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  • March is Arizona Archeology & Heritage Awareness Month
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    Published - 02/19/14 - 08:59 AM | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    (FREDONIA, Ariz) – Every March parks, historic areas, museums, and tribes across Arizona honor the history and culture of the state. Pipe Spring National Monument, in cooperation with the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, will host a series of programs which provide special opportunities to learn about the prehistory and history of the Arizona Strip. Through guided hikes, cultural skills demonstrations, and hands-on activities visitors can gain insight into Southern Paiute traditional life ways and pioneer ingenuity.

    Highlights include an evening star party, guided hikes on the Kaibab Indian Reservation (reservations required)*, and a hands-on yucca sandal making workshop. Below are the programs offered March 1 – 15. NOTE: All programs listed are Arizona time. Daylight savings time starts for UT/NV on March 9 (i.e. 9-11 AZ = 10-12 UT).

    Star Party! March 1 (6:30 – 8:30 pm, AZ time)

    Join National Park rangers and the Dixie University Astronomy Club for an evening of story-telling and dark sky viewing. Listen to cultural stories of the Southern Paiute, Greeks and Romans; learn a bit of astronomical science; discover the importance of protecting dark night skies; and enjoy some close up views of stars and planets.

    Movies at Pipe Spring: March 1, 8, 15, 22 (every Saturday at 2:30 pm, AZ time)

    Even Pipe Spring National Monument attracted the attention of western movie makers during the 1950s-70s. Several episodes of Death Valley Days, one of which was very loosely based on Pipe

    Spring historical figures and portions of 4 movies were filmed there. Each Saturday afternoon in March Pipe Spring will offer a viewing of the three Death Valley Days episodes.

    Blacksmithing and Stone Cutting Demonstration: March 1 and 15 (9 am – Noon, AZ time)

    Flames-a-roaring, hammer-a-pounding, and sweat-a-pouring: these were common sights and sounds when blacksmiths and stonecutters were working. Join Park Ranger Evan Cram to see these old methods at work.

    Cultural History Mystery: March 2, 5, 9, 12, (11 am – 2 pm, AZ time)

    Join volunteer Cindy Maloney to investigate artifacts – tools and toys in common use 145 years ago. While modern versions of some of these items still exist, all of the tasks these items represent (cooking, building, playing, and communicating) are still a part of our lives today.

    The Chuck wagon: March 8 (9-11 am and 1-3 pm, AZ time)

    Visit with volunteer Stephen Craig about the variety of uses of this iconic symbol of the west.

    The Art of Rag Rug-making: March 8 (9-11 am and 1-3 pm, AZ time)

    From necessity to hobby, join volunteer Vicki Craig for a look at the variety of methods for making rugs “the old fashioned way”.

    Mu’uputs Canyon Hike: March 3, 6, 9, 13 and 23 (9 – 11 am, AZ time)

    Join a National Park ranger on this two mile, moderate hike into scenic Mu’uputs Canyon on the Kaibab Indian Reservation. Visit two petro glyph sites and learn about Southern Paiute traditional life ways and connections to the natural world. This hike takes place in cooperation with the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians. Limited to 20 participants; call 928-643-7105 for reservations. Dress in layers, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and carry water and snacks. A tribal fee of $10 will apply ($1.00 for 15 years and younger) in addition to the Monument entrance fee of $5 per person if hikers wish to also visit the Monument.

    For the complete listing of Pipe Spring programs, visit us on Face book or at nps.gov/pisp. To make reservations for guided hikes call 928-643-7105. For a complete listing of statewide programs for Arizona Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month, visit AZStateParks.com.

    Pipe Spring National Monument is located 15 miles west of Fredonia, AZ on AZ 389 or 60 miles east of St. George, UT on UT 59 and AZ 389. Regular entrance fees will apply ($5.00/adult). Interagency Annual, Senior, and Access passes are accepted and sold.

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