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Native American Archaeology in the Parks: Virtual Author Event with Ken Feder

Tuesday December 27 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a virtual event with author and archaeologist Ken Feder to celebrate his new book, Native American Archaeology in the Parks.

Historian Wallace Stegner characterized America’s National Park system as “the best idea we ever had.” One can quibble with that, but, indeed, it was a pretty good idea! This book specifically is a guide and a celebration of 30 of those national parks, national historical parks, and national monuments that, each in its own way, reveals the histories and cultures of America’s first inhabitants, the Native Americans.

Its pages will take you to:

  • great mounds in Ohio where the dead were laid to rest in sumptuous splendor 2,000 years ago
  • a place in Iowa where 1,000 years ago, Native Americans sculpted earth into the forms of giant bears and birds
  • a quarry in Minnesota where Native People have, for hundreds of years, extracted blood-red stone for their ceremonial pipes
  • the remains of a village in North Dakota visited by Lewis and Clark in the early 1800s and the home of their guide Sacagewea
  • truly breathtaking, more than 700-year-old cliff dwellings in Arizona and Colorado, that will astonish you in their ethereal beauty and architectural ingenuity
  • phantasmagorical images of 7-foot-tall, wide-eyed spirit beings in Utah painted more than 1,000 years ago
  • And many more.

All of these sites have in common the fact that, at the insistence of Native and non-Native people, men and women, the federal government of the United States set them aside as places to preserve, study, and revere as part of the American story no matter where your ancestors came from, how they got here, or how long ago. Read this book and visit the historically sacred sites enshrined in our national parks, national historical parks, and national monuments, places that reveal the creativity and genius of the Native People of North America.

With 180 color photographs and complete visitor information, this is a wonderful guide to Native American archaeology in our national parks and monuments.

Kenneth Feder holds a Ph.D. in anthropology, and is an emeritus professor of anthropology at Central Connecticut State University. He writes extensively in the field, and is noted for his criticism of pseudo-archaeology in the books Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology and Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology: From Atlantis to the Walam Olum. He has appeared on the National Geographic Channel and the BBC, and is a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Dr. Feder is also the founder and director of the Farmington River Archaeological Project.

Please register. Zoom links will be sent out before the event.

Co-sponsored by the Avon Library and Avon Historical Society.


Tuesday December 27
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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