Apr. 2012   We had our annual potluck. View Picture

Mar. 2012   Dr. Greg Hansen, Ponca, demonstrated various traditional instruments, such as drums, flutes, whistles and rattles, while telling traditional stories about how the instruments had been made and the meaning behind them. View Picture

Feb. 2012   Dr. Clinton Pattea, Tribal President of Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation , and Judy Confer, Executive Director of the River of Time Museum, spoke about the Fort McDowell Indian Community past and present. View Picture

Jan. 2012   Jeff Begay, Navajo Warrior, spoke about his family history during the "Long Walk" and his warrior family's participation in the U.S. Armed Forces. View Picture

Dec. 2011   Lance Polingyouma, archaeologist and Hopi historian, spoke about the Hopi Migration Project, which undertook several trips to Mexico and Guatamala to look for evidence of Pueblo cultural origins. View Picture

Nov. 2011   David Morris from the Pueblo Grande Museum spoke about the 21 Native tribes of Arizona.

Apr. 2011   We had a potluck get together. Sue Manning, head of the knitting connection was there and donated about 200 new hand knitted items to be given to people on the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni Reservations.

Mar. 2011   We watched a film called The Canary Effect, which deals with the native American Cultures after European contact.

Feb. 2011   Naturalist David Morris, of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, spoke about medicinal uses of desert plants and how they were used by native tribes. View Picture

Jan. 2011   Tim Terry, of the Akimel O'odham reservation works as a traditional couselor for the Department of Human Services. He talked about the history of the Akimel O'odham people while demonstrating gourd rattles, calendar sticks, medicine bags, songs and storytelling. View Picture

Dec. 2010  Forrest Chimerica, full-blooded Hopi, cultural interpreter at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort, spoke about his life growing up in the modern and traditional Hopi culture.

Nov. 2010Raphael Bear, former Tribal President of Fort McDowell, spoke about the history of the Orme Dam dispute.

Oct. 2010  We watched a film called Broken Rainbow, which deals with the Navajo - Hopi land dispute.

Apr. 2010  Rafael Baer, former tribal chairman of Fort McDowell Yavapai Reservation, spoke to us about the history of our neighbor, Fort McDowell Reservation, and the Yavapai people.

Mar. 2010  We had a potluck get together with special guests Frank and Charlene Reano from San Felipe Pueblo, New Mexico. They are well known all over the world for making jewelry with stones overlaid on shell. View Picture

Feb. 2010       Gregory Hansen spoke about the significance of Veterans in Native American cultures.                  

Jan. 2010       Dr. David Morris from the Pueblo Grande Museum spoke about prehistoric rock art.                  

Dec. 2009 Steven Semken, ethnogeologist from Arizona State University, and former teacher at Diné College, spoke on the geology of the Southwest. View webpage 

Nov. 2009  Indian jewelry expert Marie Wittwer from the Heard Museum North spoke about various techniques and styles of making Dinè (Navajo), Hopi and Zuni jewelry.

Heard Museum southwestern Indian art expert Jerry Bryan spoke about the nature of the native people of Arizona and their art. View Picture

Apr. 2009    Lance Polingyouma, the cultural interpreter at the Carefree Resort, talked about the relation between Native American migration patterns and their religious and growing season considerations.

Mar. 2009  We had a potluck get together with special guests Frank and Charlene Reano from San Felipe Pueblo, New Mexico. They are well known all over the world for making jewelry with stones overlaid on shell. View Picture  Another special guest was Sue Manning of the Knitting Connection, Inc. in Medford, Mass and Fountain Hills. The Knitting Commnection donated five huge bags of knitted gifts of blankets, ponchos, sweaters, hats, mittens and scarves to the children at San Felipe and Santo Domingo Pueblos in New Mexico.

Feb. 2009Greg Hansen, a native singer and dancer, shared with our group Apache and Hopi songs, along with music from other southwestern tribes. View Picture

Jan. 2009  Jonah Thompson, Navajo flute maker, flute player, and storyteller told the group about the Navajo creation story. View Picture

    We went on a field trip to the Carefree Resort for a campfire talk by Hopi Cultural Interpreter Lance Polingyouma.

Nov. 2008Charles King, of King Galleries of Scottsdale and author of the book "Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya, talked about the pottery of world famous Santa Clara potter, Margaret Tafoya. For more information about Margaret Tafoya, click Margaret Tafoya
Oct. 2008Reldon Schirch led a discussion of Native American healing rituals, spurred by his reading of a book by Dr. Carl A. Hammerschlag, a Phoenix psychiatrist. View Picture
Apr. 2008Jean Myers, Vice-President of the Grand Canyon chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, talked about Thomas Jefferson and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. View Picture
    We went on a field trip to the Carefree Resort for a campfire talk by Hopi Cultural Interpreter Lance Polingyouma.

