Archive for September, 2015

Tilikum Village event, Sept 12

September 12, 2015, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Zidell Yards
3030 SW Moody Ave., Portland

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will host a family-friendly Native American village with many activities at the foot of Tilikum Crossing in South Waterfront


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Campfires and Candlelight 2015 at Fort Vancouver

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RAPID-RESPONSE: Greece’s Refugee Crisis

Portland-based photojournalist John Rudoff has been on the ground for the last few weeks in Greece, on the island of Lesbos, documenting the growing influx of refugees into Europe. With the Greek economy crippled by EU-imposed austerity measures, there is little the government can do. Instead of solidarity and a continent-wide, coordinated aid strategy, the refugees—the vast majority of them from Syria, Afghanistan, and, to a lesser extent, Iraq—are arriving on Lesbos only to find Greek state services collapsing under the strain. Join us for a moving multimedia look at this escalating crisis.

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Grand Ronde History and Culture Summit – Registration

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Grand Ronde History and Culture Summit: Bridging Practices with Interdisciplinary Thinking

October 28th and 29th, 2015

Registration form: Registration form

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Free online lecture by former SAA president Ken Ames (for SAA members)

Introducing the SAA Knowledge Series-one-hour online lectures delivered periodically by top scholars in the field, bringing you up to date on hot topics and current research. Register here today to hear former SAA president Ken Ames on Current Perspectives on Complex Hunter-Gatherers.

Course: Current Perspectives on Complex Hunter-Gatherers

Instructor: Dr. Kenneth M. Ames

Date: September 29, 2015

Time: 3:00-4:00 P.M. EDT

Knowledge Series lectures will be recorded and available on SAAWeb after the live date.
Description: In the 1970s, archaeologists identified “complex hunter-gatherers,” hunter-gatherers displaying social and cultural traits, such as permanent inequality, which were thought to require agriculture. This produced intense research and theory building. More recently the concept has been critiqued as notions such as complexity and even of hunter-gatherers have been challenged. These issues are explored in a one-hour online presentation using examples from western North America.
Kenneth M. Ames received his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1976. He is Professor emeritus of Anthropology, Portland State University, and a past-President the Society for American Archaeology. His research focuses on the evolution of social complexity and on hunter-gatherers. His theoretical interests include the application of evolutionary theory to cultural change and the structure of archaeological theory. Ames has conducted archaeological field research in western North American since 1968 He is currently also involved in research on the northern British Columbia coast and the western North Pacific Rim. He has written and edited volumes on the archaeology and peoples of the Northwest Coast and has published in American Antiquity and many other venues.
Space is limited to 100 seats, which often fill quickly. Register here today.

Future Knowledge Series lectures will cover cultural heritage management in developing countries, the use of drones in archaeology, and climate change. View a list of upcoming Knowledge Series lectures here.Registration opens 30 days before the course date.
About the Knowledge Series

Knowledge Series online seminars are one-hour lectures delivered by tops scholars, and are designed to keep members up-to-date on current topics in the field. They will be offered periodically from September through May each year. Lectures will be audio recorded and available on SAAWeb after the live date.

Knowledge Series lectures are not interactive and participants will not receive Continuing Professional Education credits from RPA, nor SAA Certificates of Completion for participating.

Registration is limited to 100 participants, and seats will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.

Questions? Feel free to call SAA at 202-559-5709 or email us at

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