Wednesday, October 28, 2020,
2:30-3:30 pm, a Zoom Webinar*
Turquoise has a long-standing tradition among Native cultures of the Southwest, holding special significance and profound meanings for individual tribes. Even before the recent practice of combining silver with turquoise, cultures throughout the Southwest used turquoise in necklaces, earrings, mosaics, fetishes, and medicine pouches, and made bracelets of basketry stems lacquered with piñon resin and inlaid turquoise. Turquoise has been combined with other elements such as shell, jet, and coral, and featured significantly in a far-reaching elaborate trade network. Found on six continents, turquoise forms in arid regions through the process of water seeping through rock and interacting with copper, aluminum, and iron deposits. Carrie Cannon will take us exploring the long tradition of the stone’s distinctive cultural styles and history.
Carrie Cannon is a member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and is also of Oglala Lakota descent. She has a BS in Wildlife Biology and an MS in Resource Management. In 2005 she was employed by the Hualapai Tribe of Peach Springs, AZ, to begin an intergenerational ethnobotany program for the Hualapai community. She is currently an Ethnobotanist for the Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources, where she administers a number of projects promoting the intergenerational teaching of Hualapai ethnobotanical knowledge to preserve and revitalize that knowledge as a living practice and tradition.
Edited by Suzanne Ferguson, Academy Village Volunteer
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