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“Third Thursday Food for Thought”
December 17, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
“From Hohokam to Salado: The Kayenta Diaspora in the Southwest” dinner presentation with Dr. Jeffery J. Clark on Decemeber 17, 2015, 6-8:30 PM at U-Like Oriental Buffet Asian Cuisine, 5101 N. Oracle Rd. (at River Rd.) in Tucson. Dr. Clark will discuss and illustrate how an estimated 5,000 to 7,500 Kayenta people from northeastern Arizona immigrated to and through the Colorado Plateau and Mogollon region during the late 13th century, some of them ultimately reaching southeastern Arizona where they encountered highly sedentary irrigation communities with variable ties to the Hohokam World. Although the Kayenta were a dispersed minority, they resisted assimilation and retained some aspects of their homeland identity, causing some tense initial relations with the populations already living in lands where the immigrants had resettled. After a generation or two, however, tensions abated as indicated by widespread exchange of Salado polychrome pottery and obsidian from southwestern New Mexico.
Make your reservations by calling Old Pueblo Archaeology Center at 520-798-1201. Reservations are required by 3 PM on the day before the dinner because the Fire Code limits meeting room capacity and because the restaurant needs advance notice to schedule their staff.