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2/26/2010

Discovery Park Campus lecture series presents “Who Are the Chemehuevi?”

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Eastern Arizona College will continue the spring semester of the Discovery Park Campus Lecture Series with a free lecture titled, “Who Are the Chemehuevi?” on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus. One of the Chemehuevi’s most amazing accomplishments is their basketry. The baskets (one of which is pictured above) that were made and used from the late 1800s into the 1940s are some of the best in the world. [Contributed photo]
 

By Jeanné Schaser

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus Lecture Series continues with a free, family-friendly slideshow and lecture titled, “Who Are the Chemehuevi?” on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus.

In this lecture, part of the lecture series’ focus on Native American peoples of the Southwest, Harry Swanson, dean of Discovery Park Campus, will talk about the origins, lifeways, economy, and mythologies of this group of Paiute people. Because Swanson lived and worked among the Chemehuevi for seven years, and served the Chemehuevi Tribe as an advisor to their Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) program, he has many insights to share. Additionally, Swanson designed the Chemehuevi exhibit for the Lake Havasu Museum of History, an exhibit that is still one of the central focuses of that museum.

“The Chemehuevi are a wonderful people,” says Swanson. “They inhabit two reservations along the Colorado River, the Chemehuevi Reservation on the California side across from Lake Havasu City, and the Colorado River Indian Tribe (CRIT) Reservation in Parker—which they share with the Mohave, Navajo, and Hopi. One of the most interesting features of this persevering people is their Salt Song, and I can hardly wait to share it with our lecture participants.”

For more information about the lecture, or EAC’s Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at (928) 428-6260.

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