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http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/116/nation/Pop_culture_takes_rock_art_image_to_itself+.shtml Kokopelli is the ancient version of Elvis. This thousand-year-old flute player with a humped back, commonly found on Southwestern rock art, has come to represent something different to everyone. And nobody knows for sure which interpretation is correct. Archeologists, anthropologists, and others who spend time trying to find the truth are driven crazy by the explosion of what they call Kokopelli kitsch. As for the name, Malotki believes it is a derivation of Kookopolo, one in a pantheon of Hopi gods known as kachinas. The Kookopolo has a hump in its back and serves a fertility function, which led anthropologists of the 1930s to equate the rock art figure with the kachina. The only flaw in the equation, says Malotki, is that the Hopi kachina has no flute. But it became so entrenched that everyone began calling the rock art figure Kokopelli. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0873587324/southwesternarch
http://www.sacbee.com:80/news/news/local10_19990426.html When the new U.S. Courthouse building was dedicated this month, it opened a new window on Sacramento's history. In a corner of the new building's atrium, a handful of artifacts are artfully presented to illuminate the story of Sacramento's Chinese community, which had its birth in the Gold Rush on the same ground where the courthouse now stands. The story is somewhat different and more varied than the one-dimensional Chinese rail worker image many Californians have of early Chinese immigrants.
http://www.latimes.com/excite/990425/t000037253.html Campo de Cahuenga is undoubtedly one of the most significant historic sites in the western United States. Its importance in American history is at least equivalent to the historic battlefields of the American Revolution or the Civil War. Events there in 1847 ending the Mexican-American War in the West make it uniquely significant, rich in heritage and history to California.
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/doc/1047/1:FAITH2/1:FAITH2042399.html For local history buffs, the program includes a series of oral-history panels featuring descendants of pioneering Jewish families.
http://cjonline.com/stories/042699/com_jessejames.shtml Finnegan served as a forensic anthropologist on a team of scientists who in 1995 exhumed the remains under court order to resolve a question of whether James was actually buried there. A sophisticated analysis of DNA taken from a tooth matched those of James' known living descendants, who gave blood samples for the project. The type of DNA found in the tooth hadn't yet appeared in anyone who wasn't a relative of Jesse James, they said.
http://www.herald.com:80/content/today/news/florida/digdocs/087225.htm The city's program for protecting resources has been stymied from its start, in 1982, by a lack of commitment from a City Commission more concerned with property owners' rights and development than with preserving the past.
http://flash.oregonlive.com/cgi-bin/or_nview.pl?/home1/wire/AP/Stream-Parsed/OREGON_NEWS/o0307_PM_OR--TimeCapsule Crews working to move a historic railroad depot have discovered a metal time capsule in a hollow cornerstone, apparently hidden there 87 years ago by the city's pioneers.