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Annual Report 2017

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center BOARD OF TRUSTEES W. Bruce Milne, Chair David Fraley, Vice Chair Barbara Schwietert, Secretary Elizabeth M. Alexander Bruce Allbright Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Richard G. Ballantine Albert G. Boyce, Jr. Quincalee Brown Frank Cicero, Jr. Deedee M. Decker Joan Goldstein Emily H. King Charles R. Larimore Ricky R. Lightfoot William D. Lipe Leslie M. Masson Dave Melanson Constance J. Moramarco Elizabeth M. Perry Pamela M. Powell Roberta Rubin Carole B. Segal Nancy M. Stevens Joseph H. Suina E. Paul Torres Peggy Zemach

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From the President and CEO, and Chair of the Board


was a year of transition, transformation, and emergence. This year represents a changing of the guard, as former President Deborah Gangloff retired in the latter half of the year after eight years of wonderful contributions to Crow Canyon, and we announced that Crow Canyon would soon have a new board chair as well. We wanted to join together to write this message for our 2017 Annual Report, because our work this year was truly a collaboration between the past and the future—with one of us serving as the purveyor of our legacy and the other as the explorer of possibility. As we worked our way through this year of change together, it made us smile to experience again and again how the past constantly influences the present and the future. New challenges always remind us of the old challenges; the decisions we make are informed by our lessons learned as well as our desire to use new tools to expand our impact in the world. The call and response of the past and the future echo in everything we do at Crow Canyon. We engage students, participants, and scholars in much the same way we have since the founding of our organization—by touching all of their senses with different ways of knowing and learning about the history of our common humanity. And, as you will read about in this report, we also constantly reach for the tools of the future to help us comprehend the past, in the form of cutting-edge technologies and research and teaching methodologies. We believe that the past—everyone’s past—is one of the greatest teachers of the present. At our present time in history, when we face so many complex challenges, we believe that learning

Liz Perry, President and CEO

W. Bruce Milne, Board Chair about the foundations of human culture, and indigenous history and culture, serves our future. That is why our work is relevant in today’s world and will continue to shape a more equitable and knowledgeable future for us all. Like all humans on an epic journey, we need guidance and partnership to reach our lofty goals for the future. We seek new perspectives that enlarge our understanding, and we look forward to being inspired, afraid, uncomfortable, heartened, and connected— the whole of human experience. We invite you to please join us on our journey, help us to build bridges between and among cultures, and bring your voices and experiences into the conversation about human history and our shared future. Liz Perry and Bruce Milne

Your support provides life-changing experiences for students

Rose Gatlin, here with her mom, attended High School Archaeology Camp in 2017. With your support, she is attending our High School Field School this summer.


his past year was very important for Rose Gatlin. With the help of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, she was able to realize her true passion. “Last summer, I participated in High School Archaeology Camp. To be honest, I don’t quite know how to put into words what the trip meant to me; it had an effect more profound on me than any other trip or place I have been. Being a part of an authentic archaeological dig reinforced that this is what I want to do with my life,” said Rose.

Rose’s story is not uncommon for Crow Canyon students. Our teen camps—Middle School

Summer teen campers dig at the Haynie site. Working alongside our archaeologists helps students understand and appreciate the importance of archaeology.

A profound experience at Crow Canyon High School Archaeology Camp helped fuel a big year for Rose Gatlin Archaeology Camp, High School Archaeology Camp, and High School Field School—are formative programs that encourage students to follow their dreams of becoming archaeologists.

These valuable experiences allow students to get a real insight into how the field of archaeology

As they brush away the dirt, uncover ancient artifacts, work with archaeologists in the field and the lab, learn from American Indian scholars, and explore national parks, students gain a deep understanding of the importance of archaeology.

Thanks to you and your support, Crow Canyon is able to offer these programs and scholarship opportunities that allow students like Rose to grow and thrive in the field of archaeology.

can affect the future by reflecting on the past.

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By utilizing current technologies, we are able to create very accurate records of archaeological sites. These new methods help us in every stage of the archaeological process.

— Grant Coffey Crow Canyon Archaeologist

Highlights from the field at the Haynie site

Continued Discovery & Understanding


he weather is getting warmer. The trenches are uncovered. The trowels are being taken out of storage once again. Crow Canyon’s archaeologists are looking forward to another year of excavation at the Haynie site. As we continue on this exciting adventure of discovery and understanding, let’s look back on the 2017 season.

