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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

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

Perishable Artifacts in the Bureau of Land Management’s Cerberus Collection: Bringing New Meaning to Unprovenienced Archaeological Materials with Dr. Laurie Webster & Diana Barg

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.

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The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society presents Chacoan Successors: Religious Specialists, Exotic Exchange Networks, and the Rise of Aztec and Wupatki with Dr. Erina Gruner

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.

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4CLS presents Star Stories: Mesa Verde’s Dark Skies with Spencer Burke

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.

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Western Pawneeland: Oral Traditions, Archaeology, and Euro-American Accounts of Pawnees in the Front-Range with Carlton Gover

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.

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Projects & Partnerships

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