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From: Mile Laverde jmlave@swbell.net The El Paso Archaeological Society Presents: Melinda Leach, Ph.D. Speaking on: The Desert as Place and Promise" Thursday, October 21, 1999, 7:30 PM. Neill Auditorium in the Business Administration Building at UTEP. Deserts sometimes have been seen by writers, travelers, and purveyors of popular culture as barren, lifeless, colorless, even threatening places. But people, who have lived or worked in the desert, now and in antiquity, have experienced a very different reality. For the first explorers, ethnographers, and archaeologists that came to the Southwest, the desert represented something romantic, foreign, and even mystical. The Southwestern desert captured the fascination of outsiders and onlookers who felt compelled to know the place intimately. Most were not invited, some left behind a trail of offenses, and others stayed and helped shape the complex cultural melange that is the Southwest today. How have outsiders attempted to convey a sense of this place? I, too, am an outsider who has been captivated by the Southwestern desert-its landscape, its ancient places, its people. Through pictures, historical anecdotes, the "voices" of early ethnographers and archaeologists, and some personal reflections on my journey through a career in archaeology, I plan to convey some of the ways in which the Southwestern desert has been observed and characterized. And along the way, I hope to explore how the desert has been a powerful, life-giving, nurturing, and creative inspiration for people over the millennia. The lecture is free and open to the public. For further information please call 755-4332 or check our web site at www.epas.com

October is Archaeology Awareness Month Sponsored by: The El Paso Archaeological Society, The City of El Paso, The El Paso Heritage Foundation, and The Texas Historical Commission. All events are at The Wilderness Park Museum (WPM), 4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso, Texas unless otherwise specified. For further information call: (915) 755-4332 or check the EPAS Web Site at http://www.epas.com. Activities: 10 AM- 4 PM: All events are free and open to the public. Admission fees will be waived on each Saturday during October 2, 9, 16, and 23.

Scheduled Events:

October-November Exhibit in the WPM Auditorium/Gallery: "Two Border Cities: Live on the Line", and the opening of an exhibit in the foyer of three new prehistoric Southwest culture area maps.

2 Oct. 2 PM "History Beneath Our Feet: Urban Archaeology in El Paso", Dr. John Peterson, UTEP 2 & 3 Oct. 10 AM-12 noon, and 1-3 PM "Meet the Director" who'll identify artifacts and answer your archaeological questions. 2 & 3 Oct. 10 AM-4 PM Help harvest an Indian Garden of corn, beans, squash, and amaranths. 2 & 3 Oct. 10 AM-4 PM Corn grinding with manos and metates. 2 & 3 Oct. 2-4 PM Come paint a paper pueblo pot. 2 & 3 Oct. 10 AM-2 PM Basket-making workshop and sale. 2 & 3 Oct. 10 AM-12 noon Create your own rock art. 2 & 3 Oct. 10-11 AM Indian story-telling with "The Great White Father. " 2 & 3 Oct. 10 AM-4 PM Cactus and Rock Club/Native Plant Society plant sale. 2 & 3 Oct. 10 AM-4 PM Raffle for Bill Rakocy mural ($0.50). 3 Oct. 11 AM "High-tech. Field Methods for the Next Millennium", Mr. Mark Willis, of UTEP. 9 Oct. 10 AM-12 noon Archaeological excavation practicum (by reservation, ten person maximum, eight years and up). 9 Oct. 2 PM "Buffalo Soldiers, et al", Dr. Steven Mbutu, of UTEP. 9 & 10 Oct. 10 AM-12 noon Atlatl dart-throwing. 9 & 10 Oct. 10 AM-4 PM Rock and Cactus Club/Native Plant Society plant sale. 9 & 10 Oct. 10 AM-4 PM Raffle for Bill Rakocy mural ($0.50). 9 & 10 Oct. 11 AM-12 noon Archaeological video series "Sentinels of Silence, Aztec". 10 Oct. 2 PM "Two China towns: Juárez/El Paso" Ms. Anna Fahy, of UTEP. 10 Oct. 2-4 PM Archaeological laboratory analysis practicum (by reservation). 16 Oct. 10 AM-4 PM World Famous El Paso Archaeological Society Book Sale. 16 Oct. 10 AM-12 noon Archaeological excavation practicum (by reservation, ten person maximum, eight years and up). 16 Oct. 11 AM Reading Jornada Mogollon Rock Writing, Mr. Joe Ben Sanders, Bent, NM.. 16 & 17 Oct. 10 AM-4 PM Rock and Cactus Club/Native Plant Society plant sale. 16&17 Oct. 10 AM-12 noon Atlatl dart-throwing demonstration. 16&17 Oct. 10 AM-4 PM Raffle for Bill Rakocy mural ($0.50). 16&17 Oct. 11 AM-12 noon Archaeological video series "Silent Witness, Thieves of Time". 17 Oct. 2 PM "Recent Developments in Chihuahua Archaeology", Dr. R. Ben Brown, Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History, Chihuahua. 17 Oct. 2-4 PM Archaeological laboratory analysis practicum (by reservation). 21 Oct. 7:30 PM, Neil Auditorium, at UTEP. "The Desert as a Place and Promise". Dr. Melinda Leach, The University of North Dakota, El Paso Archaeological Society meeting. 23 Oct. 10 AM-12 noon Archaeological excavation practicum (by reservation, ten person maximum, eight years and up). 23 & 24 Oct. 10 AM-12 noon Atlatl dart-throwing demonstration. 23 & 24 Oct. 10 AM-4 PM Rock and Cactus Club/Native Plant Society plant sale. 23 & 24 Oct. 10 AM-4 PM Raffle for Bill Rakocy mural ($0.50). 23 & 24 Oct. 11 AM-12 noon Archaeological video series: "Maya Lords of the Jungle". 24 Oct. 2-4 PM Archaeological laboratory analysis practicum (by reservation).

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