Got CALICHE? The campus of Crow Canyon Archaeological Center has been bustling with youthful energy during the past month as Crow Canyon educators have conducted programs for over 300 students from Chinle, Many Farms, and Kayenta. Crow Canyon's curriculum enhances each student's understanding of the historical significance, and the need for preservation, of the ruins that are part of our environment. R. Carlos Nakai, renowned Navajo flutist, also supports the program by donating the proceeds from the benefit concert he performs as part of his Crow Canyon workshop. This year's concert is scheduled for July 22 in the Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. For more information, please call 970-565-8975, ext. 146. Archaeologists moved one step closer to publishing an account of the past 25 years' worth of knowledge about the prehistoric Chaco culture Monday, during a seminar hosted by Fort Lewis College. The lecture, held at the Abbey Theater, was an introduction to a three-day conference and workshop for about 10 archaeologists from universities across the country. They will collaborate on a chapter of a book that will consolidate the archaeological knowledge regarding the Chaco culture. It will be written in two versions, one for scholars and one for laymen. "Our goal is to synthesize what's known about Chaco," Jim Judge, a professor of anthropology at Fort Lewis College and the coordinator of this week's event, said.

[ See ] When the Museum first opened in October of 1998 there were only 20 display cases. Now after all the new additions there are 41 display cases, showing a collection of Wooden Money and Wooden Nickels dating back to the Depression era when printed "scrip" on wood replaced coins and paper money for the first time. These Wooden Nickels are from all kinds of businesses and organizations, from every state in the U.S. along with Canada, Mexico and other foreign countries. The Museum collection contains more than 1 million Wooden Nickels, representing the best of every era and almost every conceivable application of image to wood. Exhibits also include the evolution of Wooden Nickel printing technology from 1931 to the present day. [ Show me the tree rings! ]

M2 - Janet Catherine Berlo of the University of Rochester has received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for 1999. She is one of 179 artists, scholars, and scientists from nearly 2,800 American and Canadian applicants to receive an award this year. Berlo is Susan B. Anthony Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and professor of art history. She is nationally known for her extensive study in North American Indian art history and pre-Columbian art and archaeology, focusing on women's arts in textiles, prints, and drawings. Berlo will use her fellowship to continue her study of drawings made by Plains Indian men at the end of the 19th century. During that time period, male artists on the Great Plains began substituting pocket notebooks and ledgers for the animal hides on which they traditionally painted. The drawings, done in pencil, crayons, and watercolors, depict personal history and daily life as the Indians came under cultural pressure and displacement by both the U.S. military and settlers. Berlo's earlier studies on the topic resulted in an exhibition and catalogue of 150 historical drawings that were presented in Toronto and three American cities in 1997. She now plans a book that will focus on five Plains drawing books and their reflection of identity under changing social conditions.

M2 - Ten outstanding Bureau of Land Management (BLM) volunteers and three exceptional BLM employees were recognized in the BLM's 1999 "Making a Difference" national volunteer awards ceremony held at the historic Charles Sumner School Museum in Washington, DC. The 1999 winners represent the best national examples of volunteer work on the public lands. One winner, a geologist, identifies specialized clay deposits in New Mexico to assist Pueblo Indian potters. After a long and distinguished career as a geologist, educator and administrator, Edward Smith has been a senior volunteer with the BLM in New Mexico for nine years. He brings to his work an extensive knowledge of the geology and mineral resources of northern New Mexico. Ed has inventoried and reported on hundreds of abandoned mine sites on BLM lands. This involves extensive work, including map and literature research, field reconnaissance and site data collection. Ed also is an expert in adobe brick manufacturing and has a keen interest in the Hispanic and Native American cultures in New Mexico. He has identified specialized clay deposits for Pueblo Indian potters and clay to supply the adobe brick cottage industry. Ed has been a valuable contact for BLM in dealing with the various land ownerships and cultures in northern New Mexico. Sharing his scientific and cultural knowledge and developing a reputation as a friend in the community, Ed Smith is considered an important ambassador for the BLM in New Mexico...

