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1/15/2010

Discovery Park Campus lecture series starts the New Year off with “Who Are the Mohave?”

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Eastern Arizona College will begin the spring semester of the Discovery Park Campus Lecture Series with a free, family-friendly slideshow and lecture titled “Who Are the Mohave?” on January 23, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus. [Contributed photo]
 

By Jeanné Schaser THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College will begin the spring semester of the Discovery Park Campus Lecture Series with a free, family-friendly slideshow and lecture titled, “Who Are the Mohave?” on January 23, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus. Harry Swanson, dean of Discovery Park Campus, will provide compelling cultural and historical information on this group of (Yuman) speakers who live along the Colorado River. “The Mohave people figure prominently in the early history of westward expansion into Arizona and California,” says Swanson, “and they are associated with the Udel massacre, desert camels, Lt. Joseph Christmas Ives, Olive Oatman (known as the ‘Woman with the Blue Tattoo’), as well as a very distinctive rock art termed the Grapevine Canyon style, and much more.” “The Mohave of today and yesterday are very interesting! The warriors were tall (some over 6'6") and were so fearsome they could travel singly through the countryside because nobody dared fight with them,” Swanson explains. “They were great long-distance runners, and today, they are impressive entrepreneurs and custodians of the Lower Colorado River.” Swanson invites everyone to join him for this event, and adds that the traditional, small giveaway will resume this year as well. “As an added benefit,” he says, “the 20-inch Tinsley reflector telescope has been repaired and is now working beautifully. If the weather cooperates, we will have public viewing of the night skies following this presentation.” For more information about the lecture, or EAC’s Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at (928) 428-6260. –30–