Sun, Aug. 18

Sunday Lecture Series: A History of the Yavapai-Apache Nation

Vincent Randall

Vincent Randall

Apache Elder Vincent Randall and Chris Coder, archaeologist for the Yavapai-Apache Nation, who have worked together for 15 years, will present a program on the culture, language and history of Tribal People in the Verde Valley area at Red Rock State Park's theatre on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m.

The program will outline the history of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, including their relationships with other tribes in the area. It may also clarify their current political and cultural situation in the Upper Verde Valley today. The Yavapai-Apache Nation has a dramatic history and rich culture. There will be an opportunity for attendees to participate in a question and answer session.

Vincent Randall is a life-long member of the Clarkdale community, living on the same property where he was born. He has a bachelor's of science degree in education from Northern Arizona University. Randall taught at Clarkdale-Jerome School for 28 years and was the most successful basketball coach in the school's history. He was a board member of the Association of American Indian Affairs from 1969 to 1989 and also served on the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

A former chairman of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, he also serves as the manager of the Apache Cultural Resource Center. Randall is fluent in Apache and an acknowledged Apache historian, ethnobotanist and NAGPRA expert. He was also instrumental in the decommissioning of the dam in Fossil Creek. He and his wife, Erie, raised two daughters.

Chris Coder earned a B.A. in geology from Augustana College and a Masters of Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. He has been a professional archaeologist since 1981, working on the Colorado Plateau, across the intermountain west and the Great Plains. From 1990-1996, Coder was a project archaeologist for Grand Canyon National Park. Since that time, he has been the archaeologist for the Yavapai-Apache Nation in Camp Verde. He lives with his wife and two daughters outside of Flagstaff.

As the archaeologist for the Yavapai and Apache, he has worked to gather archival documents and locate ancestral relics. Along with Vincent Randall and a team of Tribal Elders he has played a technical role in the successful NAGPRA repatriation negotiations with the Denver Art Museum, the Field Museum of Chicago, and many other repositories of tribal objects across the country. As part of the project to restore the natural flow of Fossil Creek, Coder documented campsites, farms, and traditional cultural properties of the Apache. Coder is the author of "An Introduction to Grand Canyon Prehistory."

Seating is limited, so attendees need to call (928) 282-6907 to make reservations and assure themselves a seat during the program. The Park is located at 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona. The program itself is free of charge. There is an entry fee to the Park of $10 for four adults in a car.