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Museum curator to speak at March 8 Archaeology Society meeting


CAVE CREEK – Join the Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter at their March 8 meeting and learn about The World of Leekya with presenter Deborah Slaney.

Zuni carver Leekya Deyuse emerged in the early 1900s as the preeminent maker of stone figural sculptures, fetishes, mosaic work, and figural jewelry in the 20th century. A laborer on Frederick Hodge’s excavation of Hawikku Pueblo, Leekya’s excellence in carving reached its pinnacle by the 1930s-1950s. This talk celebrates his legacy and those of his fellow carvers and descendants. The presentation is also the basis for the first comprehensive exhibit on Leekya and his family, to be held at the Albuquerque Museum in June 2017, demonstrating how his descendants have adopted innovative and independent marketing strategies in the 21st century.

Slaney is curator of history for The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and Casa San Ysidro in Corrales, New Mexico. Slaney holds a Master of Liberal Arts with Museum Emphasis from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in Anthropology/Southwestern Archaeology from the University of Arizona. Her research interests include Pueblo and Spanish Colonial archaeology, Hispano material culture, and Southwestern popular culture.  Her professional publications include Jewel of the Railroad Era: Albuquerque’s Alvarado Hotel; Wonders of the Weavers/Maravillas de los tejedores: 19th Century Río Grande Weavings from the Collection of The Albuquerque Museum; and Blue Gem, White Metal: Carvings and Jewelry from the C.G. Wallace Collection.

The March 8 meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., with refreshments available starting at 7 p.m. Meetings are held in the community building at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek.

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