the Lives and Legacies of Omer Stewart and Joe Ben Wheat from the Perspectives of
Dr. Deward Walker and Dr. Stephen Lekson
Wed 26 Oct, 7p, Norlin Library 5th floor
Free and open to the public
“Southwestern Anthropology: the Lives and Legacies of Omer Stewart and Joe Ben Wheat” will be addressed by Dr. Deward Walker and Dr. Stephen Lekson on the University of Colorado Boulder campus on Wednesday October 26 at 7 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will take place on the 5th floor of the Norlin Library with a reception following the talk.
Omer Stewart, cultural anthropologist, social activist, and founder of the Department of Anthropology is most famously known for combating racism, defending the use of peyote in the Native American Church, and serving as an expert witness in defense of American Indian land claims.
Joe Ben Wheat, archaeologist, teacher, and first Curator of Anthropology at CU-Boulder’s Museum of Natural History, excavated Paleo-Indian and Ancestral Pueblo archeological sites and devised a pioneering classification system for southwestern textiles.
Their lives and legacies will be addressed by Dr. Deward Walker and Dr. Stephen Lekson.
Dr. Deward Walker, Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1964, came to the University of Colorado Boulder in 1969, where he has conducted research with tribes of the Plains, Northwest, Great Basin, and Southwest. He has more than 200 publications. Like Omer Stewart, he has frequently served as an expert witness in cases concerning American Indian religious freedom, Tribal land claims, treaty-reserved rights, and rights of American Indian prisoners. He is currently engaged in research in the Great Basin and Plateau.
Dr. Stephen Lekson, Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1988, is Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Archeology at the CU Museum of Natural History. His fieldwork has been in the Mogollon and Ancestral Pueblo regions of the Southwest. Lekson’s current research projects focus on the Mimbres region in southern New Mexico and the Yellow Jacket site, a large Mesa Verde site excavated by Joe Ben Wheat.
This event was inspired by the exhibit about Stewart and Wheat in Norlin on the east side 2nd floor landing. The display is free and open to the public during Norlin Library building hours.