Archaeology Southwest's last lecture of the season discussing the significance of turkeys in the ancient US Southwest happens soon, so set the date and enjoy learning all about turkey feather blankets:
Tuesday December 7, 2021, 6 to 7 p.m.: Free online, it's “Turkey Feather Blankets in Ancestral Pueblo History” Archaeology Café lecture by Bill Lipe and Mary Weahkee sponsored by Archaeology Southwest (ASW) of Tucson. For over 1,600 years, a distinctive Southwestern domestic turkey furnished feathers for ritual uses and for making warm blankets. The birds also became a significant food source after about 1200 CE. Bill Lipe (Professor Emeritus, Washington State University) will discuss archaeological evidence of the development of feather blankets and how they contributed to Ancestral Pueblo lives, and Mary Weahkee (New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies), the best known present-day replicator of turkey feather blankets, will discuss some techniques used in making them. More info and registration here.
Bonus: if you're a GCAS member and want to experience just how warm a turkey feather blanket is and how quickly it warms up, ask our GCAS educational coordinator and resident archaeologist, Marilyn Markel, to show you the sample of a section of turkey feather blanket she keeps with her other educational materials. You will be amazed!