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” A Survey and Analysis of Sound-Making Artifacts from Bluff Shelter Sites in the Ozark Plateau Region of the Central United States “, James A. Rees, Jr., Archaeologist, Tuesday, August 28, Boone Co. Library, 5:30 p.m.
August 28 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Jim Rees is a member of the Arkansas Archeological Society. He holds a MA in anthropology from the University of Arkansas, a MSE degree in history, and BM and BME degrees in music from Ouachita Baptist University. Since retiring from Springdale High School in Springdale, Arkansas, where he taught world history and anthropology, he volunteers with the Arkansas Archeological Survey and the University of Arkansas Museum Collections. He is a former Vice President of the Arkansas Archeological Society and former member of the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Historical Association. Mr. Rees has published articles in several books and journals on topics ranging from traditional Methodist camp meetings to music archeology. He has also been the recipient of two NEH Summer Fellowships, one to the University of Florida (1979), and one to the University of California at Santa Barbara (1988). He was recently invited to present a paper to the International Council for Traditional Music’s Music Archaeology Symposium in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
In the 1920s and 1930s there were a relatively small number of bluff shelter sites excavated by professional archaeologists across the Ozark Plateau region. Unfortunately, collections from these excavations languished on the shelves of various museums for many years. However, recently there has been renewed interest in studying these collections in order to better understand the cultural history of the pre-Columbian peoples of the Ozarks. This revival of interest has led to the rediscovery of a small sample of sound makers, all made from perishable materials that were preserved in some of the dryer bluff shelters. The structure and significance of these remarkable artifacts, including what is probably the oldest known example of a two-chambered Native American flute, will be examined here.