Crow Canyon

Teen camps, school groups, Research Programs questions: Laura Brown at 970-564-4346 or [email protected]
Cultural Explorations questions: Tayler Hasbrouck at 800-422-8975 ext. 457, or [email protected]

Recent News

A Moment of Gratitude – A Message from Crow Canyon’s President

A Message from Crow Canyon’s President

We would like to invite you to our future. But first, a moment of gratitude...

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News from Crow Canyon: Our New Laboratory Manager and Grant Funding

Ben Bellorado

Crow Canyon is pleased to announce Dr. Ben Bellorado as our new Laboratory Manager and new grant funding for research and education initiatives and our weekly webinar series!

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Dr. Sarah Oas Awarded Society for American Archaeology Dissertation Award.

Dr. Sarah Oas SAA Award 2

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Oas for her incredible achievement in earning the 2020 Society for American Archaeology Dissertation Award! This award was presented for her detail-driven study into the transformation of food storage, preparation, and consumption in the Cibola region of the Southwest.

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Crow Canyon Events

Four Corners Lecture Series presents Ute History with Rebecca Hammond

Thursday, September 24th at 4 p.m. MDT

The Ute people are the longest continuous inhabitants of Colorado and Utah. According to our history, handed down by our elders, Ute people have lived here since the beginning of time. This webinar is an overview of Ute History and Culture. It includes information on U.S. treaties and how they reduced Ute lands. Historic Ute photos, from Colorado and Utah museum archives, are incorporated into the presentation.

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Color in the Ancestral Pueblo Southwest with Marit Munson

Thursday, October 1st at 4 p.m. MDT

Color is an important part of peoples' lives; it carries meaning and makes things beautiful, and it communicates ideas and evokes emotions. So why do we tend to think of the past as if it were in black and white? In this talk, I question what we mean by color and how we can identify color choices in the past, delving into the surprisingly complicated history of color thinking and the technologies of paints and dyes. I then draw on museum collections and archaeological reports to show how Ancestral Pueblo people used color in all parts of their lives: to decorate pottery, to paint on cliff faces and the walls of rooms, to adorn fabric, and to create brilliant ornaments. This research shows that, regardless of medium, Ancestral Pueblo color choices varied widely through time and space; rather than following a linear trajectory from simple to complex, the use of color ebbed and flowed, with different individuals and communities using color—and relating to colorful materials—in deeply meaningful ways.

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