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EAC’s Discovery Park Campus lecture series presents “Southwest Baskets—Old and New”

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EAC’s Discovery Park Campus lecture series presents “Southwest Baskets—Old and New”

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus lecture series continues this semester with the second in a series of free slideshows and cultural lectures. On Saturday, January 31, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus, Harry Swanson, dean of Discovery Park Campus, will present a lecture on “Southwest Baskets—Old and New.”

“This is a family-friendly program that uses photographs from many sources and discusses Anasazi, Apache, Chemehuevi, Havasupai, Hopi, Maricopa, Mojave, Navajo, Paiute, Panamint, Papago, Pima, Raramuri, Pueblo, Yavapai, and Zuni contributions,” says Swanson. “Native Americans of the Southwest, both ancient and contemporary, are very famous for their superb basketry. A review of the various types of baskets produced by artisans can provide a glimpse into the cultures of the various peoples who made the Southwest famous.”

The baskets, woven from wood, grass, twigs, and other materials, are as functional as they are beautiful. “Many Native Americans, such as the Apache, preferred the use of baskets instead of using clay pots, simply because baskets are much lighter and easier to carry,” says Swanson. Baskets are also particularly useful since they do not break easily. In these baskets, the Native people would gather plant materials, nuts, and grains, so that they could transport them easily on long journeys.

“Join us on this pictorial journey through the fascinating world of Native basketry,” says Swanson. “All are invited to attend.” For more information about this lecture or Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at 428-6260.