PUBLIC AND PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
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Dr Seymour, Research Associate at The Southwest Center, University of Arizona, has been
listed by New Mexico Historical Review as one of the Southwest's "seminal Spanish borderland,
southwestern, and western scholars."
She is available for presentations in venues of an educational or public nature. She frequently speaks at Center for Southwest Studies, at Cochise College, for the Arizona
Archaeological Society, the Arizona Seniors Academy, at Old Pueblo Archaeology's Third Thursday lecture series, and in classes at the University of Arizona. She is also can
be heard at professional meetings.
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Picax-Ande and the Lipan Apache Response to Spanish Military Presence, November 12, 2016
New Mexico Archaeological Council Fall Conference, November 12, 2016
Deni Seymour and Oscar Rodriguez
The Lipan Apache were prominent players in Spanish Colonial encounters in New Mexico and elsewhere. Interesting socio-political developments occurred in response
to conflict with Europeans in the late 1700s and provide insights into the transformation of Lipan society into a personality-based form of hierarchical society which
provides historically and culturally situated understandings of power. Picax-ande was central in this larger organizational scheme as the last leader of an expansive
confederacy, wielding considerable influence. This was a critical time in the rise of a new organizational structure wherein separate autonomous bands of multiple
ethnicities came together under a single leader, not just for a single battle or ceremony, providing insights into an early form of Lipan Apache supra-band organization.
This confederacy effectively slowed Spanish expansion north and established a North-South line of détente.
History of the Santa Cruz Valley and San Xavier, February 2, 2017,
San Xavier Docents
St Clair Room, 9 am
TBA see DeniSeymour/Talks academia.edu
The Great Battle of 1698: A Historical Turning Point for the O'odham and Apache, February 13, 2017
Sunsites Gem & Mineral Club. Perhaps the greatest historical event to have occurred in the region happened along the San Pedro River in the vicinity of Fairbank on
Easter Day in 1698. This was the battle at Santa Cruz de Gaybanipitea when 500 Apache and their allies attacked the still-sleeping Sobaipuri-O’odham village of 80.
This was a village visited by the Jesuit Father Eusebio Kino in the 1690s. Against all odds, the Sobaipuri-O’odham won. The story is remembered because it was retold
and recorded by a number of Spaniards, including by Padre Kino, but fresh understandings are now available that make the story even more important. Seymour corrects
the historical record with new translations of historic battle-related documents. She moves beyond what the Spanish conveyed about the battle to include results of
archaeological excavations and analysis and application of O’odham-specific cultural information that explains a number of problems including why Kino was delayed in
his inspection of the battlefield. The reasons for the battle are discussed and long-held questions are answered including the role of the Spaniards, routes of retreat,
evidence of ritualized site cleansing, how we can be certain we have the correct location, and where specifically the Sobaipuri went after the battle. A newly identified
battlefield signature is discussed based on projectile point breakage patterns. Projectile points also provide important indicators of the various ethnic groups involved:
the Jocome, Jano, Manso, Suma, and Apache. March 8, 2016 at Salt River Community
Sobaipuri O'odham Legacy at the San Xavier/Wa:k Community, March 4, 2017
This presentation will focus on the Sobaipuri and my work with the San Xavier District.
Specific topic to be determined.
It will be at the Tohono O"Odham Nation Museum at Topawa where they are hosting the Archaeology Expo on March 4, 2017.