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Every Yard Boasted a Metate: Ask the Author with Will Stoutamire
Live Presentation via Zoom
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Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022 12:00 PM
Arizona / Mountain Standard Time
Who owns a region’s history? Join us as Journal of Arizona History author William Stoutamire shares the story of how many people in Flagstaff answered that very question in the early 1900s. By the late 1800s, many Hispanic and Anglo Americans in northern Arizona had begun “pothunting”--that is, playing amateur archaeologist and taking artifacts from Indigenous historic sites. Eventually, notable professional archaeologists from back east set their sights on northern Arizona, taking the region’s buried treasures back with them, often to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. To stop this flow of historic artifacts away from the region, local residents decided to open a museum in Flagstaff--the Museum of Northern Arizona--that could preserve, maintain, and display the artifacts found in the area. Join us as William Stoutamire unearths the story of how a treasured local institution in Flagstaff came to be.
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