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Verde Valley Archaeology Fair
Second annual events includes hands-on activities, presentations and entertainment
Courtesy photoThe Turtle Creek Crown Dancers from the White Mountain Apache Tribe will perform the traditional Apache Crown Dance on Saturday at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
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The Turtle Creek Crown Dancers from the White Mountain Apache Tribe will perform the traditional Apache Crown Dance on Saturday at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
VVN/Raquel HendricksonThe second annual Verde Valley Archaeology Fair is at the Camp Verde Community Center March 30-31.
VVN/Raquel Hendrickson

The second annual Verde Valley Archaeology Fair is at the Camp Verde Community Center March 30-31.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center will hold the second annual Verde Valley Archaeology Fair during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month on Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is an official scheduled event with the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office that coordinates many activities held during March throughout Arizona.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair will be held in the Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S. Main St., just before entering Fort Verde State Historic Park. The Fair is free and features archaeology-themed programs and interactive activities for the whole family. Activities created and presented by archaeologists, educators and other specialists will include archaeology methods demonstrations and exhibits on pottery sherd identification, stone tools, excavation tools and techniques, prehistoric astronomy techniques and rock art methods and meanings. There will also be informational booths including the Yavapai-Apache Nation. A special "archaeology for kids" area will let them explore through a number of hands-on activities.

On Saturday, March 30, at 2 p.m., Director of Archaeology Dr. Todd Bostwick will give a presentation on his recent trip to Crete and the Minoan Culture. The Minoan civilization was a Bronze Age civilization that arose on the island of Crete and flourished from approximately the 27th century BC to the 15th century BC. It was rediscovered at the beginning of the 20th century through the work of the British archaeologist Arthur Evans. On Sunday, March 31, at 2 p.m., Executive Director Ken Zoll will show the film Sacred Shadows of Time on the solar calendar at the V Bar V Heritage Site and provide additional insights on the discovery. Both free presentations will be at the Archaeology Center, 385 S. Main Street in Camp Verde.

The annual American Indian Art Show will also be held in the Community Center on March 30-31. This invitational show features artists with Southwestern tribal affiliations who have exhibited at select Indian Markets. This year's show includes Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and Yavapai artists, plus artists from the New Mexico Acoma Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo. This ensures attendees of high quality and authentic Native American works of art. Our Featured Artist is Joshua Madalena. He is a passionate self-expressive artist who is driven by his ancestral Jemez Pueblo heritage. His pottery exudes elegance and a spiritual grandeur as each piece is a reflection of his own personal quest for honoring his ancestors. Using traditional methods of natural resources and high-temperature organic pit-firing coupled with a natural gift, Joshua has brought the black-on-white pottery of Jemez back into the main stream of Native American pottery, much to the delight of collectors. His revival of the 300 year-old lost art tradition is considered by experts to be the most complex of pottery revivals in pueblo history.

The Turtle Creek Crown Dancers from the White Mountain Apache Tribe will perform the traditional Apache Crown Dance on Saturday at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the White Mountain Apache Youth Club will perform their dances at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Additional Native American entertainers will perform throughout the Art Show.

To the Hopi an individual goes through multiple life cycles or symbolic life cycles. With every cycle the individual grows in an number of ways. On Saturday evening, March 30, at 7 p.m. at the Sedona Public Library, Ramson Lomatewama will give a presentation on a number of topics relating to the development and growth of a child into an adult. He will also speak on the concept of educating students using traditional values. Ramson is a published poet, cultural anthropology consultant, farmer, and artist who participates in Hopi traditional culture. Ramson is a traditional-style katsina doll carver who has developed a unique contemporary hot glass art based on ancestral images which are a "contemporary expression of Hopi spirit and belief." He will also be displaying his art during the American Indian Art Show. A $10 donation is requested for his presentation.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is located at 385 S. Main Street in Camp Verde will be open throughout the Festival to view exhibits and to learn more about the archaeology of the area. Information about the Fair is available on the Center's events website at or by calling (928) 567-0066.

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