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We Are of This Place: An Indigenous Natural History of Central Arizona

October 10, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


In partnership with the Yavapai College, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Verde Valley (OLLISV), NHI presents…

We Are of This Place: An Indigenous Natural History of Central Arizona

In this presentation, Dr. Maurice Crandall connects central Arizona’s natural history and resources to the violent displacement and removal of the Yavapai and Dilzhe’e Apache people, and their eventual return. Learn how Yavapai-Apache experiences are directly tied to discoveries of gold around Prescott and rich copper mines on Mingus Mountain, and the perennial streams of the Verde River watershed to raise the crops necessary to feed the growing numbers of non-Indian settlers who flooded the region beginning in the 1860s. Even after the Yavapai-Apache returned from forced exile around 1900, they survived by working in mining operations and infrastructure projects while squatting on United Verde Copper Company land. The natural beauty of central Arizona is contrasted by the ugly remnants of this extractive past: slag heaps, leach fields, and abandoned mines.

This lecture will challenge listeners to think about their relationship to the environment, how the natural history and resources of the region have been abused to the detriment of the land and its original inhabitants, and open a discussion of how to heal and move forward, honoring the natural history of the land and its people.

This program was made possible by Arizona Humanities.

NOTE: This event takes place at the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus in Clarkdale.

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Dr. Maurice Crandall is an Associate Professor of History at Arizona State University and an enrolled member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation. He previously taught at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Professor Crandall is a multi-award-winning author and public intellectual who has presented his research throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. His first book, These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598–1912, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2019. His second book, on Yavapai-Apache Scouts, is under contract with W.W. Norton & Company. He received his PhD in History from the University of New Mexico, and is a graduate of Mingus Union High School.


October 10, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus
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Clarkdale, AZ 86324 United States
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