This evening's event is co-sponsored by the:
*** Mesa County Astronomy Club, hosting
** Old Spanish Trail Association (OSTA)
* Colorado Archaeological Society- GJ chapter (CAS-GJ)
Col. (Ret) Al Matheson will describe celestial navigation techniques that were in use during the historic period and share some of his collection of antique navigation instruments of the period.
Col. Matheson is a Master Navigator and Senior Space Operations Officer with a decorated career in the Air Force. He is a noted speaker and lecturer on National Historic Trails, aviation archeology, and has been an active leader of the Old Spanish Trail Association.
We will also discuss preliminary plans for a Star Festival tentatively planned for Late May, Early June 2019 time frame.
Especially with 3 organizations promoting this event, it is suggested you arrive early if you hope to get a seat!
Barb has traveled all the way from Paradise Valley, Arizona by request to share with us her knowledge of Navajo plants as described in the book, 'Nanise’ she co-authored. This book provides the Navajo name for 100 plants found on the Navajo Reservation. It also describes how the plant was used – whether ceremonial, medicinal or household purposes complete with illustrations.
Barb is a journalist, author and juried artist. She lived for a decade with her family on the Navajo Reservation, first in Tuba City and then the Navajo capitol, Window Rock. Barbara can tell a story through her paintings of the southwest as well as her writings.
It will be a special honor and opportunity to hear about these stories in GJ at our CAS/GJ meeting.
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Since it is December, the month so many of us bake cookies, candies and share with others . . . please bring some of your home baked holiday treats to share this evening before or during the meeting.
Meet with the CAS-GJ Book Club to discuss House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday. It will be a great chance to read about archaeology, anthropology, history - and then have a chance to discuss what we learned.
The owner of Out West Books typically orders copies of the books we read and it may also available through Mesa County Libraries. This will be a great chance to read about our local area, discuss what we read, and get to know each other better.
Below is a review of House Made of Dawn:
The magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a stranger in his native land
A young Native American, Abel has come home from a foreign war to find himself caught between two worlds. The first is the world of his father's, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, and the ancient rites and traditions of his people. But the other world -- modern, industrial America -- pulls at Abel, demanding his loyalty, claiming his soul, goading him into a destructive, compulsive cycle of dissipation and disgust. And the young man, torn in two, descends into hell.
If you're thinking to yourself, "I'd like to attend but I'm not sure if I can read the book by the time we meet", don't worry. Everyone is welcome regardless of how much you have read.
At the book club meeting we will also discuss future books for the reading list. You need not be a paid member of CAS-GJ to attend the Book Club.
It is chapter policy that to participate in field trips you do need to be a paid member. If you want to go see some of our area's awesome archaeology and history CAS-GJ field trips are a great way to do that. If you are not a member and want to learn about membership go to www.cas-gj.org then click a link for 'Join'.
**** Please be aware that since we are using the bookstore after regular closing time, it would be very nice if each of us would buy something in the store; even if it just a window decal.****
CAS-GJ Board meetings are open to anyone interested in archaeology in western Colorado and the adjacent states.
Our 'board' is made up of volunteers who have agreed to take on various tasks to help the chapter run smoothly.
You are invited and encouraged to attend these meetings and find an active role for yourself in the success of our chapter.
Please give a little of your time to help our chapter to continue to be such a rousing success. If you have questions about how you can be involved/help or want to chat about what you have to add, feel welcome to attend a board meeting or contact any of the board members.
• Doug Van Etten - President[masked]
• Geoff Peterson - Vice President & PAAC coordinator[masked]
• Gayle Smith - Secretary[masked]
• Janice Shepherd - Treasurer & BLM-GJ Liaison[masked]
• Ed VanderTook - Director-at-large & CAS Representative
• Lorna Reed - Director-at-large & Librarian
Meanwhile ... if you want something discussed by the Board please let Doug know. Among other topics we want to discuss:
** How the December 10th meeting went with the 'new' projector, our guest speaker, Walt's weaving Show n Tell and more.
** Preparation for Dr. Seebach's 2nd Annual Update on the World's Palaeo Indian Knowledge.
** Update on 'new' meetup website -- www.CAS-GJ Members Only -- and progress toward using that &/or Wild Apricot
** Field trip discussion on any variations
** Full report on our recent audio-visual purchases
** Update on speakers for February, March and beyond
** More, more and maybe . . . more
Some of you may recall Dr John Seebach gave a talk at the January 2018 CAS-GJ meeting that was an update on the latest and most cutting-edge research and findings in the field of palaeo-Indian archaeology.
That was so interesting and informative we asked Dr. Seebach to do the same thing again at our January 2020 meeting.
Well . . . the idea was so popular, Dr. Seebach has agreed to come give us an annual update in 2019 on what has been happening and shaking in the world of palaeo-Indian archaeology.
• What we'll do
CMU professor, Dr. John Seebach, will give us an update on the latest and most cutting-edge research and findings in the field of palaeo-Indian archaeology.
• What to bring
• Important to know