Making natural-fiber sandals, baskets, and ground-stone ornaments, cooking tamales and empanadas, and learning about life in the Mesa Verde region hundreds of years ago—these were just a few of the many activities attendees enjoyed during this year’s CultureFest at Crow Canyon.
On Thursday, October 20, Crow Canyon’s Board of Trustees met to conduct the annual business of the corporation, and the next day the celebration began as friends from across the country gathered at the Center to enjoy two days of discovery, friendship, and celebration.
On Friday, participants engaged in a variety of activities led by Crow Canyon educators and contemporary Pueblo Indians, members of descendant communities who work with Crow Canyon. On Friday evening after the “southwestern mini-feast," author Craig Childs entertained with archaeological tales from the Southwest.
On Saturday, groups took part in more activities, listened to engaging lectures, and toured Crow Canyon’s upcoming excavation site, the Haynie site, and one of our current sites, the Ridgeline site. An American Indian Artists Fair offered items from Four Corners artisans and the silent auction, a perennial favorite, featured treasures donated by Crow Canyon friends and generous trading posts throughout the area.
CultureFest wrapped up as everyone gathered for another outstanding meal and presentations of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, Honor Awards, and Special Service Award. Crow Canyon was pleased to present awards to Timothy Schultz, Karen Adams, George Greenbank, and Susan Ryan for their exemplary service to Crow Canyon and the archaeological profession (see below).
We thank all of you who attended this year’s event and those who donated to the silent auction. We hope to see you next year!
2016 Award Recipients
Distinguished Service Award
Tim has served as president of the Boettcher Foundation since 1996. Under his leadership, the Boettcher Foundation has provided significant financial support to Crow Canyon for capital improvements and programming. While at the Boettcher Foundation, Tim served as president of the Colorado Association of Funders, an organization that works toward shared goals that advance philanthropy and benefit Coloradoans. Tim served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs after being appointed in 1987. While in that position, he served as the first chairman of the Colorado Economic Development Commission. He started his career in public service as a Rio Blanco County commissioner before moving to Denver in 1982 to become Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture. He also served on the Colorado Wildlife Commission. In recognition of his personal interest in the work of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and his recognition of the unique role that Crow Canyon plays in the rural communities of Montezuma County, it is with great pleasure that we present Tim Schultz with this year’s Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Karen R. Adams
Each summer, longtime Crow Canyon research associate Karen Adams provides a rare opportunity for one or two Crow Canyon interns to get intensive training in the field of archaeobotany. Karen, who is cross-trained in both archaeology and plant biology, has 40 years of experience in the field, and she welcomes the opportunity to train the next generation of archaeobotanists. Karen has also worked on a synthesis of Crow Canyon’s archaeobotanical projects. Karen’s extensive publication list includes journal articles, book chapters, and contract literature reports. Her research has focused on individual plants, ancient human communities, geographical subregions, and the American Southwest. She obtained her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona. In appreciation of Karen’s contributions to Crow Canyon as a researcher, supporter, and friend, we are pleased to present this 2016 Honor Award to Dr. Karen R. Adams.
George is a lifelong resident of western Colorado. He attended high school in Delta and is a graduate of Mesa Junior College and the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received a B.A. in architecture in 1971. Telluride was the home of George’s grandmother, Hazel Longwill, and he helped create the community and resort that Telluride is today. George was a friend of former Crow Canyon Executive Director Sandy Thompson. Former President and CEO Ricky Lightfoot asked George to help with the reconstruction of the lodge patio deck, and afterward, George provided architectural design for many Crow Canyon projects, including the Pueblo Learning Center, Pithouse Learning Center, bath house, east patio, and the recently completed student cabins. Thanks to George, the Crow Canyon campus is more beautiful and welcoming to visitors, students, and scholars. All of us at Crow Canyon deeply appreciate the significant role he has played in the design of the Center’s environmentally sustainable campus.
Special Service Award
Dr. Susan Ryan
Susan has been conducting and supervising archaeological research at Crow Canyon for more than 18 years. Working first as assistant project director on the Shields Pueblo project in 1998, Susan’s analytical and project management skills were subsequently applied to the Albert Porter Pueblo and Goodman Point Community Testing projects. Susan was promoted to Crow Canyon project director and then research archaeologist before being appointed director of archaeology in 2013. She is currently the Stuart Struever Chair in Research and the instructor of the Center’s College Field School. Susan received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2013. She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters in edited volumes. Prior to joining Crow Canyon, Susan supervised research at the Henry Wertheim site and Jackrabbit Pueblo while studying at New Mexico State University. In appreciation of Dr. Susan C. Ryan’s contribution to advancing excellence in archaeological research at Crow Canyon, we are pleased to present her with the 2016 Special Service Award.