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September Meeting, 2011

2011-09-20

GSCOAS Monthly Meeting and Program

The Use of Native Americans during Late Victorian Times for Commercial Advertising

by Historian/Archaeologist/Curator, Towana Spivey

September 24th, at 2PM,

at the Museum of the Great Plains

601 NW Ferris Avenue

Lawton OK 73507

 

 

     Towana Spivey has spent his professional career preserving and interpreting the prehistory and history of the Trans-Mississippi West with particular interest in the Oklahoma area.  He is a native Oklahoman and the descendant of several generations of Chickasaws who came to the Indian Territory in 1837 from northern Mississippi and western Tennessee.

 

      His educational background includes undergraduate work in History and Natural Science with graduate emphasis in Anthropology and Museum Studies. He has conducted archaeological and interpretive investigations of several 19th century military posts including Forts Washita, Towson, Ft. Sill, Reno, and Supply as well as other historic and prehistoric sites.  This experience has developed his expertise in the restoration and utilization of 19th century buildings.  He has researched and is currently supervising major restorations within the Fort Sill National Historic Landmark including the 1870's Cavalry and Infantry Barracks, Guardhouse, Quartermaster Corral, etc. 

 

Some of his more unique experiences involved providing forensic archaeological support to the Federal Aviation Administration on an organized crime murder case in northeast Oklahoma and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation involving a serial murder case in California.  Local law enforcement has also utilized his expertise with incidental cases in the discovery of human remains associated with missing persons.

 

      Spivey has served on numerous boards and advisory committees for such organizations as the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, the Oklahoma Governor’s Review Committee for the State Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma Museums Association, and Southwestern Oklahoma Historical Society.  His work experience includes:  Historic Archaeologist for the Oklahoma Historical Society, Curator of Anthropology for the Museum of the Great Plains, and Director/Curator of the Fort Sill Museum.  He also is a senior curator for the U.S. Army Museum System.  He served with the U.S. Army during the "Berlin Crisis" in the early 1960's.

 

      He has also been featured in live interviews promoting the cultural history of SW Oklahoma for several regional radio programs in the U.S. such as the Red Steagal Show, as well as for Australian Radio in Sydney.   In 1989, during the Cold War with the Soviet Union, he recorded several hours of audio-tape on American frontier history for the “Voice of America” to be broadcast behind the Iron Curtain.  He has been an instructor or guest lecturer for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center, Smith & Wesson Firearms Historical Society, American Association for State and Local History, Cameron University, Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education, and other major universities in Montana, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

 

       Throughout his career he has regularly been involved in preserving the history, language, and material culture of many Oklahoma tribes including the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Comanche, Kiowa, Chiricahua and Warm Springs Apache, Apache Tribe of Oklahoma and others.  He has testified as an expert witness in state and federal courts involving criminal issues on Indian lands and also protection of sacred sites on military property.  He has advised Congress, the Pentagon, and the White House on topics such as Native American soldiers, Comanche Code Talkers, and other related subjects. He has served as an art consultant for the Oklahoma State Legislature.  

 

Spivey has recently completed a major exhibit gallery entitled, “The Warrior’s Journey” at the Fort Sill National Historical Landmark Museum featuring cultural materials and detailed histories of many historic figures such as Geronimo, Quanah Parker, I-See-O, Satanta, Satank, and others. 

 

His most recent publication “Silent Witness-The Diary of a Historic Tree at Fort Sill” is attracting wide attention for its unique perspective of a 250 year old oak tree witnessing the history of this very important historic site.  Other research projects he is currently involved with includes:  The Stagecoach History of Oklahoma; Native American Soldiers, Scouts, Marshals and Police; and Early Movies in Frontier Oklahoma.

 

Spivey’s presentation at the Museum of the Great Plains on September 24th will focus on:  The Use of Native Americans during Late Victorian Times for Commercial Advertising. This will examine both the artistic and cultural perspectives of marketing products using romanticism and stereotypical attitudes regarding Native Americans so common at that time. 

 

GSCOAS meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of each month from 2-4 pm at the Museum of the Great Plains, 601 NW Ferris, Lawton, OK, unless otherwise announced.

 

For more information please contact Debra Baker at 580-581-3460.

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August Meeting

2011-08-26

Join us this Saturday, August 26th at the Museum of the Great Plains at 2pm. No speaker this month. Just a chance to get together, catch up on Chapter business, discuss future plans and of course, eat! Hope to see you there.

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July Meeting

2011-07-20

GSCOAS Monthly Meeting and Program
Medicine Park Museum of Natural Science
by Executive Director Doug Kemper
 
July 23rd, at 2PM,
at the Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton OK 73507
 
 
Executive Director of the new Medicine Park Museum of the Natural History will be the guest speaker for the Greater Southwest Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society meeting Saturday June23rd at 2:00 P.M., at the Museum of the Great Plains. 
Mr. Kemper will give a power point presentation on the plans and ideas that are incorporated into the opening of the Medicine Park Museum of Natural History.  The Museum will be a new and exciting supplement to biology and science curricula programs for Southwest Oklahoma’s school kids and a compelling family activity and attraction for our entire region.
The Museum will also become a major component of the Wichita’s and Southwest Oklahoma’s eco-tourism appeal and an additional economic driver helping to increase visitors and visitor length-of-stay in Medicine Park, Lawton, and the entire Great Plains Country. The positive impact this Museum will have on our entire region will be tremendous, educationally, culturally and economically.