Took aerial photographs of the Haynie site to create a high-resolution digital elevation model

Received $199,991 from the History Colorado–State Historical Fund to support archaeological research, American Indian involvement, and educational activities associated with the Northern Chaco Outliers Project

Identified subterranean architecture not visible from the ground surface using an electrical resistivity survey at the Haynie site

Created a 3-D model of the east great house at the Haynie site using digital photographs and photogrammetry software

Cataloged 2,800+ bags of artifacts and samples as part of the Northern Chaco Outliers Project

Welcomed more than 1,800 individuals, from fourth graders to adults in their 80s, who participated in our school and research programs during the 2017 season

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Analyzed 1,500+ chipped-stone pieces and 19,300+ pottery sherds

Aerial images collected of the Haynie site’s east great house provide tremendous reference for ongoing research. Your generous support made our drone technology possible. Page 3

Our College Field School program teaches real world skills to aspiring archaeologists while expanding their cultural awareness and respect for Native history.

Justin Lund, Crow Canyon’s 2017-2018 Native Scholar in Residence.

A passion for research and community Native scholar learns archaeology as he teaches about Native identity


ustin Lund’s passion is more potent than the strongest coffee from your favorite java shop. His enthusiasm for his work, research, and Native community are hard to miss. That gusto came with him when he arrived at Crow Canyon as our Native Scholar in Residence this past summer. During his time at Crow Canyon, Justin learned about the archaeological process, participated in our excavation program, worked alongside our archaeologists at the Haynie site, taught our

College Field School students about his work with Native identity, and much more. Most importantly, he got an in-depth look into how Crow Canyon archaeologists approach an excavation with a sensitive regard toward material culture and respect for Native history. “It occurred to me during my work with my Native communities that there was a significant disconnect about how archaeologists and Native tribes feel about archaeology. It quickly became clear to me while working at the Haynie site that Crow Canyon’s archaeologists are the ones who are doing it right,” said Lund.

As Crow Canyon’s Native scholar, Justin got to work with the College Field School and Archaeology Research Program. One of the most important aspects of these programs is showing what Crow Canyon’s vision for archaeology is all about. It’s not just about collecting artifacts and putting them in a database. It is truly about connecting people of today with the past by working on a site, like the Haynie site, that showcases the history of the area and the people. As a Native scholar, Justin got an in-depth look at how archaeologists can lead by example.

Thanks to your donations, Crow Canyon is able to offer these opportunities to people like Justin and help impact the way future generations experience and change archaeology. Page 4

Thank you


was a great year, thanks to Crow Canyon’s generous donors. More than $4 million was contributed to endowments, including transformational gifts that provide funding for two new endowment funds; the William D. Lipe Chair in Research, and the William D. Lipe Advances in Research Fund. Endowment gifts represent investments in Crow Canyon’s financial success and sustainability in perpetuity.

Donations to the annual fund are also critical to Crow Canyon’s success. They allow us meet our immediate needs in all areas of our mission and operations. The work we do at Crow Canyon provides a deeper understanding of human history, including the unique histories of American Indian cultures of the Southwest. This knowledge allows us to discover ways that the past can teach us about the challenges we face today. We depend on your support to sustain this important work. Thank you! Together we can touch the past and change the future. Page 5

Help us open a door that was once opened for you College Field School and High School Field School students benefit tremendously because of your generosity.

2017 Revenue & Expenses Sources of Revenue Grants


Contributions to Annual Fund


Operating Expenses


Support Services

Contributions to Endowment Investment Income Tuition & Fees


Other Income

TOTAL INCOME $10,323,210







10% 13% 77%

Plan now to open doors for future generations Share your passion by including Crow Canyon in your estate planning


hen you choose to make your planned gift to Crow Canyon, you will be opening the door for those who need it. Students can participate in programs, researchers can begin new projects, teachers can better prepare today’s youth, archaeologists can make new discoveries. These members, partners, and participants of Crow Canyon will thank you now and in the future because of your thoughtful gift.

Whether your gift is a simple bequest, a gift of life insurance or real estate, appreciated securities, a charitable gift annuity, or one of many other methods, the smallest effort of signing your name can give you the satisfaction of leaving a personal

legacy. Your gift will make an enormous difference in the future of Crow Canyon by sustaining and strengthening our mission areas. When you are here for us, we are here for you. Crow Canyon staff members are always available to help you with your gift. We’ll be happy to consult with you and your advisers about options, bequest language, tax benefits, and your goals for your gift.

Your incredible generosity will allow generations of students and lifetime learners to be impacted by Crow Canyon experiences. Open the door for those who need it. Give to the future today!

I’ve seen the tremendous contributions the organization has made to the field of Southwest U.S. archaeology as well as the understanding of Native Peoples. I’ve chosen to include Crow Canyon in my estate planning to help ensure this work can continue to allow future generations the opportunity to uncover the amazing secrets of the past.

