Lecture with Dr. Melissa Kruse-Peeples and Bernard Siquieros: "Sonoran Desert Food and Lifeways, Past and Present"
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Knowledge seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café, where experts share their latest research on Phoenix's deep and diverse history in a jargon-free zone.

Dr. Melissa Kruse-Peeples and Bernard Siquieros will explore "Sonoran Desert Food and Lifeways, Past and Present." The Sonoran Desert is definitely not a food desert, and has dozens of edible wild plants and ancient arid-adapted agricultural food crops. In this talk, Kruse-Peeples and Siquieros will provide an overview of the food history of the Sonoran Desert and ways you can enjoy many of the flavors of the desert today.

Presented by Archaeology Southwest, a nonprofit organization working across the Southwest to explore and protect the places of our past.

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MELISSA KRUSE-PEEPLES, Ph.D., is a Sonoran Desert foodie at heart and enjoys growing, cooking, and exploring the region’s unique flavors. She works as an Educator for Native Seeds/SEARCH, a non-profit agricultural seed bank, and as a Community Garden Coordinator for Native Health, a non-profit health and wellness service provider. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University in 2014 where she studied the long-term sustainability of ancient agriculture and water harvesting practices in Central Arizona.

BERNARD SIQUIEROS is an enrolled member of the Tohono O'odham Nation and is currently employed as the Curator of Education at the Tohono O'odham Nation’s Cultural Center and Museum. A former Archaeology Southwest Board member, he has served as counselor, researcher, program coordinator, and education administrator in education entities on and off the Tohono O'odham Nation.
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