Through monthly lectures, the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society visits Orange County’s past. Â The next public lecture in Irvine, CA is September 9, 2010, and features Dr. John Collins, a retired teacher and counselor, who will lecture on the origins of Native American baskets, as well as discuss the materials, composition, and techniques used by many of the tribes local to the Southwest U.S.
Dr. Collins will also be showing and discussing a number of baskets from different tribes collected over the last 30 years, including Navajo, Mission-style, Akmel-O’Odham, Tehono, and more. Â Lecture-goers are also encouraged to bring any baskets they may have if they would like Dr. Collins to attempt to identify the basket.
Dr. Collins has also collected and studied pottery over the last 3 decades, and has curated major shows for several master Native American potters. Â He also served as a program director for the Native American Institute.
After a break from lectures in July and August, the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society is back to hosting noted archaeologists and anthropologists once a month in its ongoing lecture series. Â The public lectures are free; the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society is located in the Irvine Ranch Water District, at 15600 Sand Canyon Ave. The lectures are held on the second Thursday of the month, and begin at 7:30pm.