Smithsonian Seminar Features Crow Canyon

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At the Smithsonian Ripley Center (left to right): Porter Swentzell, Shanna Diederichs, Jason Chuipka (Shanna's husband), Mark Varien, Ricky Lightfoot, and Scott Ortman. Photo courtesy of Michael DeMarco.

On June 1, Smithsonian and Crow Canyon archaeologists and a Santa Clara Pueblo tribal member presented a day-long seminar as part of the Smithsonian Associates lecture series.

The seminar explored how the beginning of domesticated food production ignited transformations in the human history of the American Southwest—and set the stage for the creation of the Pueblo Indian culture.

“Crow Canyon was thrilled to be invited back to the Smithsonian Associates lecture series this year,” said Crow Canyon President and CEO Deborah Gangloff. “The room was filled to capacity by a knowledgeable and engaged audience, some old friends of Crow Canyon, and many who became intrigued with our work during the day’s talks. We look forward to returning to the Smithsonian again and again!”

Crow Canyon Research and Education Chair Mark Varien, Supervisory Archaeologist Shanna Diederichs, and Lightfoot Fellow Scott Ortman; Santa Clara Pueblo tribal member Porter Swentzell; and Smithsonian Senior Scientist and Archaeobotanist Dolores R. Piperno were presenters. The seminar was held at the Ripley Center in Washington, D.C.

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