For Information email or call 800-422-8975 ext. 174

— Pam Dowd

Member, Crow Canyon Board of Trustees







Inventory & Prepaid Expenses Investments Property & Equipment Net of Depreciation TOTAL ASSETS

$72,402 $25,406,803 $2,155,178 $29,184,079

Accounts Payable & Accrued Expenses

Net Assets $236,027



Unrestricted-Board Designated


Deposits & Deferred Revenue


Temporarily Restricted


Liability Under Annuities


Permanently Restricted


Cabins Loan








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Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Your support helps Zuni Tribe keep ceremonies alive


Revitalizing ancestral cultural centers

Marie Reyna Taos Pueblo, New Mexico


Gary Roybal San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico Ed Shije Zia Pueblo, New Mexico Joseph H. Suina Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico Chris Toya Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico Theresa Pasqual Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico Octavius Seowtewa Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico Stewart Koyiyumptewa Hopi Tribe, Arizona

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hen we think about traditions, many of us think of the sounds of laughter during game nights, or the sight of family members gathering around the table. When Liam Simplicio shows up to take part in his family traditions, his experiences are a little different. As he approaches the construction site, Liam hears the sounds of hammers hitting nails, feels the dust swirl around the equipment, and sees his fellow tribal members hard at work.

Liam is a 16-year-old member of the Zuni Tribe. His traditions come from a long line of ancestors and he, along with other members of his tribe, is working hard to keep traditions alive by participating in Crow Canyon’s American Indian Initiatives Zuni Kiva Renovation and Revitalization Project. This project is helping the Zuni Tribe reconstruct kivas to create a home for their ceremonies and traditions. “This project is very important in keeping our ceremonies alive,” said Liam. Liam’s work is an important part of the continuity of the Zuni culture. Kivas have been used for many years in Zuni’s history as a gathering place to practice traditional ceremonies, but many of these kivas have become nonfunctional. Without functioning kivas, these ceremonies are in jeopardy, which creates a threat to the future education, community, life, and culture of the tribe and its members.

Liam assists with Corn Kiva reconstruction. These projects engage the next generation in traditional understanding.

Liam Simplicio intends to do more than just restore buildings. He wants to bring back his culture. “I hope that restoring the kivas will bring back the ceremonies. Some of them, like the Kolo: wisi, Kana: kwe, and others are very complicated. Many haven’t happened in more than 35 years. That information was lost, but the construction of the kivas can help revive the ceremonies and bring back our culture,” said Liam. The Zuni Kiva Project is not just about restoring these kivas for this tribe. It is about protecting and revitalizing the cultural practices and traditional values that Liam will grow up with and pass on to future generations.

Influence of The Research Institute at Crow Canyon is expanding

he Crow Canyon Archaeological Center may be tucked away in the southwestern Colorado canyons, but the result of our research and the impact of our work are ever growing. From Cultural Explorations trips in Mexico to conference presentations in Washington, D.C., Crow Canyon’s voice is heard far and wide. One of the many reasons for the spread of Crow Canyon influence is our Research Institute.

settled into larger villages during certain time periods and to assess the impact of the villages on the larger region. More than 20 years in the making, this project expands Crow Canyon’s impact by creating an extensive database on these communities that includes detailed maps, pottery analyses, and more. The next step in our project and long-term partnership with the University of Notre Dame is to publish our findings on these important sites. Our collaborative research opens the door for others in the future.

The Research Institute at Crow Canyon was created four years ago to conduct new research in each of our mission areas, create research results that help address today’s problems, and connect Crow Canyon’s staff to researchers throughout the world. As part of these initiatives, the Institute recently completed field work for the Community

Thanks to you and your tremendous support of The Research Institute at Crow Canyon, we are able to conduct new research, produce groundbreaking results, develop an extensive database, and so much more—extending Crow Canyon’s impact throughout the world.

New research, more connections


Center Reassessment Project with Research Associate Donna Glowacki at the University of Notre Dame along with a few of her students. This collaborative project conducted research at the largest known sites in southwestern Colorado to help understand why ancestral Pueblo people

L to R: Archaeologists: Sean Field, Kelsey Reese, Mark Varien, Grant Coffey, and Donna Glowacki collect and review data. Mapping and pottery analysis at sites in the Mesa Verde region help to determine when villages were occupied and how many people lived there.

