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Teen camps, school groups, research program questions: Laura Brown at 970-564-4346 or [email protected]
Cultural Explorations questions: Tayler Hasbrouck at 800-422-8975 ext. 457, or [email protected]

Recent News

Ouray County Locals Deedee and Peter Decker Awarded Prestigious Dana Crawford Award

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Congratulations to Board of Trustees member Deedee Decker and her late husband Peter who were awarded Colorado's premier preservation award, the Dana Crawford award, by Colorado Preservation, Inc.

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President’s Update – May 2021

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We have so much to be grateful for this spring, and YOU are at the very top of our gratitude list. I am constantly moved by your contributions to our mission in the world, your participation in our webinars each week, the encouraging messages you send to our staff, and the donations you make that sustain us.

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Webinar Match Challenge

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It has been just over a year since Crow Canyon launched the Discover Archaeology webinar series to stay connected with our wide community of learners at a distance. Fifty webinars later, this series is a powerful new tool to advance our mission and broaden our reach.

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Spring Newsletter

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While 2020 was filled with unprecedented challenges, the staff and scholars at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center accomplished some amazing feats that furthered our mission.

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Mission Impact Moment

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Sometimes it’s the little things that signal positive social change. We focus our public education efforts at Crow Canyon on raising awareness and understanding of American Indian culture, historical time depth, and contemporary vibrancy. It is important to our Native advisors and partners that we emphasize that archaeological sites are not seen as “ruins” by descendant communities. These sites are still inhabited by the spirits of the ancestors, and they are important to maintaining Native cultural continuity in the present and future.

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Crow Canyon Events

The Utes – Colorado’s Forgotten People with Ernest House Jr.

Thursday, August 12th at 4 p.m. MDT

The Ute Tribes have a rich history of adaptation in a region that could otherwise be harsh. They have a timeless culture and relationship to what we call Colorado and today's Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Tribal communities. Join Ernest House, Jr., Senior Policy Director for the Keystone Policy Center and former executive director of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, as he draws connections between the past and contemporary life of Colorado’s oldest continuous residents. 

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The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society presents Being 'Sheepminded': An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Navajo Pastoralism and its Historical Trajectory with Wade Campbell

Thursday, August 19th at 4 p.m. MDT

This talk will provide a review of the Early Navajo Pastoral Landscape Project’s findings alongside a discussion of how this research can help to shed light on the dynamic history of Navajo pastoralism over the past four centuries.

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Four Corners Lecture Series presents Preserving and Exhibiting Jewelry from Mary Colter with Dr. Tara Travis

Thursday, August 26th at 4 p.m. MDT

Join us for a discussion of an ongoing project to conserve 317 pieces of southwestern native American silver jewelry donated by architect Mary Colter to the Mesa Verde museum collection. These items were continuously exhibited since they were donated to the park and were identified as needing conservation treatment and improved preventive care. This talk will discuss how the jewelry was exhibited in the park; the agents of corrosion that contributed to their current condition; and the conservation treatments employed to reduce the corrosion layers present on the object surfaces.

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K’uuyemugeh as a Center Place with Dr. Scott Ortman

Thursday, September 23rd at 4 p.m. MDT

Pueblo people today often refer to their home village as their center place, and this concept is also routinely applied to ancestral sites. In this talk, Dr. Ortman combines Tewa traditional knowledge and archaeological evidence to illustrate all of the ways in which the ancestral Pojoaque village of K’uuyemugeh was a center place for the people who lived there between the era of Tewa origins and the era of Spanish colonization.

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Projects & Partnerships

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