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Museum's Glidden Collection featured on The History Channel 'Lost Giants' looks . ,,. Glidden continued to disseminate work was his near total disre- at the controversial Catalina archeologist BY GAlL FORNASIERE The Catalina Island Museum has attracted national attention recently for a number of ground- breaking exhibitions', and just last month the History Channel sent a film crew to the museum to film its most recent installment of the award-winning series Search for the Lost Giants. The popular television program is hosted by the brothers Jim and Bill Vieira. The brothers travel throughout the country seeking evidence that giants once roamed the American landscape. Their search brought the broth- ers to the Catalina Island Museum, where they researched an archive of material related to the myste- rious amateur archaeologist and collector Ralph Glidden. Glidden excavated Catalina Island's interior for nearly half a century, and his work between 1920 and 1922 was prolific by any standard. He excavated at least 800 gravesites from 105 individual locations from around the Island. He accumulated unquestionably Video From page 6 friends. See a bison "boogie" down the new handicap accessible Amateur archeologist Ralph Glidden sought notoriety and respect, but his prejudice and self-promotion kept him from achieving either of his goals. Courtesy photo the largest collection ever assem- bled of human remains and arti- facts related to the native people of Catalina Island. A few Islanders remember the makeshift museum Glidden cob- bled together on a hillside over- looking Avalon's harbor, in which he exhibited his collection in what he called a "museum." The Vieira brothers were intrigued by Glidden's discover- ies, especially his excavation of skeletal remains of such size that they demonstrated the supposed existence of giants on the Island. In 1928, Glidden announced his most widely reported discov- ery: the excavation of a magnifi- cent soapstone urn, which is now in the collection of the Catalina Island Museum. Glidden, who was a shame- less promoter, reported that he found inside this "funerary" urn Amateur archeologist Ralph Glidden with the soapstone urn that he discovered while exca- vating Catalina Island. Courtesy photo the skeleton of a young girl--a princess, perhaps--clutching the vessel's rim. Encircling the urn were the skeletons of 64 children, and beneath it all were the remains of a giant man, killed apparently by the spear that remained lodged in his side. Newspapers around the country reported Glidden's account. But the entire story was a fic- tion. Glidden could never provide evidence of the elaborate and bizarre burial. Although he often took a large number of photographs document- ing his excavations, only one pho- tograph exists of the urn's dis- interment, and this provides no evidence substantiating his claim. During the ensuing 20 years, to the press exaggerated accounts of his discoveries. The Vieira brothers make a point of noting in their program that although Glidden uncovered hundreds of burial sites and thou- sands of artifacts, his approach to the organization of what he exca- vated can only be described as haphazard. His research followed no scientific method. But perhaps the most heinous and unforgiveable aspect of his gard for the sacredness of human remains. The fact that he treated skel- etal remains as something titil- lating, and felt justified in doing so because they were Native American--and not Caucasian or European--is as grotesque as it is inescapable. Unfortunately, his prejudic- es toward the American Indian reflect an attitude of the time. But Museum, Page 13 @ PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF AVALON PLANNING COMMISSION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE Avalon Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing to consider the following items at a regular meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the city of Avalon Council Chamber at 410 Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon, CA. Consideration of a Resolon recommending the adoption of the 2015 Growth Ordinance to the Avalon City Council. If you challenge the actions of the Planning Commission in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. By: Amanda Cook Director of Planning Published: Catalina Islander: Friday, December 5, 2014 Posted: City Hall: Friday, December 5, 2014 ramp, photos of the new refur- bished lobby and lots of top per- formances by administrative and medical staff set to the hit song, "Happy" by Pharell Williams. See a fun glimpse of CIMC's residents as they clap along to the catchy tune. Don't miss the incredible "breakout" dance moves of sev- eral hospital board members. Go to www.cimedicalcenter, to find the video and information about hospi- tal programs, new employees, and special events. The Nov. 15 eNews- letter and all of the newest infor- mation about Island healthcare are posted on the hospital's website under CIMC News. The Medical Center's eNewsletter is a brief but entertaining snapshot of hospital news that is emailed monthly. You can unsubscribe at any time and it is free. To be included on the hospital's eNewsletter mailing list please email jhibbs@cimedical- center.org. The CIMC website is another important resource for residents and visitors. It is updated weekly and contains dates and times for flu shots, Medical Group Office appointment information, and other important things to know. The rest of the CIMC website contains informational pages about staff, hospital history, and what to expect when you visit the hospital and fea- tures about community happenings and health related topics. Catalina Island Medical Center is the destination for excellence in patient centered care and health enrichment. CIMC is committed to provide quality health care to each individual and improve the overall health of our community. To inquire about medical services or to make an appointment please call CIMC's Medical Group Office at 310-510-0096. Catalina Island is facing extreme drought conditions. Stage 2 Mandatory Water Rationing is now in effect. La Fase 2 del Racionamiento Obligatorio del Agua ya esta en vigor. FOr water-saving tips and more information, isit saveourh2o.org. There is no water to waste. Use wisely. Low flow faucet aerators, shower heads and hose nozzles are available free of charge at our SCE Pebble Beach Generating Station for Catalina residents. Catalina Island estb sufriendo una sequia extrema. Para consejos sobre cbmo ahorrar agua y para mas informacion, visite saveourh2o.org. No tenemos agua para derrochar. 0sela prudentemente. En nuestra Central Generadora Pebble Beach, los residente., de Catalina recibirfin gratuitamente dispositivos para el control del caudal del agua como aireadores para grifos, regaderas de ba5o y boquillas para la manguera. An EDISON INTERNATIONAL® Company © 2014 Southern California Edison. All rights reserved. ................................................................................................ / ...... " ..:. :.r. : : ......?..  ........... • • ..:? ...... 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