Frontier Homestead State Park welcomes archaeologists young and old to participate in its’ annual Archaeology Day event on Saturday, May 4th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Visitors will participate in activities that highlight traditional Native American and pioneer crafts and skills, such as throwing an atlatl, making rope and cordage, flint knapping, and much more. There will also be ongoing demonstrations and native fry bread. Archaeology Month Art Contest winners will be recognized at 10:30 am. Paiute storytelling will be featured from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, and Paiute dancers will perform from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Cost is $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family.
Archeology Day is the kick-off event for a series of activities sponsored by Frontier Homestead State Park, Southern Utah University-College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Utah Project Archaeology, the Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau, The Park Place, The Pizza Cart, Farmers Insurance-Jesse Robinson, Intersearch, Transcon Environmental, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Cedar City Public Library.
The celebration of Utah Archaeology and Preservation Month continues on Tuesday, May 7th at the Cedar City Public Library at 7:00 pm with a special presentation by Diné (Navajo) cultural educator, Linda Bitsoie. Woven Together through Time will outline the history and process of creating traditional rugs, emphasizing how the important role of women is expressed through the art of weaving. Don’t miss this culturally engaging experience. It’s free and family friendly.
On Monday May 13th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, you can attend Artifact Discovery Night where you can engage with artifacts from 50 years of SUU Field School excavations. Director Barbara Frank invites the community to visit the SUU Archaeological Repository, where she will answer questions and discuss the importance of preservation. The event is located on the SUU Campus in Room 101-A of the Electronic Learning Center. Enter through the west basement door. The tour of the repository is free.
Finally, don’t miss two wonderful art exhibits at the Cedar City Public Library. Children from Iron County schools were invited to participate in the Utah Archaeology Month Art Contest by coloring authentic Navajo rug patterns. All entries will be displayed in the Children’s Section for the month of May, and contest winners will be awarded at Archaeology Day at 10:30 am.
In addition, the Cedar City Public Library presents, Navajo Children Weaving the Future, a Utah Arts & Museums’ Traveling Exhibition featuring traditionally woven rugs created by young Navajo children educated in the traditional art form through the Adopt-an-Elder Program. The textile work will be on display from May 1 through June 5.
According to Samantha Kirkley, State Coordinator for Project Archaeology, “Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month, a Division of State History program, is an annual celebration of Utah’s archaeological and cultural resources. With so many wonderful archaeological sites in Southern Utah, we really have something to celebrate and enjoy. This celebration allows all ages to participate in activities that promote cultural understanding and respect, and stewardship of these special places.”