MEXICO Mexico's poster art was steeped in mythology, intended originally as a form of propaganda for a country reemerging from a decade of revolution. The revolutionaries who defeated dictator Porfirio Diaz in 1920 wanted to exalt Mexico's indigenous past. The country's Indian heritage had been suppressed under 300 years of Spanish colonial rule. What emerged was a unique blend of contrasts: Indian and Spanish blood merging; a Catholic country that retained pagan worship, a country whose artists glorified the Indian, yet whose poorest citizens were mainly Indians. Poster art was Mexico's Hollywoodesque version of reality.

CALIFORNIA An Oak tree that for 200 years stubbornly clung to life in West Hollywood was doomed if apartments were built around it. The tree has been preserved and the town has learned much from the oak tree.

ARIZONA In an effort to bait the Hopi Tribe, Navajo resistors are planning to host a Sun Dance activity on Hopi Partitioned Lands. Some take chances to politicize events, then say they are religious in nature. Most potters use modern techniques and commercial materials, but some use all natural materials and work with traditional methods because of ties to Zuni religion and philosophy. The Museum of Northern Arizona is located three miles north of Flagstaff on Highway 180. For information, call (520) 774-5213 or visit

NEVADA In late May of 1850, John Orr found the first nugget of what would become the Comstock Lode. Orr's nugget was donated to the Nevada State Museum in 1969. It is currently on loan to the Oakland Museum for its exhibit "Gold Fever" but will be returned to the Nevada State Museum later this year and go on permanent display in 2000 to mark the 150th anniversary of its discovery. A skull of pioneer attorney, offered for sale by a Carson City man, was recovered from a backpack. Clayton was an attorney who arrived in Carson City in 1859. He made a unsuccessful bids for Supreme Court judge in 1868 and district court judge in 1870. Donald Engen, head of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, died Tuesday when a glider broke apart and crashed into a field.

UTAH SAN JUAN - Deborah Westfall has been named the new curator of collections for the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding. Westfall, who has a graduate degree from the University of Arizona, has 24 years of experience in archaeology in the Southwest. She previously worked for the Museum of Northern Arizona and Arizona State Museum and for the past 19 years was co-owner of Abajo Archaeology with her husband, Bill Davis. Westfall has served on several historical preservation projects in San Juan County including efforts to protect a pioneer cemetery in Bluff.


HISTORIC UTE REMAINS FIND FINAL RESTING PLACE 07/13/99 DELTA, Colo. (AP) The remains of two historic Ute Indians have been removed from museums and reburied. About 20 people traveled from the Northern Ute Indian Reservation in Utah to commemorate the reburials Saturday. "My heart is filled with happiness today," Ute Indian Museum Director C.J. Brafford said. "These friends were between the clouds and the earth and now have journeyed on to where they belong." The City of Delta voted in March to donate a burial plot for the remains of an infant found in Roubideau Canyon 34 years ago and an adult found in Montrose County several years ago. The infant's remains had been in a Delta museum and the young man's remains had been kept in a Denver museum. Utes believe people should be buried in the land where they have said their prayers, said Northern Ute Tribe Chairman Roland McCook. "These people have no known relatives," McCook said. "No one can claim them. Therefore, the tribe claims them." A few ceremonial items found with the remains were also buried in the cedar boxes: a button, wood fragments, a gun strap, fragments of a rifle, and a willow cradle board.

TEXAS The Denton downtown square may be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On July 24, the Texas Historical Commission in Austin will decide whether to approve the listing, considered the nation's top historic designation. The expected "yes" vote would send the designation to the National Park Service, which generally makes such designations official within a few months. Denton is fortunate in having its late-19th century square still largely intact, in contrast to many other towns in the United States. Plans are in the works for removing one of the roads crossing through Fort Concho National Historic Landmark. The plan is to remove Avenue C, east of Oakes Street and fill it in with new dirt. The fort would construct a path, called a ``company street,'' like the one that once existed when the fort was an actual army post. The path would be about 15 to 20 feet wide and lined with stones. It would take visitors from the visitors center down barracks row before crossing the parade grounds in front of the headquarters building. The plan also calls for interpretive signs and some lighting.

CYBERIA Is the '50s generation of Miami Beach architecture, the one that followed Art Deco, worthy of preservation, too?'S-.html The anchor was one of three Vancouver lost in 1792 while exploring Washington, British Columbia and Alaska.