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Free Public Anthropology Lecture Features Cultural Anthropologist

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

Dr. Stacy Schaefer is a guest speaker at USU

Dr. Stacy Schaefer presents a free illustrated lecture on USU's Logan campus Friday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m., Old Main, Room 225.

Cultural anthropologist Stacy Schaefer is featured in a free lecture at Utah State University Friday, Nov. 1. The lecture is presented by USU’s Museum of Anthropology and begins at 6 p.m.

The title of Schaefer’s illustrated lecture is “Stories of Love, Hope, Faith and Charity in the Peyote Gardens of South Texas.”

Schaefer is a professor of anthropology and co-director of the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology at California State University Chico and specializes in Latin American studies, focusing on the Huichol Indians of Mexico. Her current research also includes ethnographic fieldwork among the indigenous peoples in Chile and in the borderlands of South Texas.

The presentation focuses on Mrs. Amada Cardenas, the first federally-licensed dealer to legally sell peyote, a sacramental vision-producing cactus, to members of the Native American Church.

Following more than 12 years of participatory fieldwork in South Texas and dozens of interviews with Native Americans, Mexican-Americans and Anglo-Americans, Schaefer explores the life of Cardenas who lived almost 101 years and the influence she had in the lives of many people who came to her house in the “peyote gardens” of South Texas. Known to various people as a grandmother, dealer, healer — even as a saint — stories about Cardenas are told by many voices, and Schaefer interprets these within the theoretical orientations that address religious revitalization movements, pilgrimage and rites of passage and pyschointegrator plants.

The lecture is part of the USU Museum of Anthropology’s lecture series and is held at USU in Old Main, Room 225. Light refreshments will be served.

The museum will host prominent anthropologists from around the nation for public lectures during the 2013-14 academic year. All lectures are free and open to the public. Funding for the Anthropology Lecture Series is provided in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The USU Museum of Anthropology is open to the public during the operating hours of Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The USU Museum of Anthropology is on the USU campus in the south turret of the historic Old Main building, Room 252.

For more information on Schaefer’s lecture, call museum staff at (435) 797-7545 or visit the museum website.

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Source: Museum of Anthropology

Contact: USU Museum of Anthropology, (435) 797-7545,

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