    Time Travellers made up of Fountain Hills 4th and 5th grade students led us on a tour of the River of Time Museum.
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Jan. 2008Chief Peter Running Deer Silva, of the Hassanamisco and Shinnecock Reservations of Massachusetts and New York, spoke about events lost in the history of America, and the contributions of the Algonquin people to American history.View Picture
Dec. 2007Royce Manual, a member of the Aw-Aw Thun tribe (River People), from the Salt River-Pima Indian Community, spoke about the history and culture of the Salt River people.View Picture
Nov. 2007A documentary about the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II was shown. The film helps explain the mindset of the Navajo people at that time and why they were so patriotic to a country which had turned its back on them.
Oct. 2007A video called The Snowbowl Effect was shown. The video explores the controversy surrounding the proposed ski resort expansion and snowmaking on the San Francisco Peaks, north of Flagstaff. View Synopsis
Apr. 2007Ann Scavarda, Fountain Hills resident and spelunker, trained cartographer, and cave geology enthusiast gave a slide presentation about caving and her exploration, mapping and photography of Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico and other magnificent caves. She also answered questions about caving, equipment, and how she prepared for this hobby.View Picture
Mar. 2007Louie Gonnie, Dinè (Navajo) singer, composer and artist, whose Navajo songs were recorded on Canyon records, sang some of the songs he recorded, and talked about what the songs meant to him. Among the influences of his songs were the teachings of his grandfather, a medicine man, and the sacred mountains of the Navajo.View Picture
Feb. 2007Dr. Steven Semken, a geology professor at Arizona State University, taught geology at Diné College on the Navajo Reservation for 15 years. He talked about how he taught geology from a Navajo cultural perspective.View Picture
Jan. 2007Gerald Padilla, Fullerton College Professor of Southwest history, Chicano studies, and ethnic studies spoke about the differences between linear and circular cultures.View Picture
Dec. 2006Leonard Marcisz of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy spoke about the lives of women in the various cultures that have inhabited the McDowell Mountains.View Picture
Nov. 2006Nimrod Thomas of Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation spoke about his life and culture and showed a movie featuring the history and accomplishments of the Fort McDowell Yavapai tribe.View Picture
Oct. 2006Tim Minihan spoke on the planned American Indian Veterans Memorial to be built at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix.View Picture
Apr. 2006Author and historian, Robert Mason, spoke about the history of the Apache and Hohokam tribes in the Verde Valley.View Picture
Mar. 2006Greg Hansen, whose background is from the Ponci tribe, led us in some Native dances, while he sang for us in the traditional style.
Feb. 2006Lance Polingyouma, Hopi archaeologist, described his expedition to Mexico to trace the migration routes of the pueblo tribes to the American southwest.
Jan. 2006June and Francis Burnside, residents of Pine Springs, AZ, a native speaking community on the Navajo reservation, talked about life on the reservation.
Dec. 2005Jonah Thompson, Navajo flute maker, flute player, and storyteller told the group stories about the three stages of Navajo history: (1) Creation to Emergence, (2) War with Monsters, and (3) War with Men. Each story was followed by a piece of Indian flute music. He also discussed how flutes are made.
Nov. 2005Rick Wambach, head docent at the River of Time Museum, took us on a tour of the museum, preceded by a talk on the history of the Yavapai people and the Verde River valley.View Picture
Oct. 2005The group viewed a rare video of a Navajo sand painting ceremony and a sweat ceremony, filmed in the 1940's by Carl Steckel, who ran a trading post in Red Mesa. The film was loaned by Gil Somers, a local collector of Western art and Native American artifacts. Emerson Quannie, the promoter of the Fountain Hills Indian Market, was also introduced. In addition, Reldon Schirch described a trip in which he led a group of travel writers through various sites on the Navajo Reservation, which were included in Tony Hillerman's stories.View Picture
Apr. 2005Jefferson Begay, on a return engagement, spoke about the "Long Walk," Navajo history, and Navajo rugs.View Picture
Mar. 2005Lance Polingyouma, the Hopi Culture interpreter at the Hyatt Resort in Scottsdale, spoke about the evolution of the Hopi.
Feb. 2005David Morris, Visitor Services Coordinator of the Pueblo Grande Museum, spoke about Rock Art of the Southwest. He showed slides of rock art sites, and discussed possible interpretations.View Picture
Jan. 2005Fullerton College Professor of Southwest history, Chicano studies, and ethnic studies, Gerald Padilla, spoke about the Kino Mission system, and the Spanish conquest of the Southwest.
Dec. 2004

Greg Hansen, an educator, Plains style dancer, and singer was our speaker. View Picture

Nov. 2004

Artist and Educator, Justine Mantor Waldie did a presentation on The Day of the Dead, "Dia de los Muertos."

