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EAC continues free cultural lecture series with “Who are the Desert Peoples of the Southwest?”

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[Click Image to Enlarge] EAC’s Discovery Park Campus continues its anthropology lecture series with Who are the Desert Peoples of the Southwest? at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2008. Pictured is an early Pima house. [Contributed photo]

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—The public is invited to the next installment of EAC’s continuing anthropology lecture series as Dean Harry Swanson presents a program on the desert peoples of the Southwest. Swanson’s free presentation, suitable for all ages, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2008, in the Jupiter Room of the Gov Aker Observatory at EAC’s Discovery Park Campus in Safford.

“This program is a quick overview of previously shared information on the Hohokam and discusses that culture’s contribution to the modern desert peoples,” said Swanson, who pointed out that he intends to have separate presentations on each group in the future. “Then, we will briefly examine a short history, some basketry, contemporary income generation, and a few unique cultural traits of the Akimel O’Odham, Tohono O’Odham (‘Pima’ and ‘Papago’), Yaqui, Utes, and Paiutes,” concluded Swanson.

For more information about this free presentation or EAC’s Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at (928) 428-6260.