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“Discover Anthropology” lecture series continues with Who are the Apaches?

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“Discover Anthropology” lecture series continues with Who are the Apaches?

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—The “Discover Anthropology” lecture series continues at EAC’s Discovery Park Campus in Safford on March 29, at 6:30 p.m. with Who are the Apaches?

In southeastern Arizona, legends, biased descriptions of events, and ethnocentric feelings die hard when it comes to Apache history,” said Harry Swanson, Dean of EAC’s Discovery Park Campus and presenter of the lecture. “In fact, there are those who have heard the tales of atrocities committed against their ancestors first-hand from their Anglo or Apache grandparents.”

“Therefore,” continued Swanson, “what serves as abstract history in other parts of the country becomes a very personal discussion of family events. Consequently, this history is not so benign to us,” he said.

In this lecture, Swanson will briefly address migrations, history, art, and some ritual manifestations of the Na-Dine-speaking Chiricahua, Mescalero, Western, Kiowa, Jicarilla, and Lipan Apache people. “The Apache culture and the history if its enigmatic Athapaskan people is a very interesting story to tell. And while the historical anecdotes will represent a mostly Native-American centered view,” said Swanson, “I believe attendees from any culture will benefit, perhaps even enjoy, the information about these people who so influenced the development of the West.”

This presentation will address some of the most horrific events in the history of this area and people with small or sensitive children may wish to carefully consider the value of this lecture to them.

For more information about the series or the Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at (928) 428-6260.