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Cultural Explorations & Archaeology Programs Travel with archaeologists and American Indian scholars. Explore the global context of human history. Venture off the beaten path. Make your own discoveries. Visit with respect.

The mission of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is to advance and share knowledge of the human experience through archaeological research, education programs, and partnerships with American Indians.

Your participation in our programs helps support our mission.

Crow Canyon is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Crow Canyon Archaeological Center 23390 Road K Cortez, CO 81321 800.422.8975 Front cover photo: Fremont rock art near Vernal, Utah. KATE THOMPSON Copyright © 2016 by Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. All rights reserved. Crow Canyon’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


Hopi Rock Art The Pueblo World in A.D. 1200

MAY 21–26


Southwest Indian Art: The Next Generation

JUNE 10–14 JULY 9–15

Chaco Landscapes

The Feasting Place: Traditional Pueblo Foods

The Chumash World

AUGUST 16–23

Pueblo-Kiowa Connections The Chaco Phenomenon


Hiking the Bears Ears Mimbres Archaeology


The Maori World

Authentic Oaxaca


Archaeology Research Program

Archaeology Lab Program


CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS Change the way you see the world. Travel with Crow Canyon in the United States and abroad. Enjoy limited group sizes, behind-the-scenes tours, and privileged access to sites on public, tribal, and private land. We work with American Indian tribes, the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management to secure all necessary permits. Your Crow Canyon explorations coordinators look after every detail, so you’re free to absorb the powerful spirit of these ancient places.


Hopi Rock Art Explore Hopi history and culture through rock art— stories in stone that tell of clan symbolism, shamanic practices, origins, and migrations. Our journey takes us through the wide-open spaces of the Arizona desert, from the Little Colorado River to the Hopi mesas and the Grand Canyon. This program includes two nights at historic La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona.

May 7–13, 2017 $2,595 (member*) $2,720 (nonmember) *Minimum $100 level member

Scholar Lyle Balenquah, M.A. (Hopi)

Highlights • Venture off the beaten path to rarely visited rock art sites. • Visit contemporary Hopi villages. • Learn about how archaeologists study rock art sites and about the importance of rock art to Hopi people today.

Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon National Park

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Rock Art Ranch. Kate Thompson

The Pueblo World in A.D. 1200 For thousands of years, ancestral Pueblo people— hunter-gatherers and farmers—thrived in what is now southwestern Colorado and northwestern New Mexico. The ancient ruins that remain tell the story of the people whose descendants are the Pueblo Indians of today. Our signature travel seminar introduces you to the Pueblo world, including the iconic archaeological sites of Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Aztec Ruins.



May 21–26, 2017 $1,995 (member*) $2,120 (nonmember) *Minimum $100 level member

Scholar Donna Glowacki, Ph.D. Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame

• Enjoy easy to moderate hikes to spectacular archaeological sites. • Explore canyons and cliff dwellings as you learn about a pivotal time in Pueblo history.

Plan your trip!

• Tour Crow Canyon’s new excavation site, a large Chaco outlier—and find out what archaeologists are learning about Pueblo communities in the Mesa Verde region.

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A Chaco outlier on the outskirts of Cortez, Colorado

Hiking in southwestern Colorado’s canyon country


Chaco Landscapes Tour the great houses of Chaco Culture National Historical Park as well as Salmon Ruins, Aztec Ruins, and northern Chaco outliers in Colorado. See Crow Canyon’s new excavation site on private land near Mesa Verde. The perfect pre- or post-trip extension to our Archaeology Research Program!

1: June 1–4, 2017 2: June 18–21, 2017 3: August 31–September 3, 2017 $1,495 (member*) $1,620 (nonmember) *Minimum $100 level member

Highlights • Immerse yourself in Chaco archaeology with experts in the field. • Discover what makes Chaco culture unique, including its architecture and social structure. • Find out what Crow Canyon archaeologists are learning about Chaco outliers in southwestern Colorado.

Scholars 1: Stephen H. Lekson, Ph.D. Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Archaeology, University of Colorado Lyle Balenquah (Hopi) 2: Cathy Cameron, Ph.D. Professor of Anthropology, University of Colorado Patrick Cruz (Ohkay Owingeh) 3: Jonathan Till, M.A. Curator of Collections, Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum Anthony Lovato (Kewa)

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Chaco Canyon


Southwest Indian Art In this exclusive art seminar, we journey through the majestic landscapes of northern New Mexico and Arizona with members of one of the oldest trading post families in the Southwest. Our scholars transport us to the era of Lorenzo Hubbell, of Hubbell Trading Post fame. Along the way, we meet some of the next generation of American Indian artists—and traders!