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January Meeting

2011-01-21

The Greater Southwest Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society

Monthly Meeting
Saturday, January 22nd at 2pm
Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton OK 73507

Our speaker for this Saturday will be our own famous Mr. Randy Clark.  Randy's lecture will be titled " Preservation of Historic Properties of the Big Pasture".  The City of Grandfield's CLG (Certified Local Government's Program)  is administered by Randy Clark, who is the Coordinator of the Local Historic Preservation Commission.  This past year the CLG received a Historic Fund Matching grant-in-aid, administered by the Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office to carry out the CLG's program, which included the development and printing of a historic brochure about the historical development of Grandfield, including the relationship to the Big Pasture, the historic properties that represent Grandfield's heritage, and efforts to preserve the local landmarks and district that represent that heritage.

Mr. Clark also serves as the City Manager of Grandfield and has been an enormous help in regards to the excavation of the Grandfield Mammoth.

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December Meeting

2010-12-10

Our GSCOAS Christmas Luncheon will be this Saturday, December 11th at Crockette's BBQ, 1508 W. Gore Blvd in Lawton.

We have reserved their party room from 11:30 to 2:00 that day. Our guest speaker will be Wallace Moore.
Wallace will tell us about his book!

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November Meeting

2010-11-18

The Greater Southwest Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society presents, Alibates: The Rainbow Flint of Indian Country by Jon and Diana Denton November 20 at 2pm  at the Museum of the Great Plains 601 NW Ferris Avenue Lawton OK 73507

 

            The Alibates Quarry is adjacent to the Texas Panhandle town of Fritch. One of the most colorful rock formations in America is found there. It is the source of fine flint tools crafted by Indians over thousands of years. Jon and Diana Denton, Mustang, have a strong avocational interest in archeology and Oklahoma history. The Alibates Flint Quarries Monument is among their favorite places to visit.  A retired journalist, Jon is editor of Trowel Marks, the quarterly newsletter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society (OAS). Diana, a retired Physician Assistant at the OU Health Sciences Center, shares her husband's interest in archeology and photography. Avid travelers, they have joined OAS excavations and explored archeological sites, museums and other points of historic interest. From several trips to the Alibates Monument, they have created a show they title “Alibates: The Rainbow Flint of Indian Country.

  Isolated in the high canyons of the Southwest, the national monument has a low visitor count. Even so, it rewards visitors with a small museum, well informed park rangers, winding caliche paths, and High Plains flora and fauna. Yet it is the outcroppings of brilliant, flinty agate that people come to see.The rocks are geologically classified as agatized dolomite. Collected and cleaned, they resemble the shiny marbles treasured by children. Swirling streaks of red, yellow, blue and green flow together in tiny rivulets of color. In fact, each stone is unique in its brilliance and luster.

            For millennia, Native Americans mined the colorful alibates for tools and trade. The stone has been found as far south as Mexico City, north to Canada, and east to the Mississippi River. Other Indian cultures prized it for its fine texture and vivid colors. The flint, abundant near the Canadian Valley now known as the Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, exists in abundance no place else in the world – at least none that has been reported. For much of the time, life was good for Indians of the Texas Canadian River Valley. The canyon had ample water and fertile soil for agriculture. Stone slabs were easily gathered and stacked to make homes. This left Indians ample leisure time to mine the mineral, trade, socialize, and craft their prized alibate flint. It all ended about 1400 AD. Severe drought and invaders from the north forced the inhabitants to abandon their canyon homes. They are thought to have merged into other tribes, the forbearers of today’s Caddo, Wichita and Pawnee.

            Although the National Monument forbids collecting alibates at the site today, visitors have much to enjoy. Rangers guide visitors to the rocky outcrops where boulders of alibate, once as big as refrigerators, are now cut to the nub. Alibate glitters in the landscape.  In their presentation, the Dentons explore the history, both geological and archeological, of the brilliant rainbow rock of Texas.

 

 

The Greater Southwest Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society meets each month. Meetings are open to the public. For more information call Jana Brown, at (580) 581-3460.

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OAS Fall Meeting

2010-10-18

OAS FALL MEETING AT CHOCTAW COMMUNITY CENTER
1632 South George Nigh Expressway
McAlester, OK
October 23, 2010

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August Meeting

2010-08-27

GSCOAS August Monthly Meeting and Program
Army Mules & Military Asses
 
George & mules
Second Seminole War
Mexican War
Camels vs. Mules
Blue Mules & Gray Mules
 Indian Wars
Spanish-American War
WWI
WWII

August 28th at 2PM
at the
Museum of the Great Plains
  601 NW Ferris Avenue
   Lawton, OK 73507
 
The Greater Southwest Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society (GSCOAS) will have its regular monthly meeting and program August 28th, at 2pm, at the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton, Oklahoma. Our guest speaker this month is Tim Poteete, the Museum of the Great Plains Living History Interpreter.  Tim grew up in Webber's Falls, Oklahoma, in a menagerie that was not glass, but did include horses & mules.  He went to Connor's College, Oklahoma State University, Northeastern State, & the University of Arkansas, where he has received degrees in Business and History.  Tim was told to do a thesis on something no one had ever done before, therefore he did his thesis on mules in the American Army.  He worked at the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman before coming to the Museum of the Great Plains as the living history interpreter

The meeting and program is free and open to the public.

