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Class Information for Winter 2020: ARIZONA’S FIRST PEOPLE: the ANCIENT ONES and the HOHOKAM, Monday, March 16, 1:00-3:00pm, RH Johnson Lecture Hall (W719)


Reaching back 12,000 years, Indian inhabitants made their home in what we now call Arizona. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized American Indian communities. The Hohokam people lived in the Phoenix Basin, along the Salt and Gila Rivers, and along rivers in the Tucson Basin, until the 1450s. They were successful farmers who built the largest and most complex irrigation system of any culture in the New World besides Peru. Hohokam farmers supported tens of thousands of people and established a society that prospered for hundreds of years. The Tohono O'odham (formerly the Papago) and Akimel O'otham (formerly, the Pima) believe they are the descendants of the Hohokam. Instructor Jane Przeslica is an educator in the Gilbert Public Schools, Adult Learning Program. She holds a master’s degree from Arizona State University and an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. Prior to working in education, she held the position of Corporate Account Executive with Procter & Gamble. Currently she is a guide at the Heard Museum having recorded over 1900 volunteer hours. Through her contact with visitors, Jane acts as a Heard Museum ambassador by promoting, interpreting, and advancing American Indian Art in the Southwest. She also serves on the Heard Museum Guild Board, as President-Elect.

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