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Four Corners Lecture Series Presents Navajo Long Walk and Treaty of 1868
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Mesa Verde National Park will be hosting a discussion of the Navajo Long Walk on Friday, June 6, as part of the annual Four Corners Lecture Series. The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Far View Lodge at Mesa Verde National Park and is led by Mr. Harry Walters, who will explore the repercussions of the Long Walk and the legislation that followed.
The Four Corner Lectures Series features presentations about the archeology, current Native American cultures, history, and natural resources of this spectacular area. All programs are free and open to the public.
Mr. Walters was born and raised in Cole, Arizona, near the uranium mines. He attended school at Shiprock Boarding School and Aztec High School, and then spent 2 years at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe before graduating from Goddard College in Vermont with a BA in anthropology. He also did graduate studies at Prescott College in Arizona. Harry was the director of the Hatathli Museum at Dine College in Tsaile, Arizona, for 35 years and taught Navajo culture and history at the college before retiring in 2008. He currently is an adjunct faculty member of Dine College and San Juan College in Farmington.
The Four Corners Lecture Series is sponsored by Anasazi Heritage Center; Aramark Parks and Destinations; Bureau of Land Management; Cortez Cultural Center; Crow Canyon Archaeological Center; Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum; Fort Lewis College Office of the President, Dept. of Anthropology and Center of Southwest Studies; Hisatsinom Chapter Colorado Archaeological Society; KSJD Dryland Community Radio; Mesa Verde Foundation; Mesa Verde Museum Association; and Mesa Verde National Park.
For a list of other programs in the series, visit www.mesaverde.org/four-corners-lecture-series.
Did You Know?
The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.