AAHS Establishes the Alexander J. Lindsay, Jr. Unsung Heroes Award

Since 1987 AAHS has annually presented two awards recognizing scholarship and public outreach: the Cummings Award and the Stoner Award.

The new Alexander J. Lindsay, Jr. Award is named in honor of Dr. Lindsay, a long-time southwestern archaeologist, AAHS member and officer. The award will be given annually in recognition of lifetime service from those individuals whose tireless work behind-the-scenes has often gone unrecognized, but which is critical to the success of others’ archaeological, anthropological and historical research, CRM projects, and the preservation of information about the past; it will be limited to the Southwest/Northwest regions of the US and Mexico. Nominations for the award should be sent to Ron Towner, Chair of the AAHS Awards Committee by April 1, 2017.

Awardees will be selected by the Awards Committee and approved by the AAHS Board of Directors. Awards will be presented at the Pecos Conference in August.

Presidents Message

Hayden Student Paper Prize Winner

We are pleased to announce this year’s Julian D. Hayden Student Paper Award winner is Kristina Whitney of the University of New Mexico for her paper: The Origins of Flat-Backed Canteens in the American Southwest. The paper was recognized  for the thorough and careful documentation of this distinctive artifact class in a study that uses archaeological and ethnographic collections as well as international literature review. The pattern it describes has been intuited before, but Whitney’s work makes it far more explicit. The paper will be published in Kiva and the awardee receives $750.00.

Abstract: Since water transport vessels are often a highly conservative vessel form, the appearance of a new water vessel shape—the flat-backed canteen—in the American Southwest around the time of Spanish arrival raises questions concerning its introduction. This paper documents the presence of the flat-backed canteen in the American Southwest from the sixteenth through twentieth centuries and explores changes in their distribution and use through time. A total of 128 flat-backed canteens were analyzed from archaeological and ethnographic collections, while 97 additional New World canteens were documented through an extensive literature review. Its contemporary use in Spain is demonstrated, in addition to its arrival in the Spanish-controlled Caribbean. I conclude that multiple Pueblos adopted the form in the sixteenth century, followed by a contraction in use in the eighteenth century, and a revival of the form in the nineteenth century.

Upcoming Lectures

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New In Press and On Line

Kiva 82(3) is hot off the press, in your mail boxes and on-line.  Saul Hedquist, the winner of the 2016 Julian D. Hayden Student Paper Competition has the lead article “Ritual Practice and Exchange in the Late Prehispanic Western Pueblo Region: Insights from the Distribution and Deposition of Turquoise at Homol’ovi I.

AAHS nyoutubeow has it’s own YouTube Channel where we will be broadcasting videos of our lectures. Just uploaded O’odham History in Spanish Written Accounts by Dale Brenneman, Bernard Siquieros, and Ronald Geronimo.

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