Meetings:

Monthly meetings are held on the third     
Thursday  of the month at The Portola
Community Center,  45-480 Portola Ave.  Palm
Desert

  • Meeting starts at 6:30 PM
  •  Program follows short meeting
  • No meetings during July and August
  •  For more information e-mail CVAS    
  President, Britt Wilson at   
  brittwilson55@hotmail.com  
Coachella Valley Archaeological Society (CVAS)
April 20th
MARY GORDON AND DENNIS GARCIA

"LIFE OF CHARLIE COOKE"
Based on Mary’s book about Charlie Cooke
   TIQ SLO’W: The Making of a Modern Day Chief
TOPIC:  Dr. Mary Contini Gordon will talk about the collaborative work of Charlie
Cooke
on behalf of Indian sites and parks—in some cases one and the same.  This
cowboy, truck-driver, and war veteran rediscovered his lost Indian heritages as a
youth and promoted both their cultural and natural aspects from then on.  Mary will
discuss Charlie’s work with archaeologists, park staffs, and civic leadership, resulting
in preservation of ancient grounds, sacred sites, and large areas of pristine lands
from mountains to sea throughout Southern California.  Since the story is inexorably
connected to changes in archaeological practices, the development of California
areas, and changes in regard to respect of Indian heritages, these topics will be
woven into the presentation.  
Charlie Cooke was a galvanizing leader in the face of
great odds.  He was much admired by National and State Park leaders,
archaeologists, Native Americans of many heritages, civic leaders, elected officials,
and the general public.   Although he was highly collaborative, there were some
controversies in the story.
Mary will share those.
Chumash elder - Dennis Garcia will start our evening with a traditional
Chumash Sage Blessing outside on the lawn!
Chumash Chief -
Charlie Cooke
MARY AND CHARLIE