Pueblo-Kiowa Connections

Fremont rock art

Photo: Kate Thompson

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Yellowstone National Park

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Obsidian Cliff, Yellowstone

US Geological Survey/Wikimedia Commons

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Grand Teton National Park

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Castle Gardens

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August 16–23, 2017

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One of the mysteries of ancient America is how the Kiowa people ended up on the Plains, when the Kiowa language is related to Pueblo languages of the Southwest. On this journey from Colorado into Utah and Wyoming, we visit rock art sites that reveal links between the Pueblo, Fremont, and Kiowa people. We also explore the archaeology of Yellowstone National Park—and we view the total solar eclipse on August 21.


  • Learn about new research that uses linguistic evidence to demonstrate Pueblo-Kiowa connections.
  • Visit sites that show similarities between Fremont and Plains styles of rock art.
  • Tour archaeological sites in Yellowstone, and learn about the human history of this geological wonderland.

About this Program

  1. Scholars
  2. Accommodations
  3. What to Expect
  4. Details

Scott OrtmanScott Ortman, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Crow Canyon research associate. He works on the initial formation of ancestral Pueblo society, its transformation into the Rio Grande pueblos, and the practical value of archaeological findings for society today.



Porter SwentzellPorter Swentzell, M.A., Ph.D. candidate (Santa Clara Pueblo) is a fluent Tewa speaker and scholar of Pueblo history and ethnography. He teaches in the Indigenous Liberal Studies program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

All nights are spent in comfortable hotels and motels. Shared accommodations based on double occupancy; single accommodations are available for an additional fee of $570.

If you have any doubt about your ability to participate in a Crow Canyon trip, please contact us before registering.

Additional information about transportation and activities on this program will be posted in September 2016.

Tuition is per person and based on shared accommodations. Tuition includes scholar honorarium, accommodations, meals listed, entry fees and permits, most gratuities, and transportation from arrival in Grand Junction, Colorado, on August 16, 2017, until departure from Bozeman, Montana, on August 23, 2017. Transportation to Grand Junction and from Bozeman is your responsibility.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing to Crow Canyon Sales and Enrollment Specialist, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321-9408, or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Cancellations become effective on the date received. The following penalty schedule applies: On or before June 15, 2017, $200 handling fee; after June 15, 2017, forfeiture of all payments.

Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policy

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center's programs and admission practices are open to applicants of any race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California CST 2059347-50

Tuition & Reservation

$2,995 (member*)
$3,120 (nonmember)
*Minimum $100 level (see Membership)

Deposit: $400
Balance due: June 15, 2017

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  800.422.8975, ext. 457
     M–F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mountain Time)


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