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“The appropriate way to do anything is thoughtfully and gracefully—and with as much soul as you can pull around you.”

–Rina Swentzell

Lyle Balenquah

LoL_Balenquah_150Lyle Balenquah, Hopi, is a member of the Greasewood clan from the Village of Bacavi (Reed Springs) on Third Mesa. He has earned degrees (B.A. 1999, M.A. 2002) in Cultural Anthropology and Southwestern Archaeology from Northern Arizona University. For over 10 years he has worked throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah as an archaeologist documenting ancestral Hopi settlements and their lifeways. Currently he works as an independent consultant but his work experience includes time with the National Park Service, The Hopi Tribe, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. He also works as a part-time river guide on the San Juan River and other rivers in the Southwest, combining his professional knowledge and training with personal insights about his ancestral history to provide a unique forum of public education. As a farmer, rancher, hiker and hunter, he is an active participant in the natural and wild realms, where he strives to better understand himself and his relationship to these environments. As a member with Lore of the Land, he will focus on producing programs that highlight his experiences, and the experience of others who live, work and rejuvenate among the deserts, mountains and watersheds of the Southwest.