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Speaker Series at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument: “Our River Stories: The Gila and the Salt”

Wednesday, November 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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This week’s speaker series topic is “Our River Stories: The Gila and the Salt“. Event description is from the Casa Grande Ruins Facebook page:

During the month of November, Casa Grande Ruins is celebrating Native American Heritage month by hosting weekly Indigenous speakers as part of our annual speaker series.
On November 30th, 2022 at 1 pm, Casa Grande Ruins will host Zarco Guerrero to present a talk titled “Our River Stories: The Gila and the Salt”.
Program Description: Join Zarco for a series of stories that share the vibrant and tragic history of water and the River People, over a 2,000 year period. Beginning with the Toltec trade route that brought agriculture and corn to the Southwest. The history of the O’Odham before and after the expansion west is revealed. We learn about the Yaqui Indians who fled persecution and found refuge in Arizona rebuilding the ancient canal system. A descendant of the first Mormon settlers tells his families’ story of finding an oasis in the desert given to them by God and their determination to tame the mighty Salt River. Our story culminates when an endearing elderly woman shares the hope that there still is to protect our water resources and to right the wrongs committed against the land and its River People.
See the list of speaker series events on the Casa Grande Ruins website at https://www.nps.gov/cagr/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.
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Wednesday, November 30
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
1100 W Ruins Dr
Coolidge, Arizona 85128
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