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Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's Indigenous Interests Presentation: Indigenous Views on Ancestors, Archaeology, and Interaction with Archaeologists, by Jefford Francisco
Mr. Francisco’s thoughts for this presentation:

"My name is Jefford Francisco. I have been a Cultural Affairs Specialist for the Tohono O’odham Nation since 2011. Types of projects I work on are surveys on the Tohono O’odham lands for homesites & fence lines. I also work with Indian Health Service, Ki:Ki: Housing Department and many education institutions. Within these projects you get to meet a lot of Archeologists who study different things like pottery, sea shells, grinding stones and so on.

“I also provide education on these topics to communities, schools, and monitor training groups. I hope to educate people so that they respect Hohokam and Tohono O’odham sacred sites. As I was growing up and even now a lot of O’odham do not understand what archeology is, our grandparents told us not to bother or take objects from a site or we would get sick. There are many significant cultural differences that are important to our culture.

“In my presentation I will share my experiences and knowledge as it relates to Archeology, the Hohokam and how they lived and worked in the desert. I will also cover Tohono O’odham sacred sites, plants & animals and the laws that protect them on and off tribal lands.

“I hope my presentation will give a better understanding of the Tohono O’odham and our relatives the Hohokam people.”

Nov 9, 2021 07:00 PM in Arizona

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