For more information call Debra Baker at 581-3460

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June Meeting

2010-06-25

GSCOAS  Monthly Meeting
Australian Archaeology
by
Dr. James Smith
June 26th at 2PM
at the Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton OK 73507
 
The Greater Southwest Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society (GSCOAS) will have its regular monthly meeting and program June 26th at 2pm at the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton Oklahoma. Our guest speaker this month is Dr. James Smith, an Australian archaeologist who now resides at Okeene, Oklahoma.  Dr. Smith is a cultural resources (archaeological) consultant and a designer/builder of web sites.

Dr. Smith will present a slide show on Australian archaeology.  In his own words, "Australian Aborigines have lived in Australia from the Dreamtime (the time of creation). They don't care about dating methods or how long archaeologists say they have lived on this island continent; forever means forever.

In this time they have left traces of their lifeways all over the country from single stone artifacts to massive shell middens and stone arrangements to amazing galleries of art.

In this talk I'd like to take you on an archaeological/anthropological tour of my home. While I'll try to cover as much of the country as possible, you have to keep in mind that Australia is almost the same size as the continental USA!"
 
Dr. Smith was educated at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in archaeology and anthropology; a BA Honors (similar to our Master of Arts degree) in anthropology and archaeology; and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in archaeology.  His interest include databases, geographic information systems (GIS), and Global Positioning System (GPS) as applied to archaeology.  He is also fascinated by stone tool technology, especially the use of stone tool manufacturing characteristics as time markers for artifacts found on the surface.
 
The meeting is free and open to the public.

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April Meeting

2010-04-22

Monthly Meeting and Program 

The Grandfield Mammoth

Presentation and Exhibit Tour

by CU Students 

April 24 at 2PM
at the Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton OK 73507


The Greater Southwest Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society (GSCOAS) will have its regular monthly meeting and program April 24 at 2pm at the Museum of the Great Plai
ns in Lawton Oklahoma. Our guest speakers this month are the students who were involved in the recent excavation and lab work of the remains of a mammoth. The mammoth was discovered years prior in the southwest region of Oklahoma. Aware of the discovery and of the unique learning opportunities it could provide to students, Dr. Michael Dunn, Associate Professor of Biology at Cameron University, Debra Baker, Archaeologist for the Institute of the Great Plains and President of the GSCOAS, and John Hernandez, Director of the Museum of the Great Plains envisioned a plan that would put students in the midst of the discovery. Brandon Null, Rodney Roy, Dana Schaffer and Heather Young will share their experiences and research beginning at 2pm at the Museum of the Great Plains. The students' research will also be unveiled within the new exhibition entitled, The Grandfield Mammoth. 

Open to the public. There is no charge to attend. 

For more information call Debra Baker at 581-3460

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OAS Spring Meeting

2010-04-08

Oklahoma Anthropological Society   Annual Spring Meeting Saturday, April 10, 2010

The OAS annual spring meeting will be held on Saturday, April 10, in Norman, Oklahoma, at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Program coordinator is State Archeologist Bob Brooks. The all day session will begin with the Spring Board Meeting at 8:30 a. m. and will be followed by the annual business meeting for members from 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. (including election of officers and directors; and awards). Speakers begin at 10:30. Refreshments will not be set up for this day, due to classes scheduled in the classrooms that we have used in the past.

More Info

Oklahoma Anthropological Society

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History 2401 Chautauqua Norman, OK 73022-7029 405-325-4712 photo: The Commons on flickr

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March Meeting

2010-03-18

Monthly Meeting and Program

Native American Plant Use
by Dr. Schneider

March 27 at 2PM
at the Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton OK 73507




The Greater Southwest Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society will host a presentation by Dr. Fred Schneider on Native American Plant Use at the monthly chapter meeting Saturday March 27 at 2PM at the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton Oklahoma.

Dr. Fred Schneider has his Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Anthropology from the University of Missouri. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Schneider chaired, helped to build, and taught in the Anthropology Department at the University of North Dakota. When he retired seven years ago, Dr. and Mrs. Schneider moved back to Norman, Oklahoma.

Dr. Schneider is active in Oklahoma's State Master Gardner Program and the Teaching Garden at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Norman. About half of this garden is devoted to traditional Native American vegetables. In addition to his knowledge of Northern Plains traditional plant use, Dr. Schneider is gathering information on garden plant varieties used by Native Americans in Oklahoma. He is also developing an atlas of resources on Native American use of wild plants in the Oklahoma area. His presentation will discuss traditional Native American garden plants as well as traditional uses for wild plants.

The presentation is open to the public and free.



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February meeting

2010-02-25

Next Meeting
February 27, 2010

Meet us at the Museum of the Great Plains parking lot at 1:45  before driving over to the Comanche Nation College for our meeting and program.


Our guest speaker, Juanita Pahdopony, Comanche artist and educator, will meet us at CNC to show us the murals and the exhibition, "Indian Education in Southwest Oklahoma: Yesterday and Today," a photographic exhibit featuring compare and contrast images from the historic Fort Sill Indian Boarding School and today's Comanche Nation College.



