Thursday, February 18th at 4 p.m. MST
Originally attributed to Pueblo refugee potters living with Navajo families following de Vargas’ Reconquista of 1692, it is now accepted that Gobernador Polychrome pottery is a distinctly Navajo creation that predates the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. This pottery type supports a story of Navajo participation in an anti-colonial ideology that spread throughout the northern Southwest during the colonization of Northern New Mexico and is expressed through ceramic media ahead of the Pueblo Revolt.
Thursday, March 18th at 4 p.m. MDT
Explore how archaeologists can work together with Native peoples to influence the public understanding of contemporary economic/extractive projects, including those in northwest New Mexico.
Thursday, June 10th at 4 p.m. MDT
Currently, the BLM is working with non-Federal partner repositories across the region to curate the Cerberus Collection artifacts at museums nearest their origin to make them accessible to the local communities in areas from which they were removed. As part of this project, perishables specialist Laurie Webster worked with BLM archaeologist Diana Barg to identify and interpret 4,518 perishable artifacts.
Thursday, June 17th at 4 p.m. MDT
Livestream only, will not be posted on Youtube.
Dr. Erina Gruner shares recent research into the exchange of Chacoan religious objects within the pan-southwestern networks that exchanged exotic materials such as shell, parrots, and precious stone. She discusses how the migration of Chacoan religious specialists into allied peripheral centers during the late Chacoan period shifted the balance of power in the southwest, allowing the rise of rival polities: Aztec in the Middle San Juan region, and Wupatki Pueblo in the Flagstaff area.
Thursday, June 24th at 4 p.m. MDT
Mesa Verde’s exceptional dark skies are an integral piece of the park’s cultural landscape and a growing draw for visitors to the region. Join Park Ranger Spencer Burke to learn more about Mesa Verde’s years-long certification efforts, what it means to be a Dark Sky Park, and why we should all care about preserving dark skies over the Four Corners region.
Thursday, July 1st at 6 p.m. MDT
When people think of Colorado Indigenous Nations, the Ute, Pueblo, Arapaho, Navajo, and Apache usually come to mind. However, rarely does the public realize that the Pawnee have a deep relationship to the Rocky Mountain Front Range and Western plains that spans over hundreds, if not thousands, of years. This presentation will cover the recorded oral traditions which tie the Pawnee to Colorado and Wyoming, the archaeological evidence for the extent of Pawneeland in the West, and the Euro-American accounts of Pawnees west of their core homeland in Central Nebraska and Kansas.