Sunday October 10, 1999

CALIFORNIA The fifth annual California Indian Storytelling Symposium and Festival is Nov. 6 and 7 at the Smith Center at Ohlone College. Call (510) 651-6414.

ARIZONA Eighteen Yaqui households make up the village of Penjamo in Scottsdale. About 300 Yaqui members live in four cul-de-sacs near the Vista center. Yaquis settled in the Scottsdale area as well as Tucson and Guadalupe when they fled Mexico around the turn of the century. The effort to recognize the tribe has been coordinated by San Francisco-based artist Mario Martinez, a Yaqui and Scottsdale native.

UTAH,1249,125007136,00.html? The Glen Canyon Natural History Association kicks-off October 21st with "Everett Ruess: Mystery in the Escalante." Contact the Glen Canyon Natural History Association at 1-520-645-3532.

COLORADO DAM has been dabbling in votes. Fiscal conservatives are questioning the appropriateness of politicking by a museum that receives city funding, regional sales tax dollars and federal tax-exempt status. It certainly doesn't bode well for the ethics of the campaign.

TEXAS Because the state agency cannot afford a full staff of professionals, Allinger assembled a team of makeshift archaeologists: a small-town museum curator, a couple of archaeology students looking for hard-to-find field experience and harder-to-find adventure, and a historian who had never before wielded a metal detector. Allinger's challenge to conventional wisdom has drawn widespread attention from her peers. There is no question that the previous notion of the Indian War on the plains is changing.

MESOAMERICA On the southern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula squeezed between Mexico and Guatemala, detective skills come in handy. By using knowledge of how Maya pottery styles changed over time, McKillop and her team can use pottery debris to determine the age of a site.

CYBERIA The lone survivor from Custer's unit at Little Big Horn, labeled by some historians as the "ugliest horse in the Army," is the subject of not one, but two documentaries. After the battle, soldiers placed the horse in a wagon and took him to the stables at Fort Lincoln in Nebraska where he was placed in a sling. It took him nearly a year to recover from his wounds. Comanche lived the last three years of his life at Fort Riley. He died in 1891. He was stuffed and mounted and has been on display ever since at the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas. Most people don't know that Cincinnati is the birthplace of paleontology in America, Mr. Sumrall says. You go back 100 years and nine out of 10 major paleontologists are from Cincinnati. Although the stone artifacts from early digs are stable, the paper labels that identify many of them are deteriorating. Often they are in the handwriting of the original researchers, so they are historic artifacts themselves, in need of preservation.