About the exhibit
Photographs depicting life at the two educational institutions reveal widely contrasting treatments of native American culture. Students at the historic Fort Sill Indian Boarding School were expected to abandon their native culture and to assimilate fully into white culture. They received instruction in speaking, reading and writing English as well as vocational training in farming, blacksmithing, domestic duties such as sewing and laundry, and more. Students who today attend Comanche Nation College study the Comanche language through language immersion, and all classes have some integration of culture and language.

“Indian Education in Southwest Oklahoma: Yesterday and Today” is funded through a grant by the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton, Oklahoma

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January Meeting

2010-01-14

Monthly Meeting, January 23
at the
Museum of the Great Plains from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton, OK

Blackbirds: Man-made and Other
 by Carolyn Stayer

We all hear about historic situations as cause and effect, but parts that lead to those situations are often unrecorded. All those parts are bits individuals do to make up the whole. Anthropology is the study of those bits of the whole of human existence.

Carol (Carolyn) Stayer grew up in Lawton. She retired from the US AF (1998) and currently lives in Meers where she spends her time volunteering with Meers VFD, Wildlife Refuge, Fr. Sill Natural Resources and Blue Thumb Water Quality Program.

On January 23 at 2 p.m. Carol will talk about Blackbirds – man-made and other - stories specific to Carol’s pixels of the whole picture.

Ever wonder how high a u-2 can go? How fast an SR-71 flies? What is the SR-71 Space Shuttle? Why are they black? Can that lead into environmental conservation topics? In Carol’s life it can! Come see how military recon aviation or conservation is a part of your life! 

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International Festival

2009-09-22

2009
30th Annual
International Festival
September 25, 26, 27
Elmer Thomas Park
Lawton, Oklahoma
More information here.

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August Meeting

2009-08-19

Chapter Meeting
Saturday August 22, 2009


2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton, Oklahoma…

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July Meeting

2009-07-22

Chapter Meeting
Saturday July 25, 2009

Chapter President Debra Baker will be our featured speaker.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton, Oklahoma

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Lawton's 108th Birthday and Concert

2009-07-21

Established on August 6, 1901, Lawton, Oklahoma will turn 108 this year.
Click here to find out more about the August 1st ceremony and free concert in Elmer Thomas Park featuring Tim Tate Nevaquuaya and the Bobby Dale Band.

Bobby Dale Band

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Debitage - Episode 13: OAS Spring Meeting 2009

2009-07-10
Length: 40s

Following the Oklahoma Anthropological Society's spring meeting in April, Jana Brown talked to K.C. Kraft, OAS President Charles Cheatham and other OAS members.

Music by
U.S. Air Force Band
http://www.archive.org/details/audio…

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May Meeting

2009-05-19

The Greater Southwest Chapter
of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society
Potluck
Saturday May 23, at Noon  
 Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton, Oklahoma


Our newest member Aaron  Brummitt, will attend our next GSCOAS meeting at noon on Saturday May 23. He is employed by the Tennessee Valley authority to assist Fort Sill in maintaining compliance with the federal cultural resources regulations. Mr. Brummitt received his baccalaureate degree from the University of Tennessee and his Master's Degree from the University of South Carolina .

As a means of introducing himself to the group, Aaron will lead a discussion about some of the previous projects he has worked on, and describe his current role assisting in cultural resource consultation and conducting archaeological surveys at Fort Sill.

Aaron will have handouts with some photos to assist with the discussion.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information call Debra Baker at 580-581-3460.

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Episode 12 with Wallace C. Moore and Marcia Peppel

2009-04-24
Length: 40s

This episode, Jana Brown talks to Wallace C. Moore and Marcia Peppel from Barking Water Productions.

Barking Water Productions, Inc.

Music by
Josh Woodward

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OAS Spring Meeting

2009-04-19

Oklahoma Anthropological Society
2009 Spring Meeting
Saturday April 25
at the
Museum of the Great Plains
www.museumgreatplains.org
601 NW Ferris Avenue, Lawton OK
“Forts of Oklahoma”

Schedule
8:30 – 9:30 OAS Board Meeting
9:30 – 10:00 Registration and Refreshments (Registration is $5.00)
10:00 – 11:00 Towana Spivey, “Military Forts on the Red River”
11:00 – 12:00 K.C Kraft, “Fort (Camp) Nichols, No Man’s Land: Kit Carson
and the Santa Fe Trail”
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch on your own. Pick up a list of recommendations at the registration table. Comanche National Museum is open in case you want to make time to see it.
1:30 – 2:15 Charles Wallis, Jr., “An Introduction to Fort Reno: Past and Future”
2:15 – 3:00 Business Meeting, Awards and Election of OAS Officers and Directors
3:00 – 3:30 Mike McKay, “Archaeology at Fort Gibson: Summary and Surprises”
3:30 – 4:30 Tim Poteete, “Coffee’s Station”
4:30 – 5:00 Tour the Museum
5:00 – 5:45 GSCOAS Podcast Recording for Debitage – guest, K.C. Kraft
6:00 Dinner - Reservations at Bianco’s Italian Restaurant

Sunday Sightseeing Schedule
9:30 Meet at the Museum Parking Lot/Drive to Fort Sill Museum
9:45 – 11:45 Fort Sill – Cannon Walk and Museum Tour
11:45 – 12:00 Travel to Medicine Park
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch at the Plantation in Medicine Park
1:15 – 2:15 Touring Medicine Park/River Walk
2:15 – 3:00 Drive over to the Visitor Center
3:00 – 3:30 Visitor Center at the Wichita Wildlife Refuge
3:30 – 4:30 Sightseeing at the Wichita Wildlife Refuge…

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March Meeting

2009-03-25

Chapter Meeting
Saturday March 28, 2009

Wallace C. Moore, Sr.
"Negro Scouts of the West"

Wallace C. Moore, Sr. will be the guest speaker for this month's meeting. Wallace served twenty-seven years in the United States Army, retiring with the rank of Sergeant Major. Wallace is an historian with a special interest in the history made by Aftrican Americans during the Indian War time period. Over the years Wallace has presented this history through creative re-enactments and readings. He has educated and entertained students and adults alike throughout the state of Oklahoma.

