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Class in Session at Crow Canyon's College Field School

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School may be out for summer, but class is still very much in session at Crow Canyon as we welcome our newest group of future archaeologists and anthropologists to the 2019 College Field School to campus.

Attending an accredited field school is a typical requirement for graduation for college students majoring in archaeology or anthropology, and Crow Canyon's is considered one of the best in the nation. The Crow Canyon College Field School is a college-accredited and Register of Professional Archaeologists-certified five-week program designed to give future archaeologists and anthropologists a much better understanding of applied techniques utilized in the lab and field, as well as a greater sense of what they want to focus on in their careers and in graduate school.

A typical day for a student at Crow Canyon may include pedestrian and geophysical survey, mapping, excavation, GIS instruction, laboratory work, classroom learning, and service learning projects.

"We have created a field school that is unique compared to traditional field schools offered in university settings," says Susan Ryan, Ph.D., Director of Archaeology at Crow Canyon. "Students interact with various Native scholars, conduct a service learning project in collaboration with the Ute Mountain Ute tribe, receive exceptional mentorship and guidance from some of the top archaeologists in the field, and are encouraged to understand why archaeology and anthropology are relevant to societies across the world today."

In addition, three Native Scholars in Residence are participating in the 2019 College Field School program and staying on campus for one week each.  The Native Scholars program is designed to help facilitate a more holistic understanding of modern and past native cultures.

The 2019 Scholars in Residence are:

  • Jeston Morris (Diné)—Jeston is a doctoral student in the Applied Linguistics program at Arizona State University (ASU). His research focuses on linguistic landscapes and rock art. Jeston is an educator by training with a M.A. from ASU in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in American Indian Education. His B.A. is also from ASU in Elementary Education. Navajo is his first language and he looks forward to teaching our College Field School students and staff about traditional cultural values and beliefs.
  • Justin Lund (Diné)—Justin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma (OU). His research focuses on bioethics, indigenous genomics, archaeogenomics, and community-based methodologies. Justin’s M.A. is also from OU and focused on human microbiomes and mitochondrial DNA. His B.S. is from Arizona State University in Global Health. Justin served as a Native Scholar in Residence during the 2017 and 2018 College Field Schools and we are excited to bring him back to campus again this season.
  • Deloria Lomawaima (Hopi)—Dee is a former Crow Canyon High School Field School student, National Endowment for the Humanities scholar, and has taught countless students as a former Crow Canyon employee. Dee has a M.A. in Educational Studies from the University of Phoenix and served as a Learning Specialist at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Dee served as a Native Scholar in Residence during the 2017 College Field School and contributed greatly to our understanding of Hopi culture and kinship systems.

“The Native Scholar in Residence program aligns with Crow Canyon’s mission by highlighting the cultural perspectives and personal worldviews of scholars,” says Ryan. “The goal of the program is to broaden knowledge about the human experience in the past and present by conveying a multi-vocal approach to archaeological education. Scholars provide cultural knowledge, viewpoints, and insights to supplement the curricula provided to CFS participants from across the nation.”

For more information on the College Field School program, click here or call (800) 422-8975, ext. 451.

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