.

 

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Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete, sisters and 5th generation weavers, originally from Two Grey Hills, grew up learning the traditional tapestry weaving of the area.

 

While instructing and demonstrating, these sisters share personal stories and experiences, giving insights into the world of Navajo weaving. At the end of the week you will go home with a one of a kind 8.5” x 10.5” rug.

 

Price: Members: $1,000 Non-members: $1200

Price includes meals, lodging (shared accommodations), the use of a fully prepared loom, and tools. You will only need to purchase your wool for weaving (available at the class for $24-$35 depending on the number of colors you use.) An optional class on warping is scheduled for Saturday, September 14 for an additional $225.

 

A nonrefundable, tax-deductible $200 deposit is due upon registration.

 

Please email deni@amerind.org for further information or call 520-586-3666 to register.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Autumn Fest 2014

 

Rock Art Tour

November 6 - 11, 2014

Explore fascinating rock art sites in central Arizona and southern California with the Amerind this November. The tour will take participants to some of the iconic sites in Arizona such as Painted Rock,

V-Bar-V, Honanki, and others. We will also venture west to see petroglyphs and geoglyphs (ground figures) in California along what was once the shores of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla, a predecessor of the much smaller, and accidentally created, Salton Sea. The group will also visit one of the many riparian areas near Palm Springs that have attracted human inhabitants for thousands of years.

Join archaeologist Dan McCarthy and rock artist David Morris for this exciting exploration of the rock art and archaeology in Arizona and southern California. Space is limited, sign up today!

Member Price: $2,100 per person (double occupancy)

Single supplement required for solo travelers.

Price includes transportation, lodging, and meals.

For more information or to register, please contact Deni Mitchell at 520-586-3666 or deni@amerind.org.

Dan McCarthy has worked extensively with many Tribal Elders in Southern California as Tribal Relations Manager for San Bernardino National Forest. He works with the governments of the Serrano, Cahuilla, & Luiseño. He also received the National Lifetime Achievement award by the Office of Tribal Relations. Dan’s research includes desert archaeology; aboriginal trail systems of the Sonoran, Mojave, and Colorado deserts; rock art distribution; and working with tribal communities in public education of Native culture.

Honanki. Arizona

Corn Springs. California

 

 

 

 

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Pottery Collector’s Workshop

December 4 - 6, 2014

Join Charles King of King Galleries in Scottsdale for a two-day exploration of Amerind’s world-class contemporary ceramic collections. Charles will use the extensive collections of the Amerind Museum to teach workshop participants about the history of ceramic arts in the Southwest. Participants are encouraged to bring pieces from their own collection for evaluation by an expert.

http://www.kinggalleries.com/

Cost: $400 per person (double occupancy). Includes lodging and meals.

The workshop is limited to 12 people, so you are encouraged to sign up early.

Contact Deni Mitchell at 520.586.3666 ext. 17 or deni@amerind.org to register or for more information.

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Kachina  Collector’s Workshop

January 8 - 10, 2015

Join Alston and Deborah Neal of Old Territorial Indian Arts in Scottsdale for a two-day exploration of Amerind’s world-class Kachina collections. Alston and Deborah will use the extensive collections of the Amerind Museum to teach workshop participants about the history of Kachinas and what to look for when collecting. Participants are encouraged to bring pieces from their own collection for evaluation by an expert.

http://www.territorialindianarts.com/

Member Cost: $400 per person (double occupancy). Includes lodging and meals.

The workshop is limited to 12 people, so you are encouraged to sign up early.

Contact Deni Mitchell at 520.586.3666 ext. 17 or deni@amerind.org to register or for more information.

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Cooking Series with Chef Debbie

November 8, 2014   10am - 2pm                     Tamales

Chef Debbie will invite local expert and guest teacher, Pam Turnbull for an all-out New Mexican tamale party. Get ready for Christmas and learn to prepare classic pork tamales, chicken green chile tamales, green corn tamales and sweet tamales with salsa and yellow chile mango sauce.  This will be a hands-on class, from preparing masa and red chile sauce to shredding meat, rolling, and steaming.

February 14th 2015         St Valentines Roman Feast

We will make an authentic Roman feast from scratch including handmade pasta, traditional slow cooked Bolognaise sauce and béchamel, all components for the best lasagna, straight from Italy. To accompany this exquisite dish we will also make an antipasto salad, garlic bread and chocolate dipped fruit which will complete our romantic Roman lunch.

$50 per person per class, lunch included. Bring your apron and an appetite!

To register contact Chef Debbie at 520-586-3666

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Apache pottery Workshop

 

February 23 - 27, 2015

Join Shelden Nunez-Velarde for a five-day Apache Micaceous pottery workshop in the creativity-inspiring setting of Amerind’s 1900-acre campus in spectacular Texas Canyon.

 

Shelden Nunez-Velarde is a member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. He has been making pottery since the age of 13.

 

Shelden specializes in hand coiling traditional Jicarilla Apache pottery. He gathers his clay and slip, in traditional clay sources used by his ancestors. Then he soaks the clay, cleans, sifts, mixes, hand coils, shapes, sands, polishes and fires his pottery, outdoors, using pine or cedar wood. He makes both traditional-functional utilitarian and contemporary.

 

Like their Pueblo neighbors who are more widely known for their use of micaceous clay, the Jicarilla in Northern New Mexico made their cooking wares from the unique deposits of mica filled soil in the area. The special heat-retentive qualities of mica makes this clay particularly efficient for cooking.

 

Member Price: $750 (double occupancy)

Price includes workshop, materials, lodging, and meals.

 

Not a member? Membership start at just $40!

 

To register, or for more information, please contact Deni Mitchell at 520-586-3666 or deni@amerind.org

 

 


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