Negro Scouts of the West will be a series of poems and stories about some of the little known African-American men who served as scouts during the Indian War time period. Men like the famed Seminole Negro Indian Scouts John T. Glass, Jim Beckworth, Britton Johnson, Isaiah Dorman, Frank Grouard and many others. The stories of these frontiersmen have yet to be fully told and the world as a whole is still unaware of their many heroic deeds.


2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton, Oklahoma…

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February Meeting

2009-02-17

Chapter Meeting
February 21, 2009

Randy Clark
"The Big Pasture - The Last Bastion of Native America and Oklahoma's Final Frontier"
A pictorial slide show on the history and importance of the Big Pasture, Beginning with the days of the Spanish explorer Coronado.
Read the full press release here.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton, Oklahoma

This event is free and open to the public.

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Episode 11 with Dr. Joe Watkins and Towana Spivey

2009-01-18
Length: 41s

This episode Debra Baker talks to Dr. Joe Watkins, Director of the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma and Towana Spivey, Director of the Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum.

Music by Brad Sucks.

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January Meeting

2009-01-18

Chapter Meeting
January 24
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton, Oklahoma

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November Meeting

2008-11-09

Chapter Meeting
November 15

"The Past, the People, and the Politics: How Ancients become Ammunition"

Our guest this month will be Dr. Joe Watkins. Dr. Watkins is a Choctaw archaeologist and director of the Native American Studies program at the University of Oklahoma.  He is the author of Indigenous Archaeology: American Indian Values and Scientific Practice and contributing author to Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
at the Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton, Oklahoma

This event is free and open to the public.…

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October Meeting

2008-10-20

Chapter Meeting
October 25

On Saturday October 25 we'll meet to go over our Bylaws. We'll meet at our usual time 2 p.m., at the Museum.
Also, we'd like to talk about what we want to do next year.
And finally, we're hoping you have some good ideas on how to increase our membership.
If there's anything you'd like to add to our agenda, please send it to gscoas@gmail.com

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
at the Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton, Oklahoma

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September Meeting

2008-09-22

Meeting and Special Guest
September 27
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
at the Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Avenue
Lawton, Oklahoma

Richard R. Drass
Archeologist III
Oklahoma Archeological Survey

"Digging Dithces; Fortifications at Bryson-Paddock and Other Wichita Villages in Oklahoma"
More information...

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Episode 10 with Tom Noddy

2008-09-03
Length: 37s

In August the Oklahoma Museum Network was launched.  Funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the Network is a statewide collaboration of five partner museums working together to provide hands-on discovery learning and science education resources to families, students and educators across the state.  

Over the summer Tom Noddy, the “Bubble Guy”, toured all five Network museums (Science Museum Oklahoma, Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse, Museum of the Great Plains and the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium) finishing his tour at the Museum of the Great Plains on August 22-24.  Following his final show, Tom spent some time talking to the Museum’s Curator of Education, Jana Brown.


Tom Noddy’s Bubble Magic
Oklahoma Museum Network

Music by
Jonathan Coulton

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29th Annual International Festival/Lawton

2008-09-02

29th Annual International Festival

Events include International Sports Day and Free Concerts with Featured Performers

The 2008 International Festival in Lawton, OK will be held September 26, 27, and 28. The hours are Friday, 5-10 pm, Saturday, 11 am-10 pm, and Sunday, 12-5 pm.

It continues to celebrate and highlight our area’s diverse cultures.  The festival is a project of the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council’s International Festival Committee and the City of Lawton.

The festival opens 5 pm, Friday and the Opening Ceremony follows at 6 pm on the 2nd Street Stage.  The highlight of this event is the Naturalization Oath Ceremony where many will take the Oath of Allegiance to become US citizens receiving their Certificates of Naturalization.

What is new this year?
The festival will be held in Elmer Thomas Park located at 3rd and Ferris Avenue.  We are so excited to launch the festival in this new location.  Some of the added amenities for the festival include, room for more attractions, parking adjacent to festival grounds, vendor parking on site, additional electrical and water sources, tour bus parking, shuttle bus transportation, completely handicap accessible, restroom facilities, and more!

In addition to our traditional events, International Sports Festival Day is set for Saturday, September 27 at Lawton High School and in Elmer Thomas Park.  Events include NFL Punt, Pass, & Kick, Disc Golf, Tennis, Fishing, and Basketball Tournaments, Football Jamboree, and Track & Field. Click here for more information.   

Everyone can participate in this citywide celebration by becoming a volunteer. It is a great way to meet new people in the community, get work experience for your resume, gain visibility for your organization or business, family or group activity, and just have FUN!!                                                                    

Throughout the three-day event, festivalgoers will have an opportunity to see multi-national entertainment, taste cuisine from more than 25 vendors, and browse the markets of the international vendors.

