Native American artifacts of the Southwest focus of slide show |

Native American artifacts of the Southwest focus of slide show

Ancestral Puebloan seed jar,

Artifacts of the Ancestral Puebloan culture (formerly called the Anasazi) will be the focus of a free slide show by Bill Drake at 7 p.m. Friday at Madelyn Helling library.

Pottery, baskets, tools, and other items will be looked at in regards to different cultural time periods in the Southwest.

Before they migrated further south the Ancestral Puebloans inhabited the Four Corners region of the Southwest for more than 1,000 years. Drake will discuss different time periods of the culture and the baskets, pottery, tools, and other archaeological evidence associated with each one. The Edge of Cedars Museum in Blanding, Utah, where the photographs were taken, houses one of the finest collections of their artifacts.

This is the second of two slide shows related to these ancient people. The first focused on their cliff dwellings and rock art (pecked and painted images on rock). The purpose of this second presentation is to help people have a deeper understanding of what this remarkable culture was like.

“Many people today visit ancient Native American sites, and without an appreciation and respect for the cultures that left them their visits can just be impersonal tourism or consumerism,” Drake said.

Drake co-founded the events’ sponsor Friends of Sierra Rock Art to study and protect the rock art of the Sierra. He became interested in Native American cultures as a teenager and taught high school courses on Native American culture, politics and history. For information, call 530-265-2084.

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