Message #229 Date: Sun, 06 Sep 1998 14:38:26 Subject: Van Valkenburg Biographical Information Needed [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : From: Lynne Attardi LTATucson@aol.com An AAHS reader is looking for biographical information about Richard F. Van Valkenburg, an archaeologist on the Navajo Nation Reserve from the '30s-'50s. He died in 1957 in Window Rock, Arizona. If anyone has information about him, biographical, an obit or otherwise, or even a suggestion/direction for further information, please write to: Larry Benallie, Jr. Assistant Director, Navajo Nation Archaeology Department P.O. Box 689, Window Rock AZ 86515 520-871-6488 520-871-6511 (FAX) SASIG Ed. Note -- See www.swanet.org/shrines.html Van Valkenburgh, Richard F. 1946 We Found the Hidden Shrine of Old Makai. The Desert Magazine Vol. 9, No. 11 (September), pp. 20-22. A dated magazine article on a Makai (medicine-man) shrine at Gila Butte. (The shrine was originally reported by Russell in a 1908 BAE report). [The collection made by Van Valkenburgh and his crew is in storage at ASM; it has never been sorted through or reported. Many of Van Valkenburgh's crew worked at Compound F at Casa Grande before working at the Gila Butte shrine. John M. Andresen, personal communication 1989]. [Arthur Woodward excavated the Gila Butte Site (below the shrine) for the Los Angeles Museum; like Van Valkenburg, he wrote a magazine article about a woman protecting the shrine at Gila Butte. There is a modern shrine at the base of Gila Butte with a white cross on it; several Pimas have said that it takes the place of the earlier shrine. Jerry Howard, personal communication 1990]. Van Valkenburgh, R.F. and S. Begay 1938 Sacred Places and Shrines of the Navajo, Part I: The Sacred Mountains. Museum Notes 11(3) (September). Museum of Northern Arizona. Flagstaff.