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Desert Highway

Jay Lewis Craváth, PhD

6130 West Tucson Estates Parkway
Tucson, AZ. 85713

Jay Lewis Craváth, PhD

Goal: to teach others about Humanites and the Liberal Arts.



Scholar and Presenter, Arizona Humanities and Independent (1990-Current)

Current Presentations are listed at the Ballad of Arizona website.


Arizona International School, Chandler, Arizona (2011 – 2022)



Chemehuevi Indian Tribe (2013-2018)

Cultural Director


Colorado River Indian Tribes, Parker, Arizona (2002 – 2010) Assistant Director/Academic Counselor,
Education Department 


Poston Community Alliance, Inc, Parker, Arizona (2005 – 2009)

Executive Director 

Whiteriver School District (1979-1984)

Materials Development Specialist
White Mountain Apache Tribe




Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (May 2002)

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction—Cultural Education focus

  • Fellowship with Center for Indian Education

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

  • Managing Editor for Journal of American Indian Education

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (May 1990)            
Masters degree, Secondary Education--Humanities

  • Awarded Outstanding college instructor 

  • President Arizona Council for the Social Studies


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (expanded)                                                                                                                                         
Arizona International School, Chandler, Arizona (2011 – 2022)
Arizona International School uses a transdisciplinary curriculum to offer Arizona students in grades K-12 an exceptional learning experience. With individualized learning approaches covering core subject areas and beyond, it is based on decades of education research, such as International Baccalaureate.


  • Recruiter—counsels and assists parents and students in enrolling with online programs.

  • Curriculum and Instruction—Develop, review and revise content for instruction K – 12 as well as developing a new international baccalaureate model for college preparation.

  • Grant writing—assist with grants: writing and reviewing.



Chemehuevi Indian Tribe (2013-2018) 
The Chemehuevi Indian Tribe is a federally recognized tribal government located in California. They were first given a reservation by the Office of Indian Affairs in 1907 along the Colorado River. The Parker Dam Project in the 1930s inundated their reservation by creating Lake Havasu. Through persistence by tribal leaders, they were given a reservation in 1970 on the California side of the lake.


Cultural Director  

  • Oversaw Operation of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center—developed programs for tribal members and the public; gathered scholarly materials for the tribal archive; created exhibitions at the Center and tribal ferry in lake Havasu City; developed culturally relevant materials for tribal members and the public; developed programs for special events.



Colorado River Indian Tribes, Parker, Arizona (2002 – 2010)
The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) includes four distinct Tribes - the Mohave, Chemehuevi, Hopi and Navajo. There are currently about 3,500 active Tribal members. The Federal Government created the CRIT Reservation in 1865 for “Indians of the Colorado River and its tributaries,” originally for the Mohave and Chemehuevi, who had inhabited the area for centuries. People of the Hopi and Navajo Tribes were relocated to the reservation in later years. 


Assistant Director/Academic Counselor  
Education Department

  • Academic counselor—advised tribal postsecondary students and parents regarding college, university and vocational opportunities; developed workshops for academic success; assisted high school students with vocational and postsecondary opportunities.

  • Administered programs—staff and teacher training, supervised staff, conducted research on and implementation of best practice models for office management; enhanced the department’s visibility among local and state agencies; managed office and improved efficiency and overall communication with constituency groups, including Local Education Agencies (LEA), other tribal entities, state agencies, and institutions of secondary education; assisted with training of new hires and choosing of consultants for the department and tribe.

  • Liaison to Community—met with tribal leadership at the local and regional levels; established policies for communicating with other tribes and state agencies, such as Arizona Department of Education and various leaders on reservations throughout the state. 

  • Service—served on numerous tribal and regional boards: Child Protection Service; Educational Outreach; Battered Women’s Shelter; Environmental Protection Office; Poston Community Alliance; invited to speak annually to new teachers on regional Native American history and culture; served on Impact Aid committee to determine district/tribal consensus; provided recommendations on quality improvement for the local community college and First Things First initiative; collaborated with Arizona State University’s Center for Indian Education to promote social and economic self-sufficiency. 

  • Grant writing—planned, received and administered grants for Educational Department computer lab, Entrepreneur Initiative workshops with Northern Arizona University, and speakers in the LEA schools.

  • Research—assisted the local school districts in implementation of changes to curriculum based on best practice; investigated and cataloged resources on the historical record for the regional tribes and their interaction with Europeans; researched nested immersion projects (visitations to Cuts-wood and Salish schools) to replicate for CRIT.

  • Lead advocate for establishing a tribal school: visited multiple schools in the United States with language immersion and successful academic programs geared to Native Americans; wrote charter for tribal school; advocated for support of school with tribal and local leaders; partnered with existing state charter school to become a second site.

Poston Community Alliance, Inc, Parker, Arizona (2005 – 2009)
A non-profit organization actively working to preserve the physical artifacts as well as the stories and memories of life in the Poston internment camps and on the Colorado River Indian Reservation in Arizona during World War II. The Poston Community Alliance, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group.


Executive Director/Grant Writer          

  • Developed 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation for the purpose of preserving, stabilizing and developing a museum and interpretation center at the former site of the Poston Japanese Internment Camp.

  • Identified and recruited eight-member board of directors.

  • Provided leadership and direction in planning and developing strategic partnerships for future museum.

