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Join the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center for an extraordinary three-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for (K-12) school teachers.
June 25–July 15, 2017

From Mesa Verde to Santa Fe: Pueblo Identity in the Southwest examines Pueblo Indian history from roughly 2000 B.C. to the present, the many ways to explore and interpret that history, and the relationship between history and Pueblo identity. At one time, the Pueblo homeland ranged from the mountains and high deserts of southwestern Colorado to northern New Mexico and Arizona. Today, many Pueblo Indians live in 19 discrete communities in northern New Mexico. All of these communities still live by their traditional core values and have successfully preserved or revitalized many aspects of their traditional culture and lifeways in spite of a long and turbulent history of environmental and social challenges. The institute will examine many important questions about Pueblo history, including:

  • How and why did Pueblo people leave their ancestral homeland at Mesa Verde?
  • What happened when Pueblo people arrived and settled in the northern Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico?
  • How did the arrival of the Spanish affect Pueblo options and responses to the challenges presented by their new homeland?
  • How did these early experiences contribute to the resilience of Pueblo culture today?

Institute scholars will spend several days each at Mesa Verde National Park and in historic Pueblo and Spanish colonial communities in northern New Mexico. You will piece together this little-known history with multiple types of information provided through archaeology, ethnohistory, and oral history. The interpretations of this information from the perspectives of both Pueblo scholars and Western scientists will be examined carefully to allow you to determine if and how the bodies of information are compatible, and how multiple interpretations of history may influence the understanding of Pueblo identity and how it is presented in today’s classrooms.

Information about all 2017 NEH Summer Institutes and Workshops is available on the NEH website.

This program has been made possible in part by a major grant 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.

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Contact Us

To apply, select How to Apply in the menu (above).

Application postmark deadline:
March 1, 2017

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on April 7, 2017.

  Call Crow Canyon's NEH assistant:
     800.422.8975, ext. 161
     M–F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mountain Time).

"I ... wish that every educator who teaches about Native Americans or archaeology could experience this amazing opportunity."
NEH 2015 Summer Scholar


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