"There's thousands of years of history here...We need to learn about it to respect it," McCormick said.
H. Jill McCormick, the award-winning archaeologist for the Cocopah Indian Tribe, will be featured on KAWC’s new series, “Arizona Women.”
McCormick says “education” is the key message she wants listeners to get from her interview.
“Be willing to learn. There’s thousands of years of history here---Native American, Anglo, Spanish. We need to learn about it to respect it,” McCormick said.
The series, which kicked off on Aug. 4, profiles women leaders who have made a positive impact on the organizations and communities where they serve.
KAWC Morning Edition Host Stephanie Sanchez interviewed McCormick on Wednesday afternoon.
Sanchez says: “To young women who may be listening, they can be inspired by these women” featured in the public radio series.
In 2012, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s Archaeology Advisory Commission recognized McCormick for her work in public archaeology.
McCormick started work with the Cocopah Indian Tribe in 2006 as the Tribe’s Cultural Resources Manager and Archaeologist.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and a Masters Degree in Archaeology from Prescott College.
For the past 16 years she has worked as a regional coordinator for the Arizona Site Steward program in Yuma, which preserves and protects archaeological sites.
In addition, she is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Arizona Western College and a parent of seven children ranging from 7 to 25 years of age.
The KAWC interview with McCormick is slated to air at 12pm, Tuesday, Aug. 19.