Arizona State Museum

Arizona State Museum

“Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest” examines the origins, history, and life today of the following cultures: Seri, Tarahumara, Yaqui, O’odham, Colorado River Yumas, Southern Paiute, Pai, Western Apache, Navajo, and Hopi.

“Snaketown: Hohokam Defined” uses 13 photographs to document the archaeological digs headed by Emil W. Haury 1934-35 and 1964-65 on Gila River Indian community lands. This site documented the complex irrigation systems, impressive ball courts, striking pottery, and remarkable jewelry of the Hohokam from 450-1450 A.D.

“Pieces of the Puzzle” features researchers at Archaeology Southwest answering the question of “What happened to the Hohokam culture?” The four puzzle pieces are:

  1. What does Hohokam mean?
  2. How do archaeologists determine how old things are?
  3. How do archaeologists know ancient people migrated?
  4. How do archaeologists count ancient people?

Their conclusion? The Hohokam population declined due to small changes in birth or death rates combined with some movement of people out of the region.

Pottery Project presents the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of Southwest Native pottery. By the time we got to this exhibit we were too tired to really appreciate it.