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American Indian Initiatives Mission
On their long journey to Tuuwanasavi, located on the Hopi Mesas, [the creator] told the ancestors of the Hopi to leave behind itaakuku (our footprints) as evidence they had fulfilled their spiritual responsibilities. These footprints today comprise the ruins, potsherds, petroglyphs, and other remains that many people now call archaeological sites.
T. J. Ferguson and Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh (2006)
Collaboration with American Indians on a wide variety of initiatives of mutual interest constitutes the third of Crow Canyon's mission areas, cross-cutting and augmenting the Center's research and education missions.
Working closely with the Native American Advisory Group and other American Indians, the Center seeks to broaden and enrich the perspectives gained through its archaeological research, incorporate indigenous voices in its education curriculum, and initiate research and education projects that are relevant to the concerns of American Indian communities today.
Our commitment to American Indian partnerships distinguishes the Center and helps guide our vision for the future.
Principles That Guide Our Work
Crow Canyon is currently collaborating with American Indians on a number of formal initiatives designed to further Crow Canyon's mission and address the needs of American Indian communities.
Pueblo Farming Project
Farming is a fundamental part of Pueblo identity—one that is integrated into every aspect of traditional Pueblo culture. Read more. . . .
American Indian Student Education Project
American Indian educators and community leaders have identified a pressing need for culturally relevant class content that addresses the needs of American Indian students. Read more. . . .
American Indian Scholarship Program
The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center offers scholarships to American Indian schools and individuals to attend its on-campus experiential education programs. Read more. . . .