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The Renaissance Palace on Main Avenue

A lecture by Judith Reynolds

The Renaissance Palace on Main Avenue, a look at the four year building boom in Durango between the great fire of 1889 and the depression of 1893, giving the town the Victorian architectural look it has.

Judith Reynolds is an arts journalist, art historian, and political cartoonist. After a career in academia, she switched to the for-profit world of newspaper journalism and eventually became arts, then managing editor of an upstate New York paper. In 1994, Reynolds and her late husband, David, moved to Durango where she began freelancing for the Durango Herald and teaching occasionally at Fort Lewis College. 

10/24/2018 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (542)/Comments (0)/
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Film screening: "Tribal Radio"

Film screening: "Tribal Radio"

with filmmaker Sean Owen and the KSUT Staffers

The Center of Southwest Studies and KSUT Southern Ute Tribal Radio will host a screening of the short documentary Tribal Radio (24 minutes) on Friday, September 14th at 5:30 pm in the Center’s Lyceum Room #120. A question and answer session with the filmmaker and KSUT staff will immediately follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Film Description

There are over 35 tribal radio stations scattered throughout the United States on Native American reservations that serve their local communities. They provide a source of traditional tribal music, announcements of ceremonies, community news, personal messages, weather warnings, local sports events, and the National Native News program. Often the stations are manned by a few professionals and volunteers operating on a shoe string budget that is dependent on fundraising and grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Tribal Radio tells the story of the KSUT radio station that is located on the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s reservation in Ignacio, Colorado. Through glimpses into the operations of KSUT and its unique connection to the community, tribal activities, and ceremonies, this short film shows the value of tribal radio stations throughout the country.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and in turn tribal radio stations, are often threatened with being defunded. Defunding would cause many Native communities to essentially lose their voices throughout the country. Tribal Radio seeks to show the value of local tribal radio stations and the communities they serve.

Filmmaker Bio

Sean Owen is a native of the San Francisco Bay area, where he studied photography and film at the San Francisco Art Institute. He received a BA at Prescott College in Arizona and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch College.

After retiring in 2005, Mr. Owen and his wife settled in Durango where he became a full-time filmmaker. Among his eight previous documentaries are Borderlands, a portrait of Cahuilla Indian performance artist Gerald Clarke, and Sing Birds, which opened the Palm Springs Native Film Festival to an overflow audience in 2009 and was nominated for best documentary at the Native American Film Festival in San Francisco. Sing Birds focuses on the ancient tradition known as bird songs, ceremonial and social singing among tribes in California and Arizona. Sing Birds is presently being used in an on-going exhibition about California Indians at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.

Mr. Owen finished Tribal Radio in 2017 and is now working on a documentary about Ed Si

9/14/2018 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (221)/Comments (0)/
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Slim Woman: Louisa Wade Wetherill of Kayenta

"Women in the Southwest" Summer Lecture Series

Slim Woman: Louisa Wade Wetherill of Kayenta and her Navajo Friends

From 1906 to 1944, Louisa Wade Wetherill and her husband John made their home among the Navajos of the Monument Valley area. Louisa’s neighbors gave her the name Asthon Sosi, “The Slim Woman”. Their respect for her was matched by her deep respect for their traditions, beliefs, and way of life. During their decades of mutual friendship, they worked together to preserve the ancient insights they had learned from their elders. Her voluminous records provide a window into an almost-vanished, authentic approach to life that is a powerful antidote to modern artificialities. The speaker, a great-grandson of the Wetherills, will present a synopsis of Slim Woman's interesting life as illustrated by historic family photographs.

Harvey Leake has, for many years, been researching the history of his pioneering ancestors, the Wetherills, who explored the Four Corners region, discovered archaeological sites, traded with Navajo Indians, and guided visitors into the backcountry. His investigations have taken him to libraries, archives, and the homes of family elders whose recollections, photographs, and memorabilia have brought the family story to life. He curated an exhibit that is currently showing at the Edge of the Cedars Museum in Blanding entitled “On the Gleaming Way: Slim Woman and the Kayenta Navajos.” Harvey was born and raised in Prescott, Arizona and is a semi-retired electrical engineer.