Free Concerts with Featured Performers
Friday Night
Needfire (Celtic Rock) www.needfire.com (Texas & Scottish artists)
Polka Kings (German & Polka) (Oklahoma artist)

Saturday
Arabesque World Music & Puppets (Arabic & Irish) www.ourarabesque.com (Oklahoma artist)

Saturday Evening
Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers (Oklahoma Folk/Rock) www.myspace.com/samanthacrain (Oklahoma artist)

Saturday Night
Beyond the Pale (World Music) www.beyond-the-pale.com (Texas artist)
Under the Influence (Texas country with the Red Dirt flavor) www.undertheinfluenceband.com (Texas artist)

Sunday Afternoon
LAAND (Greek) www.laand.com (Texas artist)
Blood Washed Blues Band (Blues & Southern Rock)
www.myspace.com/bwbb1 (Oklahoma artist)
Mariachi Orgullo de America (Mexico) www.mariachiorgullo.com (Oklahoma artist)

Visit www.cityof.lawton.ok.us/lahc for schedules (Note lineup and schedule may be subject to change beyond our control) or call 580-581-3470 or 581-3471, or email us at lahc@cityof.lawton.ok.us.

For more information about the International Sports Festival Day, contact Reginald Seaton, at 580-581-3400 or email Rseaton@cityof.lawton.ok.us  For all events and locations, No pets are allowed, only service animals, please.

Poster (pdf)

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Episode 9 with Barry Hardin

2008-08-19
Length: 13s

In June, Barry Hardin presented "Comanche Men's and Women's Clothing: 1800s to Present" at our monthly Chapter meeting. His emphasis was on Comanche styles with distinctions between Comanche, Kiowa, and other Southern Plains tribal styles.  Jana Brown talked to him followig his presentation.


Crazy Crow Trading Post

Music by Blue Ridge Highballers

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August Meeting

2008-08-17

Saturday August 23
2-4 pm
Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Ave., Lawton
 
Monthly Meeting and Special Guest

Dr. Don Wyckoff, Curator of Archaeology at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

"Clovis and the End of Mammoths"

Synopsis:  Between 12,000 and 10,500 years ago, 33 major species of  mammals became extinct in North America.  Among them such large forms as horses, camels, ground sloths, cave bears, lion, mastodons, and mammoths.  Because the period of extinction overlaps with archaeological evidence for the arrival of humans, particular those carrying the Clovis material culture, it has been argued that Clovis people were responsible for the die-off.  Such an explanation is increasingly in question as new evidence is available about the arrival, and point of arrival, of Clovis groups as well as significant climatic changes occurring around 10,900 years ago. Dr. Wyckoff's talk will delve into these questions and some of the new findings that bear on the interaction of people spreading across the North American continent.

Biography:  Dr. Don Wyckoff's PH.D. is from Washington State University; graduated in 1980 when Mt. St. Helens erupted!  He has worked as an archeologist in Oklahoma for 47 years, first for the Oklahoma River Basin Surveys here at the University of Oklahoma, then as Oklahoma's first State Archaeologist.  From 1968 to 1996 he was Director of the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey.  From 1996 to present: teaching half time for the Department of Anthropology at OU and half time curator of archaeology for the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at OU.  In April of  2008, O.U. President David Boren announced Dr. Wyckoff as the recipient of a David Ross Boyd Presidential professorship.  Dr. Wyckoff is involved with research on ice-age environments in Oklahoma, with hunter-gatherer societies here between 10,000 and 2,000 years ago, and with the sources of knappable stone favored by hunting and gathering people throughout prehistory on the Southern Plains.

Other interesting links where you'll find out more about Dr. Wycoff and his work include this interview with the History Detectives,  and this one at OU faculty pages.

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Lawton-Ft. Sill Birthday/Arvel Bird Concert

2008-07-31

Lawton-Ft. Sill Birthday Celebration with Arvel Bird, “Many Tribes, One Fire Band” Free Concert

August 2nd

Friendly Reminder

Who: Arvel Bird with “Many Tribes, One Fire Band”,
4-time Indiana State Fiddle Champion,
2006 & 2007 Best Instrumentalist for the Canadian and Native American Music Awards
1st Performance in SW Oklahoma
Last chance to catch him in 2008 OK/TX area

What: Free concert in Elmer Thomas Park on the Lake Helen Amphitheater

When: Saturday, Aug 2
7 pm: Opening Ceremony – Lawton Mayor John Purcell and Major General Peter M. Vangjel, Commanding General United States Army Fires Center of Excellence Fort Sill will provide opening remarks. Soloist, Sabrina Harrell will perform.  Appearance by the Pioneer Women’s Club of Lawton and Lawton Rangers with the South Central District Square Dancers, Mr Mathys to call.

