Lectures and Presentations at the 13th Amazing Earthfest 2019

Programs to educate and build awareness and appreciation for Native American arts, crafts and culture, and land management strategies to preserve our nation’s public estate are a focus of Kanab’s annual Amazing Earthfest. At Southern Utah’s 13th annual festival, running throughout the week of May 11 to 18, a number of fascinating Native arts activities are woven into the program!

Navajo and ancient Puebloan pottery, a large collection of projectile points, as well as hundreds of photos of rock art found in the region and many other artifacts are on display in a well curated collection at the Red Pueblo Museum in Fredonia, AZ. Here area residents and visitors can discover clues to a deeper understanding of prehistoric ways of life and peoples of southern Utah and the Arizona Strip. The museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Arizona Time, Tuesday through Saturday during Amazing Earthfest.  Check for details at www.AmazingEarthfest.org/events. At the Pipe Spring National Monument visitor center you can see an exceptional interpretive display of Southern Paiute life ways, telling the story of how Pioneer settlement along the Arizona Strip affected their thriving culture.

Hidden in the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park is one of the largest and most complex of all barrier canyon style rock art sites, known as “The Harvest Scene.” Barrier Canyon style rock art will be the subject of a well illustrated presentation at Amazing Earthfest on Tuesday, May 14, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the GSENM Visitor center, 745 East US Hwy. 89, in Kanab.

Very difficult to access, this site is seldom seen by visitors. Dividing the huge panel into eight clusters, the Utah Rock Art Research Association”s (URARA) Richard Jenkinson, will present a close look at the exquisite Native American artwork of this panel. With special imaging technology Richard will dramatically elucidate the ancient, ethereal figures which for centuries, have been slowly fading due to the relentless rays of direct sunlight impacting these rare works of art nearly every day.  URARA works to protect prehistoric rock art sites around the West, offering opportunities in Utah to participate in preservation, site stewarding, documentation and monitoring. Visit https://urara.wildapricot.org/ to find opportunities to serve.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy in Kanab is one of the many area business donors supporting the Amazing Earthfest while actually also offering programming to the festival. Split twig figurines represent one of the oldest records of human occupancy in the Grand Canyon, dating back over 4,000 years. Some effigies appear to represent bighorn sheep and mule deer, both animals still very common in the canyon today. Anthropologists suspect that these effigies were made by Desert Culture peoples, forebears of the Anasazi as part of ritual ceremony before a hunt to ask for the blessings of the animal spirits before taking their lives.

The 13th Amazing Earthfest offers you the opportunity to learn how to make these figures yourself on Monday, May 13, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at WinGate Wilderness Therapy’s in-town location at 42 East Center Street. In this hand-on workshop, you’ll begin by splitting willow twigs, using a stone blade, then wrapping and twisting the halves to create your figurine. Here’s a rare chance to hone your dexterity while deepening your appreciation for ancient peoples of the region!

Rope and net making from yucca fiber and other natural plant sources was a basic skill that peoples of the region utilized for thousands of years. Pipe Spring National Monument will offer programs enabling you to create cordage in the traditional manner of the Southern Paiute, as well as to learn about the native plants of the Arizona Strip and how Native peoples used them for food, clothing, and to make the everyday items they needed to survive.

In its collaboration with land management agencies, Amazing Earthfest seeks to expand public awareness of all the values and objects on our public lands. Healthy forests are one of the most important resources found in the American West. However, as our changing climate pushes ecosystems out of balance from drought and higher average temperatures, wildfire has become increasingly more commonplace and more devastating. As witnessed across the western United States and elsewhere, the size of burn areas has increased dramatically in the last two decades.

A raging forest fire is as about as easy to control as a Hurricane or a Tornado! Such natural fires, kindled by lightening, cannot be avoided or prevented although human caused fires are preventable, but still occur. Proper mitigation and management practices can reduce the dangers of a wild fire to populated areas and help preserve natural resources. In an outdoor presentation from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Arizona Time, specialist Jason Anderson from the North Kaibab Ranger District will illustrate some of the advantages of forest thinning and restoration methods used to manage public land on the Kaibab National Forest. Make your plans now to experience these fascinating learning opportunities at the 2019 Amazing Earthfest in Kanab, Utah.  Visit www.AmazingEarthfest.org for all the details on over 30 scheduled activities!

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