8/22/2018 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (582)/Comments (0)/
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Mable Dodge Luhan & Company: Creating Southwest Modernism

"Women in the Southwest" Summer Lecture Series

Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: Creating Southwest Modernism

Mabel Dodge Luhan—patron, muse, writer, and cultural catalyst extraordinaire—played a dominant role in shaping an American Modernism with a singular northern New Mexican flavor, one that embraced the physical and cultural landscapes and honored the cultures and traditions of Pueblos and Hispanos, to whom these Moderns looked as the basis for forging a multi-ethnic nationalism and original American art forms.

Lois Rudnick is Professor Emerita of American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston.  She has published and lectured extensively about the artist and writer communities of New Mexico, the complex and contested issues of Anglo patronage, and American Modernism.  Her most recent book, Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West accompanied a travelling exhibition with the same title, in 2016-2017. She is currently writing a biography of Taos Pueblo artist Eva Mirabal and her family. Mirabal was the first Native American to publish a comic strip, G. I. Gertie,  which she did while serving as a WAC during World War II.

8/8/2018 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (353)/Comments (0)/
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Alice Eastwood: Pioneer Botanist in the Four Corners

"Women in the Southwest" Summer Lecture Series

Alice Eastwood was a renowned scientist, a botanist with a great love of adventure.
She is the embodiment of female equality; her colleagues included Alfred Russel Wallace, best known for conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection, and Asa Gray, the Harvard professor who wrote the seminal manual on American botany. 


Eastwood began her fervent career in Denver, Colorado, and came to the Four Corners on "botanizing" expeditions, basing out of the Wetherill's Alamo Ranch in Mancos.
Becoming the curator of botany at the California Academy of Sciences, a post she held for over 50 years, Eastwood was a scientific pioneer that gifted those around her with her knowledge and outgoing spirit.

Marietta Eaton served as District Archaeologist for the North Kaibab Ranger District for 15 years, served as a Science Advisor for the Bureau of Land Management for over a decade, and is currently the Manager of Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum in Dolores, Colorado.

7/25/2018 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (306)/Comments (0)/
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Western Women We Respect: Durango's Own Olga Little

"Women in the Southwest" Summer Lecture Series

The Center of Southwest Studies continues its summer lecture series based on the theme, “Women in the Southwest,” with a presentation from Dr. Andrew Gulliford, Durango’s Own Olga Little, on Wednesday, July 18th at 1:30 p.m. in the Center’s Lyceum Room #120.

Across Colorado and perhaps the entire Rocky Mountains, there was only one female jackpacker who ran a string of burros carrying food, supplies, and dynamite into remote high altitude mines. On her return trips she carried heavy sacks of gold and silver ore, and at least once she packed out a deceased miner. Olga Little earned a solid reputation as a packer in the La Plata Mountains. This is the story of her more than 40 year career told from the people who knew her, and from magazine and newspaper accounts.

Andrew Gulliford is a Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College. He teaches popular courses on wilderness, national parks, Western history, and environmental history. Dr. Gulliford writes columns about the west for the Durango Herald, Utah Adventure Journal, and High Country News. His book The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes was just released by Texas A&M University Press.

