Monthly Lectures
October – June

Focusing on Arizona History

6:30pm to 8:00pm


The Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary hosts a variety of interesting and informative lectures in our Community Room located on the grounds of the museum.

Lectures are the first Wednesday of the month October through June and are from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
Lectures are complimentary to the general public and lively discussions are followed after presentations. As always, donations are welcome.

2018 Lecture Series


Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 6:30pm

Father Kino: Journey to Discovery

Speaker: Barbara Jaquay – Road Scholar, Speaker in Schools

Father Kino bridged the gap between the Anglo world and the Native American through his charismatic and caring heart. He was a cartographer, explorer, geographer, scientist, and a man with a mission. Through his knowledge of agriculture, he introduced new livestock breeds and taught animal husbandry to the native to increase the stock. The new plants and fruit trees he brought to the New World gave the native a variety of foods to eat and increased their ability to withstand seasonal changes. Father Kino brought a new religion to the native in a nonthreatening manner. His scientific knowledge allowed him to make new discoveries.

Dr. Barbara Jaquay, a historical geographer, recently published Where Have All the Sheep Gone? Sheepherders and Ranchers in Arizona – A Disappearing Industry, a history of the sheep industry in Arizona.  She has her Ph.D. from Texas A&M where she wrote on the Caribbean Cotton Industry.  She has traveled extensively on all seven continents and visited over 40 countries.  She has followed many of Father Kino’s journeys of discovery as she visited his missions in Arizona and Mexico.  She has published on Cuba and Costa Rica as well as Arizona Native Americans. Dr. Jaquay continues to pursue the geographical and mysterious wonders across the globe.  She is working on a second book on the sheep industry and finishing her children’s book.

This lecture is provided through the support of Arizona Humanities Council.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 6:30pm

San Carlos Apache Fiddler

Speaker: Anthony Belvado

Anthony has been making fiddles for about 40 years, getting his start after high school. A postcard image of a long-haired Apache man holding the instrument in a 19th-century photo studio piqued his interest.

He went to his grandfather, Salton Reede Sr., who he knew made such fiddles, and asked him about it. A tutorship grew from there, with his grandfather guiding him through the making of the instrument.

“There are just a handful of makers back home,” Belvado said.

And his grandfather didn’t always tell him everything right away.

After he made his first instrument, Belvado said, he drew the bow across the string and was stumped when he didn’t get any sound. “What’s wrong?” he asked his grandfather.

“He kind of grinned and told me what was missing,” Belvado said. “He said, ‘You need to go up in the mountains’ and find the piece that was missing.”

Holding up a patch of pine pitch, Belvado said that resin, applied to the horsehair strings of the bow and fiddle, was the final step needed to make the fiddle sing.

Belvado makes his fiddles from agave, using the base of the woody stalk for larger versions of the fiddle, with the narrower portions converted to more traditional-sized models. Other fiddle-makers have used aspen or walnut, he said, but he goes for materials that grow nearby.

It takes him about an hour and a half to hollow out an agave that is split in half, with the sides then rejoined for the fiddle, he said. When he tried hollowing out a stalk without splitting it, he said, it took him about two weeks.

“What I want to do most,” he continued, “is really educate the public about this. I would like to do more lectures.”

“Regardless of its sound, Belvado says saving and passing on the knowledge of the Apache violin is one of his purposes in life. “No other tribe makes violins like we do, and it’s very important for it to be carried on,”


Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 6:30pm

“Protecting a Way of Life” Kinship Responsibilities

Speaker: Royce Manuel, Akimel O’odham artist and educator

Royce best describes his work through the “Tools of Yesterday” using plant fiber, primitive bows and arrows, knapping stone, and making agave plant cordage. As a tribal and cultural educator, and member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Royce and his wife Debbie specialize in the revival and teaching of artistic traditions while renewing and protecting indigenous knowledge for generations to come. Debbie’s traditional and bi-cultural lifestyles provide valuable insight and practices in both urban and tribal community settings while preserving their heritage.

Speaker Biography:

Royce Manuel a tribal member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, has long played an important role in perpetuating cultural knowledge within the tribal nation by service to the Auk Mierl Aw-Aw-Thum. Royce maintains the distinction of keeping the Calendar Stick. Today, he continues to record and initiate collaborative projects that will engage the Aw-Thum (O’odham) sister tribes in creative strategies of integrating the Calendar Stick concepts into projects, design, wellness, math, science and critical learning.

Debbie Nez-Manuel (Dineì) has a Masters in Social Work, Arizona State University and is experienced in both non-profit and tribal communities. Debbie’s traditional and bi-cultural lifestyles, provides valuable insight and practices in both urban and tribal community settings while preserving, strengthening, and renewing cultural identity.

This lecture is provided through the support of Arizona Humanities Council.

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