  • Managed and established policies and guidelines for Poston Community Alliance.

  • Organized and administered projects for stakeholders/volunteers. 

  • Clarified goals and provided technical supervision of fundraising.

  • Developed workshops to engender community and private support for funding opportunities.

  • Wrote grants and elicited donations with goal of designing and completing museum infrastructure.

  • Assisted with contracting EPA to clean hazardous materials from the Poston site. 

  • Wrote National Park Service grants (funded) to do oral histories of former internees.

  • Attended multiple meetings and reunions of Japanese Internees to increase awareness of and support for the project.

  • Organized/spearheaded successful world premiere of film about the Poston Experience (“Passing Poston”); aired on PBS in 2010.

Classroom Teaching—taught public school music and humanities: 1974-1998


   Cravath, J. (2017). “Songs for Ancient Days.” Wickenburg, AZ: CD Baby.

   Cravath, J. (2009). The Mohave Book for Little Ones. Parker, AZ: Enlightenment Publishing.
   Cravath, J. (2009). The Chemehuevi Book for Little Ones. Parker, AZ: Enlightenment Publishing.
   Cravath, J. & Ench, R. (2002). North American Indian Music. New York: Watts Library.

   Cravath, J. (Iretaba: Mohave Chief and American Diplomat. California Territorial History Journal. 23(4) 1018.
   Cravath, J. (2003) The humanities-based classroom: An oasis in a standardized desert. International Journal of Humanities and Peace. 19(1). 19-22.
   Cravath, J. & McGowan, T. (2000). How fishing in Costa Rica landed a voter education project in America. Social Education, 64(5), 297-299.

PRESENTATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES                                                                                                                 

Cravath, J. (2023) Romancing Arizona: songs of Love and Marriage. Paper presented at the Annual Arizona of the      
      Arizona History Convention. 
Cravath, J. (2018, April 20). Iretaba: Mohave Chief and American Diplomat.
      Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Arizona History Convention.
Cravath, J. (2011, April 29). Mapping the Lower Colorado: The Expedition of Lt. Joseph C. Ives.          
      Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Arizona History Convention.
Cravath, J. (2009, October 23). The Whipple Expedition: A “Lewis and Clark” Adventure in the 
     Southwest. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Arizona Council for the
     Social Studies.                                                                                     
Cravath, J. (2009, September 21). Japanese Internment in Poston, Arizona. Paper presented at the Yuma 
     Peace Expo Educational Conference.
Cravath, J. (2007, April 14). Cooperative Learning Centers: A template for humanities-based         
     instruction. Paper presented at the Regional Conference of the National Council for  Social Studies,  
     Rocky Mountain and Great Plains Regions.
Cravath, J. (2007, April 13).  Enduring Communities: World War II and the Japanese American         
     Experience in the West. Presented at the Regional Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies, 
     Rocky Mountain and Great Plains Regions. 
Cravath, J. (2006, October 28). Enduring Communities: A curriculum project on Japanese                                                             
     Americans in Arizona. Paper presented at the Arizona Council for the Social Studies Conference. 
Cravath, J. (2005, April 22). Life in a Japanese Internment Camp In the U.S.A: Classroom-ready 
     resources and practical teaching strategies, Paper presented at the National Council for the Social   
     Studies, Kansas City, Missouri. 
Cravath, J. (2004, April 15). Family transmission model for indigenous practices. Paper presented at the Exemplary 
      Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Cravath, J. (2003, April 25). No child left behind and cultural education: Research and strategies to combat 
     narrowing of the curriculum. Paper presented at the Exemplary Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Cravath, J. (2003, September 15). Cooperative learning units: A research-based response to “No Child Left Behind.” 
     Paper presented at the Southwest Region Johnson-O’Malley Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
Cravath, J. (2002, November 16). Music as narrative: Seeking translation. Paper presented at the Curriculum and 
     Pedagogy Conference, Austin, Texas.
Cravath, J., & Finley, S. (2001, October). Women’s Images in Media: Exploring Visual and Musical Approaches to 
     Critical Dialogue. Presented at the annual Conference on Curriculum and Pedagogy, Victoria, B.C.
McGowan, T., Cravath, J., & Hinde, L. (2000, November 27). Arts integration in a non-integrated world. Paper 
     presented at the National Council for Social Studies, San Antonio, Texas.
Barone, T., & Cravath, J. (2000, April 17). Who cares? (a play about passion in teaching with incidental music). 
     Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.



2018            Keynote, Arizona Humanities Awards Banquet
2015            Keynote, National Police 
2010            Outstanding Board Member, Arizona Council for the Social Studies
2006            Winning Composition, Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking
1999-2002   Bilingual Education Fellowship, Arizona State University   
1997            Outstanding Faculty Award, Rio Salado College
1994            Arizona Distinguished Scholar, Arizona Humanities Council
1994            Citizen of the Year, Arizona Cable Television Association
1989            NEH-Reader's Digest Teacher-Scholar Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities


Dan Shilling, PhD               
Scholar and former Director Arizona Humanities
2201 N Central AVE., APT 7E
Phoenix, AZ  85004


Frederick Ench, MA-Filmmaking 
MA-Fine Arts                                                               
2807 E Seneca St
Tucson, AZ  85716


Pamela Parker, MD
Physician and Writer
6136 West Tucson Estates Parkway


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