San Juan Basin Archaeological Society

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Next SJBAS Meeting
Thursday, November 13th

Fort Lewis College

The next SJBAS meeting will be held on Thursday, November 13th, at the Lyceum in the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. After a brief business meeting, past SJBAS president Andrew Gulliford, Ph.D. will present: "Looking for History: Learning to Read the Landscape".

This talk will focus on understanding and protecting a variety of cultural resources on public lands including: petroglyphs, pictograms, historic trails, historic inscriptions, culturally modified ponderosa pine trees, and cowboy line camps. The lecture will include the Animas Canyon toll road, recently added to the La Plata County Historical Register by the La Plata County Commissioners. The presentation will include Hispanic aspen tree carvings by sheepherders and the iconography of aspen tree art including dates, inscriptions, portraits, and erotica. Because most of the best carvings were made during the height of sheepherding on public land between 1910 and 1945, aspen art is a rare cultural resource that is being lost over time. The goal of the talk is to have the audience understand the wide variety of historical artifacts and human-caused cultural modifications on diverse Southwestern landscapes.

Andrew Gulliford is a professor of history and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango. He teaches popular courses in wilderness, environmental history, and national parks. He is the author of America’s Country Schools, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, and Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, which won the Colorado Book Award.  He also edited Preserving Western History, which was voted one of the best books on the Southwest by the Tucson-Pima County Library.  The University of Oklahoma Press recently published his new book Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology (2014) and it is a finalist for the Arizona/New Mexico Book Award in the category of nature/environment.

He writes a monthly column titled “Gulliford’s Travels” for the Southwest life section of the Durango Herald and The Cortez Journal and some of his essays are picked up by the “Writers on the Range” syndicated column of High Country News. He also writes a monthly public land column for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

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