AIA_New_logo_300October 17, 2017 Lecture
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Old Pecos Trail Cafe
     2239 Old Pecos Trail

Dinner:                      5:30 PM

Our May Meeting is
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Old Pecos Trail Cafe

Meeting:                   7:15 PM
Lecture:                    7:30 PM

Local Speaker: Michael Bletzer
Subject: “
Recuerdos de mediodía: archaeological and historical snippets of the Rio Grande Piro province, c. 1500-1700

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Archaic Period Petroglyphs in the Northern Rio Grande
Richard Ford
Research Associate, Laboratory of Anthropology

Cupules and petroglyphs are two of the earliest forms of rock art we have in New Mexico. Both are evidence of spiritualism and shamanism in the Archaic period. This is a pre-agricultural gathering and atlatl hunting period covering 7,000 to 3,500 years ago. We will have ample illustrations of this rock ark and then take a tour to some of the best Archaic rock art in New Mexico

Ford Best

Richard (Dick) I. Ford received his B.A. (1963) from Oberlin College and his  M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. (1968) from the University of Michigan. He joined  the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology and Department of  Anthropology in 1969 as Assistant Curator of Ethnology and Director of  the Ethnobotany Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Anthropology. He  progressed through the ranks, becoming Curator of Ethnology and  Professor of Anthropology in 1977. Ford served as Director of the Museum of Anthropology from 1972 to 1983 and again from 2002 to 2005. He also  served as Chair of the Department of Anthropology (1989–1996) and as  Associate Dean for Research and Computing in the College of LSA  (1987–1989). Dick Ford retired from the University in 2007 and is now  Curator and Professor Emeritus, residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where  he maintains his active commitment to teaching, research and public  service.

Dick Ford is one of the world’s preeminent  ethnobotanists. Over his career as ethnologist, archaeologist, cultural  ecologist, and botanist, he has made immense contributions to our  understanding of the ways in which Native peoples of North America  managed and utilized plants as foods, medicines, and cultural symbols.  He began his research career in the American Southwest in 1962, while a  junior at Oberlin College, excavating at an archaeological site in New  Mexico and studying the ethnobotany and farming practices of the  modern-day inhabitants of nearby San Juan Pueblo. This work laid the  foundation for his later dissertation research at San Juan, which  remains a seminal study in cultural ecology. A hallmark of Professor  Ford’s work is his concern for the interplay between traditional beliefs and practices and the opportunities and constraints presented by the  environment. Over the years he has produced a corpus of studies  documenting patterns of plant use by prehistoric Native Americans.  Informed by his knowledge of botany and his ethnographic experience,  Professor Ford published a series of landmark theoretical papers that  have had a major and lasting impact on the practice of ethnobotany. In  addition, Richard Ford has always believed that anthropologists working  with Native Americans should give back to communities, not just take  from them. In that vein, he has devoted many years to working with  contemporary Pueblo communities, including serving as an expert witness  in land claims cases, and working with high schools.  

As Museum  curator and Director, Richard Ford also played a key role in enhancing  the curatorial and research potential of anthropology museums  nationwide. He helped to establish a National Science Foundation program on systematic research collections that supports upgrading the curation and accessibility of museum collections. As Director of the Laboratory  of Ethnobotany, Ford trained legions of undergraduate and graduate  students in ethnobotanical methods and analytical techniques, using the  laboratory’s unparalleled collections. Students in his undergraduate  Museums Techniques class gained practical experience in curation and  exhibit design, as they explored the history and social contexts of  Museums. As curator, he worked to expand and document the Museum’s  ethnographic and ethnobotanical collections and developed the Museum’s  on-line Historical Plant Use Database.

In addition to being named a University of Michigan Thurnau Professor for his contributions to  undergraduate education and many other University of Michigan honors,  Ford was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996.  Other honors include the Society for American Archaeology’s Fryxell  Award for Interdisciplinary Research (1987) and the American  Anthropological Association’s Boas Award for Service (2006), and the  Distinguished Ethnobiologist Award from the Society of Ethnobiology  (2011).

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