Oct. 2004

Jane Minihan, president of the Southwest Cultures Club, talked about her experiences on a trip to Mata Ortiz, Mexico and meeting Juan Quasada. She also discussed "The Lakota Sundance, and the Circle."

Apr. 2004

For a little change of format, we had fun and games night. We divided into teams and learned about the southwest by working crossword puzzles for prizes.

Mar. 2004

Lance Polingyouma, an official guide and interpreter for the Hopi Tribe, and Cultural Interpreter at the North American Environmental Learning Center in Scottsdale, AZ talked about Native American games such as La Crosse, and how different tribes' rules and implements reflected the different cultural beliefs of that tribe.

Feb. 2004

Rick Wombach, a docent at the River of Time Museum and the Heard Museum, talked about the history of water resources in Arizona, from the ancient Hohokam canals to the present. We also visited the River of Time Museum in Fountain HIlls, to view the SRP exhibit on water resources.

Jan. 2004

Merced Maldonado, a traditional Pascola dancer, storyteller, and Yaqui artist, talked about various characters in the Yaqui stories. He also brought some masks to represent the characters. View Picture

Dec. 2003Richard Siegle, who was the Director of Facilities for the National Museum of the American Indian from 1986-1995, was the speaker. Mr. Siegle showed a video entitled "Native Voices," and discussed the planning of the museum to include the Native Peoples' voice. The museum, which will open to the public in September, 2004, includes over 800,000 objects collected by George Gustav Heye (1874-1957) who was a New York banker.
Nov. 2003Jefferson Begay gave an interesting talk on various topics including the Long Walk of 1864-68 and his experience in Vietnam.
Oct. 2003Jane Miniham gave a short talk on the history of the Indian Tribes in Arizona and New Mexico, followed by a docent led tour of the River of Time Museum.
May. 2003Dr. Phillip Hammond, an archaeologist and Adjunct Profession of Anthropology at ASU, showed slides from the American Expedition to Petra. Dr Hammond led the expedition, which included 23 excavations in the area occupied by the Nabataeans, who lived in the Petra basin of Jordan in the 4th Century, B.C. Most notable has been the excavation of the "Temple of the Winged Lions", a Nabataean religious structure. View Picture
Apr. 2003Larry Blackhorse Lowe, a Navajo and a film student at Scottsdale Community College, showed four of his short films depicting elements of Navajo life.
Mar. 2003Jane Minihan of Sunset Gallery demonstrated techniques of silversmithing, and brought examples of southwest silver jewelry. View Picture
Feb. 2003Lance WhiteEagle, a Nakota Sioux from Montana and a Pipe Carrier, spoke about his work with the Native American Warrior Veterans Memorial Association, the First Nations Association, and the American Indian Justice Foundation. View Picture
Jan. 2003Jonah Thompson, a Navajo flute maker and storyteller played the flute, displayed some old handmade flutes from sunflower stalks and some new ones from ponderosa pine, and told stories about his relatives. View Picture
Dec. 2002Ramson Lowatewama, poet, artist, and teacher led a discussion about Hopi culture and integrating tradition with contemporary art and life. View Picture
Nov. 2002Serge Runningwolf Martel, of Mohawk and Hawaiian heritage, a psychologist, minister and shammon, talked about spiritualism. For more information on Serge Runningwolf Martel, visit his website at
Oct. 2002Lakota artist Len Yellowhorse from Oglala, S. D. showed his latest Lakota sculpture, which he carves from the roots of cottonwood trees. We also had a slide presentation showing different Southwestern tribal areas such as Zuni, Hopi and Navajo.
May 2002Round table discussion - people brought artifacts and told of an experience in the Southwest
Apr. 2002Video "Return of the Navajo Boy" was shown, followed by a discussion by David Brugge and his daughter Janet. David Brugge is a retired anthropologist from Albuqurque and Janet grew up at Hubbell Trading Post.
Mar. 2002 Robert Torres is of the Tlingit Culture from Alaska. He discussed the Button Blanket Dance and included audience participation with his charismatic charm.
Feb. 2002Rick Wambach talked about his experiences on the Navajo Reservation. He was a teacher and coach at St. Michaels (near Window Rock). He is now a docent at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.
Jan. 2002 Jerry Padilla - Native American history professor from Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA. Spoke about "duality" and the differences between "linear" and "circular" cultures.
Dec. 2001Ken Seowtewa from Zuni Pueblo showed slides of the Old Mission at Zuni and the lifesize Kachina figures which he and his father Alex are painting on the church walls.
Nov. 2001Tim Terry from the Akimel O'odham tribe spoke of his culture and told stories about his life.
Oct. 2001Video "How the West Was Lost," slides from the Navajo Reservation and discussion of Navajo life.
Sept. 2001Gwen Bahe, Council Woman from Fort McDowell, spoke about Yavapai Culture and showed a video about the history of Fort McDowell.