After an eight hour drive from Ventura County, California to Coolidge, Arizona, I was instantly greeted by the 103 degree weather and the beautiful Sonoran Desert that extends into the distance for miles. After several email exchanges, I was honored to meet the park’s Archaeologist Technician, and the rest of the friendly staff at Casa Grande National Monument who I will be closely working with for the summer. This week, I was given multiple tours around the park, where I was able to familiarize myself with the history, ecology, and culture of the park. I even got a chance to become a Junior Park Ranger!

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 16:58

Saguaro Fruit Para el Calor

These past two weeks have been busy but nonetheless extremely informative and fun as I have been commuting back and forth from Coolidge to Tucson, Arizona for CPR and Wilderness First Aid training. I am starting to feel less of an outsider everyday despite my stereotypical Californian urge to wear shorts and sandals everywhere in this 100+ degree weather. I also have found myself feeling more comfortable living in a town far different than what I’m used to, you can even catch me watching World Cup games on Saturday mornings at the nearest Mexican restaurant cheering and celebrating with the cooks. Viva Latinoamerica!

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 16:56

Celebrating 25 Years of TICRAT

This past week I traveled with the Casa Grande team to New Mexico for a three-day bilingual workshop, Taller Internacional de Conservación y Restauración de Tierra (TICRAT), which took place in Santa Fe and Pecos National Historic Park. This collaboration was comprised of members from several institutions such as the National Park Service, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH), University of Arizona, University of New Mexico, and many other organizations all of which shared information on the preservation and restoration of earthen architecture in the northwest Mexico region and the southwestern region in the United States.

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After waiting for what feels like a long time, monsoon season has finally hit Casa Grande Ruins! We have been having haboobs, a phenomenon similar to sandstorms, and thunderstorms. Though this brings a lot of humidity to the area, it feels great to finally have rain and see some green at the park. It is week eight and it has suddenly hit me, my time at the park along with what has turned into my busy daily routine will soon be coming to an end.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:08

Miriam Lagunas

Miriam Lagunas is a first generation, UC Berkeley undergraduate pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Society and Environment with a Minor in Anthropology. She was raised in Oxnard, California, an agricultural town in Ventura County. While at Berkeley, she worked at the California Archaeology Laboratory where she translated and transcribed indigenous notes from Spanish to English, participated in archaeology excavations in collaboration with the Amah Mutsun Tribe, and analyzed the collected archaeological material in a laboratory setting. Her research interests include the restoration and revitalization of indigenous ecological knowledge and practices to promote a more sustainable and biodiverse world. She is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion within the environmental field. On her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar and singing for Berkeley’s Mariachi, weight lifting, hiking, and playing soccer on the weekends. 

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