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American Indian Initiatives and Activities

Highlights: 2006–Present

2006

With family and friends, the Native American Advisory Group hosted a Native American foods dinner at Crow Canyon to raise funds for American Indian activities at the Center.

The Pueblo Farming Project, a multiyear collaboration between Crow Canyon and traditional Pueblo farmers, began.

2007

The American Indian activities department was created in recognition of the increasing importance of Crow Canyon’s collaborations with American Indians.

The Pueblo of Jemez Education Department, the Santa Clara Tewa Language Program, the Hopilavayi Project, and the Navajo Administrator Preparation Program held conferences at Crow Canyon and used the campus as a base for visiting local archaeological sites.

Cultural consultants from Hopi and the pueblos of Acoma and Santa Clara collaborated with Crow Canyon, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, the Anasazi Heritage Center, and the San Juan Mountains Association in the production of Visit with Respect, a film in which Pueblo Indians describe their strong sense of connection to archaeological sites and the importance of treating sites with respect. The following year (2008), the film was accepted into the American Anthropological Association Film Festival. View the video.

Former Board of Trustees and Native American Advisory Group member Peter Pino (Zia Pueblo) received a Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Honor Award.

2007–2008

In two unique cross-cultural programs, elementary school students from Isleta Pueblo and Vail Mountain School became pen pals before meeting in person at Crow Canyon.

2008

The Native American Advisory Group, with family and friends, hosted a Native American foods dinner at Crow Canyon to raise funds for scholarships.

American Indian K–12 teachers from Hopi and the pueblos of Acoma, Jemez, Santa Clara, and Tesuque participated in the first educator workshop associated with Crow Canyon’s American Indian Student Education Project.

Native American Advisory Group member Herman Agoyo (Ohkay Owingeh) received a Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Honor Award.

2009

American Indian K–12 teachers from Jemez Pueblo and Hopi participated in the second educator workshop associated with Crow Canyon’s American Indian Student Education Project.

Pueblo Indian educators, students, and staff associated with language preservation programs at Santa Clara and Tesuque pueblos visited Crow Canyon to sample hands-on student activities from the Crow Canyon curriculum and visit archaeological sites in the area.

The American Indian activities department was renamed the American Indian initiatives department.

Native American Advisory Group member Ernest M. Vallo, Sr. (Acoma Pueblo), received the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Distinguished Service Award.

Flute player and storyteller David Nighteagle, a frequent contributor to Crow Canyon student programs, received a Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Honor Award.

Joseph H. Suina (Cochiti Pueblo) was named to Crow Canyon's Board of Trustees.

2010

The video Visit with Respect, a collaborative project by Crow Canyon, the Anasazi Heritage Center, and the San Juan Mountains Association, won the Society for American Archaeology 7.5 Film Fest award. View the video.

Crow Canyon was awarded a grant from the State Historical Fund (a program of History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society) to support two ongoing Crow Canyon initiatives—the Pueblo Farming Project and the American Indian Student Education Project. Titled "A More Inclusive History," the grant provided funds for the production of an educational video documenting activities at the experimental gardens on campus, the development of new Crow Canyon lesson plans on corn, and the development of several lesson plans by educators at Cochiti Pueblo and Hopi for use in their own classrooms. Read more.

The Native American Advisory Group organized and prepared a traditional Pueblo dinner at Crow Canyon to honor retiring advisory group member Herman Agoyo (Ohkay Owingeh). Invited guests included Crow Canyon staff and board of trustees members, as well as family and friends. Read more.

Longtime Crow Canyon friend and associate Dr. Tessie Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) and Crow Canyon Board of Trustees and Native American Advisory Group member Dr. Joseph Suina (Cochiti Pueblo) were the principal American Indian scholars for the three-week teachers institute "Peoples of the Mesa Verde Region: Connecting the Past to the Present Through Humanities Research," funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition, the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office and Village of Walpi staff shared their knowledge with the teachers during a three-day field trip to the Hopi mesas during the institute. Read more.

Crow Canyon educator and Native American Advisory Group member Rebecca Hammond (Ute Mountain Ute) and former advisory group member Ernest M. Vallo, Sr. (Acoma Pueblo), were the American Indian scholars for the first of two sessions of the teachers workshop "Seeking the Center Place: The Mesa Verde Cultural landscape and Pueblo Indian Homeland," funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Educator Donald Dawahongnewa (Hopi) was the scholar for the second session. Read more.

Former Native American Advisory Group members and longtime Crow Canyon friends Jane and Eric Polingyouma (Hopi)) received the Crow Canyon Honor Award at Crow Canyon’s annual meeting. Read more.

 

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