the 10th consecutive year, in celebration and recognition of Oregon Archaeology Celebration, Smith Rock State Park will be hosting a special Friday evening series of archaeology presentations in October.
The focus of the 2012 OAC series is "The Sustainable Culture of Native Americans."
These programs are open to the public and are free of charge, except for the $5 day-use fee to park. The programs begin at 7 p.m., and each presentation will run approximately an hour-and-a-half in length.
This is the 19th year for the OAC, which by a proclamation by the governor of Oregon, sets aside one month each year to celebrate and promote archaeology, cultural heritage and history with a focus on, but not limited to, Oregon.
Smith Rock's annual Friday evening OAC series has become one of the premier participating events in the annual statewide OAC calendar.
Each session will feature a question and answer period at the conclusion of the presentation.
This is an outstanding opportunity for members of the public to discover the compelling and colorful history and heritage of the region.
The series includes:
Oct. 5: Dr. Leland Gilsen, retired Oregon state archaeologist, "The Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory," at the barn at Smith Rock State Park's Rex Complex.
Oct. 12: Steve Allely, artist and historic replicator, "Weapons and Hunting Practices," Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center.
Oct. 19: Rose Charley, cultural specialist, Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, "Gathering and Preparing Cultural Foods," Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center.
Oct. 26: Perry Chocktoot, culture and heritage director, Klamath Tribes, "Producing Stone Tools," Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center.