Mesa Verde National Park and Pueblo Indian History


Join the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center for an extraordinary one-week, virtual National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Workshop for (K-12) school teachers.
July 11-17 and July 18-24, 2021

The application deadline for the institute is March 14th, 2021.

Mesa Verde National Park and Pueblo Indian History is a one-week, virtual workshop for 36 K–12 educators focused on the following questions: 1) How do we come to know and appreciate the time depth, people, and activities that comprise the past and shaped our contemporary world? 2) Who creates America’s history and culture? 3) How do Pueblo people balance their cultural identity with ideals of assimilation? This virtual Workshop offers historic and multicultural perspectives on Mesa Verde National Park and the surrounding region—home to humans for over 13,000 years and containing some of the world’s greatest archaeological and cultural data.

Institute Highlights:

  • Virtual archaeological site tours and a virtual a behind-the-scenes curation tour
  • Learn about archaeological excavation and laboratory analyses and bring STEM lesson plans to your classroom
  • Learn how photogrammetry and 3D models can be applied in the classroom
  • Interact and learn from Native scholars and professional archaeologists

You will investigate this history through anthropology, archaeology, American Indian studies, ethnohistory, and oral history. The interpretations of this information from the perspectives of both Native scholars and scientists will be examined carefully to allow you to determine if and how the bodies of information are compatible, and how multi-vocal interpretations of history may influence the understanding of Pueblo identity and how it is presented in today’s classrooms.

Information about all 2021 NEH Summer Institutes and Workshops is available on the NEH website.

This program has been made possible in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.