Heritage Days will celebrate culture, nature

PORTAL, Ariz. — Most of the folks living in the small communities nestled in the Chiricahua and Peloncillo mountain ranges along the southern New Mexico-Arizona state line have come to expect compelling presentations on local culture and nature at the region’s annual “Heritage Days” events.

This year is no exception, with a keynote event on Friday evening, Sept. 6 at the Chiricahua Event Center in Rodeo, N.M. certain to attract the attention of anyone interested in the area’s rich Chiricahua Apache history, featuring the regional premier showing of Pascal Enjady’s full-length feature film documentary “The Two-Year Promise.” The film event is free to all.

The acclaimed film, with its amazing collection of 28 years worth of interviews with the last surviving members of the Chiricahua people and historic photos of tribal culture, also describes the trickery and deceit used by the U.S. government to lure the Apaches to distant internment and cultural disarray.

Heritage Days, now in its fifth year, is anticipated by many residents as one of the region’s few traditional, large-scale public gatherings. The rural landscapes surrounding the Chiricahua and Peloncillo mountains are renowned for the natural and cultural heritage, and this year’s presentations will continue to showcase the important co-dependence that wildlife, open space, cultural heritage, regional community history, and private lands all have in preserving overall community health.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the event features free expert presentations by scientists, ranchers, artisans, conservationists and historians, all focused around Aldo Leopold’s famous land ethic — that a community is not truly whole until it embraces all its “members,” including people, wildlife, land, air and water. Also included are a farmer’s market, crafts fair, workshops for kids, and an on-site buffet lunch ($8). On Sunday, Sept. 8, activities include field day hikes to rock art, archaeological sites and important biological sites in the Peloncillo and Chiricahua mountains guided by sponsors Friends of Cave Creek Canyon and Chiricahua Regional Council.

“The best thing about Heritage Days,” says event organizer Kim Vacariu, “is that it attracts a cross-section of people with different politics and ideologies — together celebrating the fact that we have a great chance to maintain this world-class region as a very healthy place for business, culture and nature.”

For more information, contact 520-558-0165 or visit http://www.portalrodeo.com/heritage-days.html.



Heritage Days Schedule

All events at Chiricahua Event Center, Rodeo, N.M.

Friday, Sept. 6: Keynote film presentation and reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7: Presentations, crafts fair, farmer’s market, kids workshop 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 8: Guided field day excursions in Chiricahua and Peloncillo mountains.

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