Pueblo Grande Calendar of Events

Calendar ViewAnnual Events CalendarCanyon Records Concerts Drop-In Discovery Saturdays The Science of Sound & Music Lecture Series  

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December 2016 to February 2017
September to November 2016
June to August 2016

For programs requiring advanced registration and payment: 

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 Join Pueblo Grande Museum every Friday at noon in February for the free lecture series, The Science of Sound & Music. As part of the 6th Annual Arizona Scitech Festival, this year’s theme complements the changing exhibit, One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records, currently at Pueblo Grande Museum. These lectures will explore the science of instrument making, music, and current research of how music and sound is being used across a variety of disciplines.

This free lecture series is open to the public and sponsored by the Arizona Archaeological Society Phoenix Chapter, and Chipotle – Cityscape. 
February 3, 2017
Radio Healer: Building Indigenous Electronic Instruments
Presented by Cristobal Martinez, Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University, Artist, Radio Healer, Artist, Post Commodity

In this short lecture, artist Cristóbal Martínez will demonstrate several musical instruments built by the indigenous led artist collective Radio Healer.  During his demonstrations, Martinez will discuss the role of these instruments within Radio Healer's performances, as well as provide some basic knowledge for how to build a Radio Healer instrument of your own!

February 10, 2017
Hits of the Hohokam and the Science of Soundwaves
Presented by Danielle Vernon, Pueblo Grande Museum Outreach Coordinator

Do you like music? So did the ancient people of the Sonoran Desert! Join Pueblo Grande Museum Outreach Coordinator, Danielle Vernon for an informal drop-in interactive presentation on the archaeological and ethnographic evidence of Hohokam music, get to handle some replica artifacts and listen to some Native American music.

Let’s not forget the science! During this informal presentation, guests will also learn about the science of soundwaves as we construct a giant wave machine out of candy! Drop-in anytime between noon to 1 p.m. to learn more and participate in this exploration of Hohokam musical instruments.

February 17, 2017
The Physics, Perception and Neuroscience of Music
Presented by Stephen Helms Tillery, Associate Professor, Director, Sensorimotor Research Group, School of Biological & Health systems Engineering ASU, and Alex Kohli, Animator, Composer, Musician, Board of Directors for the Arizona STEAMshop

Music taps deeply into the neural systems which sense and control the body.   Both melodies and rhythms tap into the deepest parts of the brain, and those newest portions that make us human. Not only that, but as a tribe we use music also to bind together our brains and generate common states. What are the underlying basics of these? 

In this lecture we will learn about the ways in which neural systems respond to the elements of music, and explore the ways that music can entrain brains to auditory rhythms, and the ways that can be tapped to entrain multiple brains one to each other.  

February 24, 2017
The Evolution of Stringed Instruments: From the Shaman’s Bow to the Computerized Guitar
Presented by William Eaton, Director, Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

Musician and instrument maker William Eaton will present a broad overview about the evolution of stringed instruments. William will share his insights about the fundamentals of how stringed instruments create 'sound' through vibrating strings that are coupled to various shapes and cavities. These variations have become the family of stringed instruments that have emerged on every continent. Building guitars since 1971, William is a co-founder and current director of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, a guitar making school that he started with his partners and mentors John Roberts and Bob Venn in 1975. William will feature several of his one-of-a-kind multi-stringed instruments during the presentation, including his double neck harp guitar, which incorporates a computer to accomplish instantaneous tuning changes.

Behind the Scenes Tour
Thursday, February 16| 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Cost: $5, Discounts for Museum Members

Join collections staff for a "behind the scenes" tour of Pueblo Grande Museum. Take an intimate tour of the lab, storage, and archival areas not open to the public. See how museums process, organize, and care for their collections.  Space is limited, register at front desk in Museum Lobby. $5 Tour fee is in addition to Museum Admission. Discounts for Museum Members.

Drop-In Discovery Saturday
Saturday, February 18 | 10 a.m. to noon
Cost: General Admission prices apply

Join August Wood on the back patio for a drop-in informational program about Pima baskets. Discover the technique, tools, and materials used to weave traditional Pima Baskets. This informal program is included with paid museum admission and was made possible by Arizona Humanities. Let us know how you like the D.i.D.S. programs!!!

Petroglyph Discovery Hike
Saturday, February 18 | 9 to 10 a.m.
Cost : $5, For all ages
Location: Box Canyon / Holbert Trail
Difficulty: Moderate

Bring the whole family for a short one mile Hohokam petroglyph discovery hike at South Mountain for an easy but also petroglyph rich hiking experience. An experienced Museum guide will lead participants on a quick one-mile, one-hour interpretive hike, perfect for all ages and busy schedules. Space is limited.  Cost: $5. Register by February 16.

Park of Four Waters Tour
Friday, February 24 |10 to 11 a.m.
Cost: $5; Discounts for Museum Members

The Park of Four Waters tour will take you on a walk through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of prehistoric Hohokam canal systems. The Hohokam people lived in the Salt River Area from approximately 450AD to 1450AD. They were an agricultural society, growing corn, beans, squash and cotton.  In order to support their extensive agricultural system, the Hohokam people constructed miles of canals in order to direct water from the Salt River to their fields. Space is limited, register at front desk in Museum Lobby. Tour fee is in addition to Museum Admission. Discounts for Museum Members.

MARCH 2017

Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary Presentation
Wednesday, March 1 |  6:30 to 8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Join the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary and Dr. Nancy J. Parezo, Professor of American Indian Studies and Anthropology at the University of Arizona, for her presentation Native Arizonans at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition on February 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Pueblo Grande Museum.


In 1904 the Louisiana Purchase Exposition was held in St Louis. Attending that fair were over 3,000 indigenous men, women and children who were engaged to show middle class American citizens how “the other half of the world lived.”  Included in this group were a group of Pima and Maricopa kindergarten students from the Sacaton Indian School, Navajo weavers,and  Maricopa and Akimel O’odham potters, as well as the stars of the exposition–Geronimo and his relatives from the the White Mountain Apache reservation. Using a wealth of historic photographs and stories, Nancy Parezo documents what it was like to be a demonstrator and the official “other” for turn-of-the century America.


This event is free and open to the public, made possible by the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. Donations are welcome.

Archaeology for Kids
Saturday, March  4| 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Cost: $15; Discounts for Museum Members 

Children ages 7 to 12 can become a Junior Archaeologist and explore the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Learn how to identify artifacts in the field, and discover how archaeologists use these artifacts to learn more about past cultures.  Register by March 2.

Plant Tour of Pueblo Grande
Friday, March 10 | 10 to 11 a.m.
Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Discover some of the edible and medicinal plants of the southwest on an abbreviated walk along the trail at Pueblo Grande. A knowledgeable guide will identify various desert flora and some of the traditional crops (in season) used by the Ancient Sonoran Desert People. This program is included with paid museum admission. Space is limited, please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot.

17th Annual Ancient Technology Day: Prehistoric & Historic
Saturday, March 11 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Regular Admission; Children ages 17 and under free, Museum Members Free

Join Pueblo Grande Museum for a day of fun! Try your hand at tossing an atlatl (spear), discover the art and process of pottery making, basket weaving, loom spinning, flint knapping, and more! Taste roasted agave, cooked in the traditional way in an underground oven, and purchase some frybread for lunch. Free arts and crafts activities are available for the kids! Enjoy various cultural, historic, and technology demonstrations throughout the day as well. Tours of the archaeological site, the Park of Four Waters, and artifact show-and-tell stations will also be available throughout the day.