...For nine years, Dr. Kornfeld has directed a partnership between the BLM and the University of Wyoming to research the Early Prehistoric Period in Middle Park, Colorado. This partnership has created numerous opportunities for volunteers from the Colorado Archaeological Society and the University of Wyoming. Volunteers have excavated sites, documented artifacts, mapped sites and written reports. Their efforts were rewarded when excavations revealed a bison kill site 10,200 years old. As a result of the collaboration between volunteer and scientific efforts, Middle Park has become known as potentially having one of, if not the highest, concentrations of PaleoIndian cultural sites in North America...

...Ira Juhl has served as President of the Pompeys Pillar Interpretive Association since 1993. Pompeys Pillar is a National Historical Landmark managed by the BLM in Montana. On July 25, 1806, Captain Clark signed his name on the rock, leaving behind the only physical evidence of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition. Under Ira's leadership, the 200-member association has raised funding for a fully accessible interpretive trail at the site; created an annual Clark Day commemoration; coordinated volunteers to staff the visitor center; and developed interpretive displays, living history costumes and brochures. In addition to his leadership duties, Ira has lent his carpentry skills to build a donation box, shelving, and frames. He also is among the volunteers contributing the most hours annually (conservatively estimated at over 2,000 hours a year) and has reached over 2,000 school children through his environmental education programs. It is the often-untold story of those whose generosity and Knowledge were instrumental to the journey's success. The people who fed, guided, wintered, traded, befriended, danced, cooked, hunted, mapped and helped clothe men who often were hungry and lost, numb from cold and fatigue. With the 200th anniversary of the epic journey fast approaching, many historians suggest it is an ideal time for Americans to understand and appreciate the stories on both sides of the Missouri. As the disappearance of Googie coffee shops and motels makes clear, sometimes growth means the old places must go. Usually the bulldozed rubble of old buildings ends up in the landfill. But there is an alternative: More and more often, parts of buildings are finding new life in businesses that specialize in architectural salvage. Southern California has not really embraced the recycling of the finer features of buildings past their prime. People in his line of work often are frustrated because they don't know a building is coming down until it's too late for someone to salvage its valuable, irreplaceable parts, he said. With the area around Disneyland being renovated for the 21st century, many of the goofy, gaudy, Space Age-themed structures built there during the 1950s are disappearing. But librarian Jane Newell, cruising the seedy streets with her camera, is on a mission to document the "Googie" architecture, named after a West Hollywood coffee shop built in the same futuristic style. "It's amazing that my car hasn't been rear-ended, because I keep driving down the street and slamming on the brakes when I see more Googie," she said. "This thing has grown -- to be perfectly honest, it has gotten out of hand." Newell, 41, says Googie architecture is rapidly disappearing as the area around Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center area undergo a major makeover. Newell and others are driven to preserve, on film at least, the city's examples of Googie, including space satellites, colorful genies and covered wagons. Examples include the rocket jungle gym at Boysen Park and the Satellite Shop-land sign on Katella Avenue. Newell, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., who holds a master's degree in archives and museum management, came to Anaheim six years ago to run the Anaheim History Room at the downtown Central Library.

May 3 PRN -- Calluna Technology, Ltd., the world's leading supplier of removable 1.8" PCMCIA hard disk drives, today announced that it has donated two of its 1040MB Callunacards to the Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads (CSEN) for use in an upcoming archaeological expedition to the Altai Mountains in Western Mongolia. These 1GB Type III PC Card hard disk drives will provide additional storage capacity for the digital cameras and PCs that will be used by both the expedition team, and the two teenage students selected to accompany them. The purpose of this study, which was organized by CSEN Executive Director Dr. Jeannine Davis-Kimball, is to learn more about the Saka nomads who ruled this Mongolian highland region from 500-300 B.C. The excavation effort will specifically focus on the Beiram Kurgan burial mound located at an elevation of 10,000 feet. It is here that the team expects to recover human and animal remains and artifacts that will provide important information about ancient international trade relations between the Chinese in the east, and the Persians and Greeks in the west. During the course of this expedition, the two teenage students taking part will be documenting the discoveries of the excavation, as well as other cultural topics of the region, using digital cameras and computers equipped with the 1GB Callunacards. This data will be recorded and compiled to produce a series of educational videos from the students' perspective, thus providing the information in a format which is more familiar and interesting to a youthful audience.