8 pm: Concert - Full band including young American Indian Dancers performing various traditional dance demonstrations
while the band plays

Where: Enter the park from either 6th street & Ferris Avenue on the South or  at 6th & Cache Road on the North.
Parking attendants will assist w/parking once inside the park
The 3rd & Ferris Ave. entrance is by special pass only

Why: Lawton-Ft. Sill 107th Birthday Celebration

Onsite: Water/snow cone vendor
Additional Porta-pottys
Free public parking in park

What to Bring:  Water, Picnic Baskets, Coolers, Lawn Chairs, Blankets
What not to Bring: Please, No pets, only service animals; No Glass Containers, No Fireworks; No Alcoholic beverages

Websites:
www.wimgo.com/events/46906
www.cityof.lawton.ok.us/lahc
www.arvelbird.com
www.myspace.com/arvelbird

Funding and Support for this event provided by the:
City of Lawton
Lawton Arts & Humanities Council
Lawton-Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce/ Lawton Hotel-Motel Tax Fund
Oklahoma Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts
With special assistance from the Lawton Marriot Hotels, Springhill Suites, Comanche Housing Authority, and the Comanche National Museum

For Event Information:
Arts & Humanities Division at 580-581-3470 or 581-3471 or by email at LAHC@cityof.lawton.ok.us.

For Arvel Bird Information:
Kimberly Kelley, Artist Manager and Booking Agent, (615) 406-3689 or info@singingwolfrecords.com

Arvel Bird with “Many Tribes, One Fire Band” Quick Bio
Music is fusion of American Indian Fiddle/flute with Celtic and Jazz
People may know it as “World Music”.  Has several CD’s out.
Visit: www.arvelbird.com or www.myspace.com/arvelbird

Arvel’s heritage is Southern Piaute/Scottish.  His band members include former Oklahoman, Steve Allen, who will be on the guitar that night.  Steve was born and raised in Oklahoma. His sister still lives there and he has many family and friends there and gets back as often as he can. So this gig is like coming home for him. He was taught guitar by Eldon Chamblin of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, a big group in Oklahoma in those days. He attended Oklahoma State University and had his own band there. Eventually he moved to L.A. and now is in Nashville.

Other members include,
Michael Jackson
Brad Bearsheart whose young children will be performing traditional dances while they play.  They are Varinia, Nathaniel, and Ella Bearsheart.

They will do a variety of dances:  jingle, grass and fancy, depending on the type of song.  The kids are experienced dancers.  Native kids whose parents are actively involved in learning their traditions (like Brad and his wife, Gabrielle), learn to dance very young, so they will be a delightful addition to the show!

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Episode 8 with Dr. Leland Bement

2008-07-25
Length: 37s

In March, Debra Baker and Jana Brown talked to Dr. Leland Bement from the Oklahoma Archeological Survey.


Music by Brad Sucks

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May Meeting

2008-05-22

Monthly Meeting, May 24
at the
Museum of the Great Plains
from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Gerald Franklin, an artist-blacksmith who works outof Black Bull Forge near Duncan will be our guest this Saturday. Gerald accepts private commissions and has work in homes all over Oklahoma and Texas.  He has studied under several nationally known artist-blacksmiths to include Robert Patrick of Everton, Arkansas, and Tal Harris, of Waxhaw, North Carolina.  Gerald's work includes historic reproductions and contemporary style pieces.

Gerald is a member of the Saltfork Craftsmen Artist-Blacksmith Association and has served on the Board of Directors of that organization since 2004.  He also serves as the Education Coordinator for Saltfork.
 
Gerald does several public demonstrations a year around Oklahoma and North Texas.  He specializes in educational demonstrations for young people and has brought the magic of metal art to numerous school groups across the region.…

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Echo's of the Past

2008-05-13

Echo’s of the Past
Presented by The McAlester Archeological Society (M.A.S.) and the Tahlequah Archaeological Society (T.A.S.) May 17th and 18th at Arrowhead State Park in Canadian County, Oklahoma
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Episode 7 with Randy Clark

2008-04-18
Length: 28s

Chapter member Randy Clark discusses, among other things, the history and importance of southwest Oklahoma's Big Pasture.

Music by
Josh Woodward

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OAS Spring Meeting

2008-04-15

OAS Spring MeetingSaturday April 19, 2008Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural HistoryNorman, OK
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March Meeting

2008-03-18

GSC-OAS Monthly Meeting

Saturday March 22

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Guest Leland Bement

From Mammoth Hunters to Bison Hunters: Culture Change During The Younger Dryas

As the glaciers began to melt 12,000 years ago an abrupt climate change cast the world back into ice age conditions.  This event is known as the Younger Dryas.  During this time in North America people of the Clovis culture were hunting mammoths and other large animals.  At the start of the Younger Dryas the mammoths went extinct, forcing the hunters to shift to hunting other animals.  Archaeology in Oklahoma adds to this research.  A look at the changing climate and cultures during this period will be presented from the perspective of excavations in Oklahoma. 

Dr. Bement is an archaeologist with the Oklahoma Archeological Survey, OU.  He has been with the Survey for 16 years and specializes in Paleoindian cultures, animal bones, and environmental reconstructions.

 Museum of the Great Plains

601 NW Ferris Avenue

Lawton, Oklahoma 

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February Meeting

2008-02-18

GSC-OAS Monthly MeetingSaturday February 23  2 p.m. - 4 p.m.   Dr. Michael Dunn, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Cameron University   Reconstructing Ancient Plants and Ecosystems: Lessons from the 325myo Fayetteville Flora of Arkansas    Museum of the Great Plains 601 NW Ferris AvenueLawton, Oklahoma

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January Meeting

2008-01-12

   Our next Chapter meeting will be Saturday January 19th.  Randy Clark will present

The Big Pasture - The Last Bastion of Native America and Oklahoma's Last Frontier.