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Cultural Explorations build community and understanding

Fast friendship found in the field


imi Fogel, longtime Crow Canyon explorer, should know. She has been coming to the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center with her friend, Helen Morse, for two decades. This friendship that began in the field and continued across the country truly showcases the lifelong impact that our programs can have on participants. Their relationship with Crow Canyon, and with each other, began in 1998 when Mimi saw an ad in a magazine. “That sounded very exciting to me, and it was love at first sight,” said Mimi. Mimi and Helen met during the Archaeology Research Program and have worked together on many Crow Canyon excavation sites such as Shields Pueblo, Albert Porter Pueblo, Goodman Point Pueblo, and the Dillard site. Helen says her friendship with Mimi “deepened in the trenches, literally.” When their time in the field came to an end, it was an easy decision to join the Cultural Explorations team on their journeys. These friends have been traveling with Crow Canyon across the country ever since and have greatly appreciated what the programs have to offer. “I have enjoyed the proximity to excellent scholars, who are knowledgeable and fascinating. Dig. Travel. Learn. I’ve seen and done things with Crow Canyon that I never would have done on my own,” said Helen. “There isn’t anything I’d recommend more highly,” said

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Helen and Mimi, seated at a sandpainting demonstration during the Southwest Indian Art seminar in June

Crow Canyon’s travel seminars open the world by bringing people together Mimi. Reflecting on a statement by fellow Crow Canyon friend David Hurst Thomas, she reports that “What I’ve learned at Crow Canyon is that it’s not what you find, it’s what you find out.” Mimi and Helen found out, and shared with us, that these programs have a unique ability to bring people together. Crow Canyon is proud to be a part of their story and many others like it. Mimi and Helen will be together again this summer on another Cultural Explorations trip.

Experiences are always better when there’s someone to share them with.

— Helen Morse

Laying the financial foundation for exciting new projects

A transformational gift


oard of Trustees member Leslie Masson has traveled with the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center for many years, learning about and engaging with the extensive archaeological research the Center has conducted in the Southwest since 1983. Leslie and her husband, Colin Masson, are passionate about research in many fields of science, and Leslie has a long history of educational interest in archaeology. Leslie and Colin made their 2017 gift to support Crow Canyon’s research and to honor the life’s work of Dr. William (Bill) D. Lipe. Bill was a part of the advisory group that founded Crow Canyon, served as the Center’s Director of Research during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and currently serves on Crow Canyon’s Board of Trustees. Bill is one of America’s most influential archaeologists and an expert in ancestral Pueblo archaeology of the Four Corners area. “Bill’s remarkable influence on American archaeology

and Crow Canyon’s ability to carry forward his legacy in the form of cutting-edge, socially relevant research inspired our gift,” said Leslie. “It is our hope that this gift will enable current and future generations of scholars to change the way we view our world and find innovative ways to tackle contemporary challenges through archaeology in collaboration with other disciplines.” The Masson’s gift established two new initiatives: The William D. Lipe Advances in Research Program and the William D. Lipe Research Chair. With an initial gift of $2 million each, these endowment funds provide a tremendous boost for The Research Institute at Crow Canyon. The programs will provide Crow Canyon staff and research associates with the resources they need to conduct scientific inquiry and contribute new insights into our shared human history.

Crow Canyon’s staff and board are incredibly grateful to the Massons for their generous contribution to our mission and work.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center HONORARY BOARD Raymond Duncan* Trustee Emeritus C. Paul Johnson* Trustee Emeritus Stuart Struever Trustee Emeritus Gene Bradley Durango, Colorado Leslie Cohen Santa Fe, New Mexico Peggy Fossett* Carmel, California Robert Greenlee Lafayette, Colorado

Dr. William (Bill) D. Lipe

Two new initiatives have been established for The Research Institute at Crow Canyon We look forward to sharing in the name the discoveries that areof yetDr. to William D. Lipe unfold!

Joan Montezemolo Leland, Michigan Peter Pino San Ysidro, New Mexico Nancy Clark Reynolds Santa Fe, New Mexico Gordon P. Wilson Santa Fe, New Mexico *Deceased

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Cultural Explorations travel seminar is so much more than sightseeing. Travel with us to gain exclusive access to locations and insights from our scholars. The result is a deeper understanding of the places and the people who live there.

Visit for details.

2019 Cultural Explorations Seminars Domestic Seminars Bears Ears: Off the Map

Bears Ears National Monument

The Dynamic Woman: New Insights into the Pueblo World Four Corners area

Tiwa Culture: A Mosaic of Landscapes & Language

Albuquerque/Taos, New Mexico

(subject to change)

Southwest Indian Art: Women of Wonder

International Seminars

Coso of the Mojave: Rock Art & Desert Cultures

Fremont: Ute & Pueblo Perspectives & Pathways

Mojave Desert, California

Grand Junction, Colorado

Meridian Migrations: Destination Paquime

Hopi Jewelry Workshop

Grand Canyon Experience: Hidden Stories

Chaco’s Living Legacy: Timeless & Threatened

Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

Flagstaff, Arizona

Navajo Weaving Workshop

Canyon de Chelly, Arizona


Colorado River, Arizona

Chihuahua, Mexico

Vineyards & Villages of Southern France

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center 2017 Annual Report  

The 2017 Annual Report of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center highlights the research and life-changing experiences that we provide to stu...

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center 2017 Annual Report  

The 2017 Annual Report of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center highlights the research and life-changing experiences that we provide to stu...