Discovering the Sinagua Culture of Ancient Arizona with Marc Callis

Discovering the Sinagua Culture of Ancient Arizona with Marc Callis


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Join us as we learn more about the Sinagua, a resilient group of diverse people who inhabited the land which is today central and northern Arizona in the southwest United States. From about 600 AD to 1450 AD this culture thrived in cliff-side dwellings and developed innovative farming methods–particularly focused on beans, squash, and maize. 

One of the chief challenges this group overcame was the eruption of Sunset Crater in 1085 AD – the latest major volcanic eruption in the American Southwest. This catastrophe forced them into new patterns of interaction with their neighboring cultures, those of the Anasazi to the north and  Hohokam to the south. There was a surge in new architectural forms, such as mysterious T-shaped Doors and multi-story masonry pueblos. 

Several scholars have labeled Sinagua an independent culture; others see it rather as a hybrid – a cross-fertilization across one of the Southwest's major cultural boundaries. During our conversation, we will set these labels aside and explore this remarkable group of people on its own terms. 

Together will analyze their architecture, examine their art and material culture, and learn that, although often overshadowed by the more "famous" cultures around them, the Sinagua deserves a prime place in any discussion of the great cultures of the Ancient Southwest.

Trained as a historian and archaeologist, Marc has worked at history museums and community colleges all over the US. His historical interests, which have led him to author numerous historical articles, academic and popular, for publications in the US and Europe, range from architectural history, to the Spanish Empire, to Mesoamerica and the pre-Hispanic North American Southwest. His current historical project is a book about the Presidio (i.e., old Spanish fort) San Agustin del Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. Additionally, Marc likes to shoot photographs, paint, build models, and write cosmicist fantasy in the tradition of HP Lovecraft. In 2017 he published his first collection of stories and novellas entitled "The Esoteric Order of Dagon."

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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S.G. (New York, US)
Fascinating program!

Marc has put together a really interesting program about ancient native cultures in Arizona, with great information and visuals. I highly recommend it!

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K.W. (El Sobrante, US)
Disappointing

I was very disappointed in this class. I expected to learn something about the Sinagua - history, time period, how they were connected to other peoples of the area, etc. Instead I got a seemingly disorganized, random wander through various sites and ceramics. I can't recommend and would like a refund.

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S.G. (New York, US)
Fascinating program!

Marc has put together a really interesting program about ancient native cultures in Arizona, with great information and visuals. I highly recommend it!

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K.W. (El Sobrante, US)
Disappointing

I was very disappointed in this class. I expected to learn something about the Sinagua - history, time period, how they were connected to other peoples of the area, etc. Instead I got a seemingly disorganized, random wander through various sites and ceramics. I can't recommend and would like a refund.