Civic groups in the desert area areinvited to use this column for announc-ing fairs, rodeos, conventions and otherevents which have more than local in-terest. Copy must reach the Desert Mag-azine by the 5th of the month preced-ing publication. There is no charge forthese announcements.
DEC. 29 to JAN. 2—Sun carnivalat El Paso, Texas.DEC. 31, JAN.
clubof California to spend weekendexploring Split Mountain can-yon in Vallecito mountains, in-cluding trip to Elephant trees.W. E. Andrews, leader.JAN.
Year dances in vari-ous New Mexico Indian pueblos.JAN. 2—Charles Wakefield Cad-man to assist in directing theopera SHANEWLS, to be givenby university glee clubs at Tuc-son.JAN. 6 — Installation of Indiangovernors in New Mexico pu-eblos.JAN. 14-15—Riverside chapter ofSierra club to visit Painted can-yon and Salton Sea mud geysers.JAN. 14-15—Annual state conven-tion of Arizona Lions clubs atPhoenix.JAN. 20-21-22 -- Annual buffalohunt in Houserock canyon, nor-thern Coconino county, Arizona.Permits to be issued for 14 buf-falo this year. Applications mustreach State Game Warden Will-iam H. Sawtelle by January 15.JAN. 21-22—Sierra club to campat Rattlesnake canyon near Twen-tynine Palms, California, and hiketo Fortynine Palms.JAN. 23—St. Ildephonsus Day tobe observed at San Ildefonso,New Mexico.JAN. 25-26 — National WoolGrowers Association, San Ange-
Texas.JAN. 29-30 — Rodeo at CasaGrande, Arizona.JAN. 29-30—Third Annual Rodeoat Palm Springs, California.JAN. 31-FEB.
CattleGrowers Association meets atSafford, Arizona.
Continuous through fall and winter:series of public art exhibits in Fine Artsbuilding, University of New Mexico,Albuquerque. Featured are paintings byrepresentative New Mexico artists.Ralph Douglass, director.
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Horned ToadPhoto by Claire and Ralph Proctor, Phoenix, Ariz.January Events on the Desert 1Prize winning pictures 2Sipapu—a Hopi folk taleBy HARRY C. JAMES 3Letter from War God SpringsBy EVERETT RUESS 5STARS OVER MOJAVE and other poems ... 6Bob Arnold—Friend of the NavajosBy MRS. WHITE MOUNTAIN SMITH .... 7"Feel" of the DesertPhoto by WM. M. PENNINGTON 9Desert Reptiles are His FriendsBy MARGUERITE NAEGLE and BERT FIREMAN 10Lost Ship of the DesertBy CHARLES C. NIEHUIS 13We Climbed the Falls on San JacintoBy RANDALL HENDERSON 15Riders of the DesertBy ANTHONY BURKE 18So You Want to Collect Gems!By JOHN W. HILTON 20Contributors to this edition 22Hard Rock Shorty of Death ValleyBy LON GARRISON 22News notes on recent developments 23Suggestions for desert architecture 24Here and There on the Desert 26Desert temperatures during November .... 27Announcement for amateur photographers ... 28Road information from Death Valley 29Prize announcement for January 31Compiled by TRACY M. SCOTT 32Reviewing publications of the Southwest ... 34Just Between You and Me, by the Editor ... 36Comment from Desert Magazine readers ... 37
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