7/18/2018 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (371)/Comments (0)/
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Millicent Rogers: From New York to Taos

"Women in the Southwest" Summer Lecture Series

Millicent Rogers, also known as the “Standard Oil Heiress,” was a legendary woman of style whose bold, avant-garde taste played a significant role in the history of modern fashion. She was considered to be an exotic beauty who was featured in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and appeared annually on best-dressed lists. Millicent was a trendsetter who danced with European princes and attracted such men as Clark Gable, Ian Fleming and Noel Coward. When she was introduced to Taos, New Mexico a metamorphosis took place. Her contact with the Native American and Hispanic peoples of northern New Mexico revealed to her a way of life she had never experienced before. Drawn to the beauty of the Taos landscape, Millicent became particularly fascinated with the simplicity and warmth of its esoteric quality of life. Taos was a place where she could put her hectic wanderings behind her and it was in this environment that she assembled a stellar collection of Native American jewelry and continued to design and create her own. After her death the Millicent Rogers Museum was established in Taos to house her collection.

Join Dr. Shelby Tisdale, Director of the Center of Southwest Studies, as she traces Millicent’s journey from New York to Taos on Wednesday, July 11 at 1:30 pm.

Dr. Tisdale is the former Director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos. She has published forty articles and book chapters relating to American Indian art and culture, and women in the West. She contributed to and directed the publication of the Oklahoma Book Award winning Woven Worlds: Basketry from the Clark Field Collection, for the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma (2001). Her book, Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest: The Millicent Rogers Museum Collection (2006) received the Ralph Emerson Twitchell Book Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico and the Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association. She edited Spider Woman’s Gift: Nineteenth-Century Diné Textiles (2011). Her latest book, Pablita Velarde: In Her Own Words (2012), is a full-length biography of this famous American Indian painter. The Center of Southwest Studies currently has one of Pablita Velarde’s paintings on exhibit to accompany the travelling exhibition of her daughter Helen Hardin’s etchings. 

7/11/2018 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (276)/Comments (0)/
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Three Women, One Story: 1000 Years of Art, History, and Culture

"Women in the Southwest" Summer Lecture Series

The Center of Southwest Studies continues its summer lecture series based on the theme, “Women in the Southwest,” with a presentation from Kate Nelson, Three Women, One Story: 1,000 Years of Art, History, and Culture in Under an Hour, on Wednesday, June 27th at 1:30 p.m. in the Center’s Lyceum Room #120.

Pablita Velarde, Helen Hardin, and Margarete Bagshaw encompass more than a three-generation story of women artists. Their lives also touch on key points of Southwestern history—from Ancestral Puebloans to the Spanish flu, Harvey Houses, hippies, and the evolving arc of Native American art.

Kate Nelson wrote the biography Helen Hardin: A Straight Line Curved and is managing editor of New Mexico Magazine, where she's paid to travel around the Land of Enchantment meeting interesting people and telling their stories. She cut her teeth as a newspaper writer and editor at the Kansas City Star and Albuquerque Tribune and did public relations and marketing for the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. She lives in the northern foothills of the Sandia Mountains, where she attempts to garden despite occasional incursions by wild horses.

6/27/2018 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (275)/Comments (0)/
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Summer Solstice Window Viewing

Museum Event

Join us for our annual Summer Solstice Window Viewing in the museum, at the dawn of summer - Thursday, June 21st! Doors open at 6:00 am. A spiral of sunlight appears on the gallery wall as the sun moves higher in the morning sky.

6/21/2018 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (604)/Comments (0)/
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O'Keeffe's Odyssey to the West

"Women in the Southwest" Summer Lecture Series

Long before her death in 1986 at the age of 98, Georgia O’Keeffe had become a cultural icon, America’s most famous woman artist. Buried in the O’Keeffe legends there are many unknown images, rarely discussed facts, and a troubling medical history. Judith Reynolds will discuss O’Keeffe’s precipitous rise to national prominence, her move to the American Southwest, and the way she navigated the seasons of her life.

Judith Reynolds is an arts journalist, art historian, and political cartoonist. After a career in academia, she switched to the for-profit world of newspaper journalism and eventually became arts, then managing editor of an upstate New York paper. In 1994, Reynolds and her late husband, David, moved to Durango where she began freelancing for the Durango Herald and teaching occasionally at Fort Lewis College. 

6/13/2018 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (316)/Comments (0)/
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