The Research Institute at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is pleased to announce that Benjamin Bellorado has been selected as the recipient of the 2018-2019 Florence C. and Robert H. Lister Fellowship, which supports students working on their Ph.D. dissertation in Southwestern archaeology, anthropology, or ethnology.
Bellorado, a Ph.D. candidate in the Anthropology Department at the University of Arizona, has been a professional archaeologist in the Four Corners region for nearly 20 years, and has contributed to many of the largest research projects in the area. His research interests include ancestral Pueblo maize farming, dendrochronology, ancestral Pueblo architecture, and textile analysis.
A native of Jackson, Wyoming, Bellorado received his B.A. in anthropology from Fort Lewis College and M.A. in anthropology from Northern Arizona University, and is currently focusing his research on how individuals communicate their social identity to others. In particular, he is studying the way people use visual symbols to signal their affiliation with particular groups and their status within those groups, using the ancestral Pueblo region as a case study to consider the complex ways people used and transformed these visual symbols to communicate important messages about group boundaries and group inclusiveness, and how these aspects of social identity changed over time.
In May, Bellorado will join Hopi archaeologist Lyle Balenquah as a scholar on the Crow Canyon's Cultural Explorations seminar "Backcountry Archaeology: The Bears Ears," which will explore the diverse archaeology of the newly-designated Bears Ears National Monument, and give perspectives on the preservation of cultural resources from present-day native cultures. Click here for more information on how you can be a part of this incredible opportunity.
The Florence C. and Robert H. Lister Fellowship was established in recognition of the lifelong achievements of the late Florence and Robert Lister—noted archaeologists, dedicated educators, and friends and supporters of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. The purpose of the fellowship is to assist graduate students who show promise of making a significant contribution to the archaeological knowledge of American Indian cultures of the Southwest. Recipients of the Lister Fellowship are awarded a stipend of $10,000 to help support the final stages of their research and the writing of their dissertations.
The Lister Fellowship is awarded every other year. Bellorado is the 12th recipient of the award since it was established in 1993.
Previous Lister Fellowship Recipients:
Erin Baxter (2015)
Matthew Pailes (2013)
Alyson Thibodeau (2011)
Samuel Duwe (2009)
Scott G. Ortman (2007)
Diane Curewitz (2005)
Donna M. Glowacki (2003)
Wesley Bernardini (2001)
John Kantner (1997)
Ronald H. Towner (1995)
David R. Abbott (1993)