Please join us from 2-4 pm at the Museum of the Great Plains.

601 NW Ferris Avenue

Lawton, Oklahoma

Randy presently serves as City Manager of Grandfield, and Trustor of the local Historic Preservation Commission, within the Grandfield community and Big Pasture area. He has worked with the Oklahoma Historical Society toward the preservation of local historic properties, and the downtown area, that have recently been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, in an effort to preserve various aspects of the past culture and history of the Big Pasture. As Chairman of the Tillman County Water Development Authority, and appointee as a Stake Holder to the Economic Development of Tillman County, he is a part of the present day effort toward the betterment of communities and organizations within Tillman and western Cotton County. He is a third generation Farmer & Rancher in the Big Pasture Area and a member of the Oklahoma Brangus Breeders Association.

A great, great grandson of John Wesley James, who was a first cousin to Frank and Jessie James, he grew up along the banks of Brush Creek in the Big Pasture area, where he discovered the renowned Brush Creek Flint Cache in1968. He has since discovered other prehistoric and historic era artifacts.
Having an interest in the anthropology and history of the Big Pasture, he was entrusted with the organization of the Big Pasture Centennial Celebration and the historic KCA Powwow that was held in September 2007. Randy said, "It was important that all participants and aspects of the Celebration were tangible links to the history and anthropology of the Big Pasture."

Randy will discuss the history of the Big Pasture, beginning with the days of the Spanish explorer Coronado to the establishment of the Big Pasture. He will also talk about present day culture and economy, as well as the significance of the Centennial Celebration.…

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December Meeting

2007-12-02

Our next chapter meeting will be Saturday December 8th at the
Museum of the Great Plains601 NW FerrisLawton, Oklahoma We will start at 1:00 pm with a potluck and business lunch.  At 2:00 Kathleen Gibbs, Jon Denton and OAS President Charles Cheatham will present their very popular OAS PowerPoint presentation, "Digging Into History" a look at Oklahoma archeology as seen through the lens of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society.

The OAS PowerPoint show offers a pictorial survey of the Society's 50-year history.  The volunteer support group sponsors excavations, field surveys and classes.  It helps professional archeologists find and excavate a variety or historic and prehistoric sites over the state.

OAS members have assisted research on Oklahoma ancient Indian camps and tools, remains of mammoths and camels, a buried Red River steamboat, and Civil War battlegrounds.  The Society publishes a variety of professional reports available to the pubic.

For more information email us at gscoas@gmail.com


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Episode 6 - Women of the Fur Trade

2007-10-25
Length: 28s

Patsy Harper, Cynthia Vannoy and Tonda Harrup talk about the women of the fur trade and their participation at rendezvous.



















Women of the Fur Trade

Hata Yowin Rendezvous Women

www.buckskinning.org
www.buckskinning.org/groups_hanta_yowin.htm
www.buckskinning.org/groups_wft.htm

Music by Eric Brown

 


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Episode 5 - The Fur Trade

2007-10-25
Length: 1s

Museum of the Great Plains Living History Interpretor Tim Poteete talks to Barry Hardin about the fur trade.

American Mountain Men
www.mtmen.org
Crazy Crow Trading Post
www.crazycrow.com

Music by
Jonathan Coulton








 

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Episode 4

2007-09-18
Length: 17s

This month, join Jana Brown as she talks to Lynn Musslewhite and Ralph Blodgett about their current research on early modes of transportation in southwest Oklahoma.  This information will be utilized in the design and presentation of the new Intermodal Transportation Center opening soon at the Museum of the Great Plains.

 Music by Jonathan Coulton

www.jonathancoulton.com

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September meeting

2007-09-18


 September 22, 20072-4 pm Museum of the Great Plains601 NW Ferris 
Lawton, Oklahoma
  This month we will be discussing how our Chapter can acknowledge Oklahoma's centennial.  On Saturday November 17th we would like to have a day of presentations and discussions.Please join us with your ideas, thoughts etc.  
If you can't make it to the meeting please email us with your ideas!

gscoas@gmail.com

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Episode 3 with Yvonne Lever

2007-07-20
Length: 23s

This month, Jana Brown talks to Yvonne Lever about her work with Atlas Fine Art Services, museums and NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act).


Music by Jonathan Coulton.

www.jonathancoulton.com

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Episode 2 - Diamond Cemetery

2007-04-21
Length: 30s

In March we joined Jeremy Pye, a graduate student from the University of Arkansas, as he surveyed the Diamond Cemetery in Stephens County, Oklahoma.  Also from the University of Arkansas were Li Bai and John Samuelson as well as Lauren Cleeland from the University of Oklahoma.  We also talked to Gary Bell who, along with his wife, are the caretakers for the cemetery.  If you have any information about the cemetery, the Diamond community or would like to help maintain the cemetery, with labor or money, you can write Gary Bell at Rt. 1, Box 10; Weatherford, OK 73096 or you may contact us. 

Be sure to check out the photos at our website. http://gscoas.googlepages.com/

 Music by Jonathan Coulton.
www.jonathancoulton.com


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Episode 1 with Kent Buehler

2007-02-28
Length: 24s

Join Debra Baker and Jana Brown as they talk with Kent Buehler from the Oklahoma Archeological Survey.













 



 
 

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Debitage

A Podcast for the Greater Southwest Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society - Lawton, Oklahoma

Debitage


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