Sunday, November 7, 1999

TEXAS Archaeologist Patricia Mercado Allinger and her team have pieced together the Red River Indian War against the Comanches, Cheyenne and Arapahos. The war began in 1874 after an Indian raid on a U.S. trading post left three men dead. It lasted about a year. Oaks and Rumans have been at odds over the proposed district boundaries since March, when the state approved her nomination for consideration by the National Register of Historic Places. The 100-year-old Bayless-Selby house is coming back to life with the help of a committee from the Denton County Historical Commission.

NEW MEXICO A proposed county road projet must verify that the project will not damage any nearby archaeological sites. A letter from the state Office of Cultural Affairs Historic Preservation Division said there may be archaeological sites affected by construction on the roads, despite previous archaeological reports to the contrary.

ARIZONA Man-made marvels were created between 1905 and 1937 by a talented and driven architect named Mary Colter. Her buildings, including Hopi House, Lookout Studio, Hermit's Rest and the Watchtower, decorate the canyon's brink like a shelf of curios, all perfectly part of the spectacular setting. Colter designed these and other buildings when she worked for the Fred Harvey Co., which operated hotels, restaurants, shops and dining cars for the Santa Fe Railway beginning in 1876. Colter played a huge role in putting the Southwest on the map by creating hotels and shops along the Santa Fe's railroad tracks and by decorating the interiors of dazzling new train stations in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., and L.A.

NEVADA The Phoenix intaglio, archaeology and petroglyphs are a big topic at local Mensa gatherings.

CYBERIA Metaphors Defined by Warren R. DeBoer, Queens College CUNY. American Anthropological Association, Anthropology News, October 1999, pp 7-8. "... Archaeologist Defined: The above portrait of the archaeological enterprise can be summarized as follows. Archaeologists tend to be spectacled, hirsuite males who brandish sharp implements for digging holes. They do this in exotic, forbidden locales to seek - or refind - a lost bone! The astute, whether disposed toward Freudian analysis or not, will sense the oedipal and castration anxieties at the core of this picture. For instance, the bone as "lost phallus" is more transparently rendered here than in any Lacanian text that I've not been able to understand. Furthermore, the archaeologist, much like the Native American figure of the Trickster, seems confused about body orifices and gender. He appears to have trouble distinguishing his ass from hole-in-the-ground..." Schuyler Jones has come home to Wichita. The 69-year-old anthropologist said it was time to return to get back in touch with his roots.