June 3–9, 2017 $2,895 (member*) $3,020 (nonmember) *Minimum $100 level member

Scholars Joe and Cindy Tanner Tanner’s Indian Arts (Gallup, NM)

Highlights • Visit historic trading posts such as Burnham’s, Hubbell, Keams Canyon, and many more. • Meet artists and see them demonstrate their craft. • Learn about the cultural and economic role of traders in the Southwest since the mid-1800s, and explore the future of trading in the 21st century.

Hubbell Trading Post

Emerald Tanner

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The Tanners. Tanner’s Indian Arts, Gallup, NM


The Feasting Place Explore the methods, ingredients, and artistry of traditional Pueblo foods at the Feasting Place, an American Indian-owned business in northern New Mexico. Gather fresh ingredients, bake delicious bread and pies in horno (adobe) ovens, and prepare other good things. The foods you make will nourish the community, as together you take part in a feast day and dances at Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan) Pueblo.

June 10–14, 2017 $1,895 (member*) $2,020 (nonmember) *Minimum $100 level member

Scholars Norma Naranjo (Ohkay Owingeh)

Highlights • Learn about the spiritual significance of traditional food preparation for Pueblo people. • Meet Pueblo Indian artists. • Experience an insider’s view of Pueblo culture.

Norma Naranjo. Courtesy of the Feasting Place

Hutch Naranjo (Santa Clara)

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Traditional Pueblo foods. Sarah Payne


The Chumash World The central coast of California has been home to the Chumash people for at least 12,000 years. In ancient times, these hunter-gatherers used the rich resources of land and sea, from the rugged coastal mountains to the Channel Islands. Based in scenic Santa Barbara and on Santa Cruz Island, we explore the world of the Chumash through archaeoastronomy and through their colorful and enigmatic rock art.

Highlights • Explore the Chumash world, past and present. • Enjoy special access to Chumash rock art sites. • Stay overnight at the University of California field station on Santa Cruz Island.

July 9–15, 2017 $3,195 (member*) $3,320 (nonmember) *Minimum $100 level member

Scholars Bryan Penprase, Ph.D. Professor of Astronomy, Pomona College Jennifer E. Perry, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Anthropology, California State University Channel Islands

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Santa Cruz Island

Chumash Painted Cave. Bev Sykes / Wikimedia Commons

Pueblo-Kiowa Connections 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.

Highlights • 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.

Fremont rock art near Vernal, Utah. Kate Thompson


August 16–23, 2017 $2,995 (member*) $3,120 (nonmember) *Minimum $100 level member

Scholars Scott Ortman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder Porter Swentzell, M.A. (Santa Clara) Faculty member, Institute of American Indian Arts; Ph.D. candidate, Arizona State University

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Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park


The Chaco Phenomenon After more than a century of research, the “Chaco phenomenon” still provokes more questions than answers. We explore the defining characteristics of this culture—great houses such as Pueblo Bonito, small house sites, and roads—from Chaco Culture National Historical Park north to Aztec Ruins National Monument and into Colorado. Two nights are spent camping in Chaco Canyon.

Highlights • Investigate the mysteries of Chaco culture with a new generation of archaeologists. • Visit northern Chaco outliers, including Crow Canyon’s new excavation site on private land north of Mesa Verde. • Discuss current theories about Chaco’s influence on culture, religion, trade, and movements of communities.

Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon

September 24–30, 2017 $2,595 (member*) $2,720 (nonmember) *Minimum $100 level member

Scholars Erin Baxter, Ph.D. Guest scholars Linda Wheelbarger, Crow Canyon scholars, and others

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A Chaco outlier near Mesa Verde


Hiking the Bears Ears The proposed Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah includes places such as Comb Ridge, Cedar Mesa, and Elk Ridge. Enjoy backcountry adventure as we explore the diverse archaeology and landscapes of the Bears Ears. Hike to ancient villages in the Comb Ridge area and remote sites on Elk Ridge and Cedar Mesa.


October 5–11, 2017 $1,995 (member*) $2,120 (nonmember) *Minimum $100 level member

Scholars Ben Bellorado, M.A. Ph.D. candidate, University of Arizona

• Enjoy backcountry hikes to spectacular archaeological sites in Utah’s canyon country.

Jonathan Till, M.A. Curator of Collections, Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum

• See ancient artifacts up close on a behind-the-scenes curation tour.

Plan your trip!

• Learn from scholars whose research in the Bears Ears area has led to new understandings of ancestral Pueblo culture and communities.

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The Bears Ears buttes with summer wildflowers. Tim Peterson

Exploring Comb Ridge and Butler Wash. Kate Thompson


Mimbres Archaeology Delve into the mysterious Mimbres culture, which developed more than 900 years ago in what is now remote southwestern New Mexico. The Mimbres Classic period (A.D. 1000–1130) coincided with the “classic” period of other complex social systems in the Southwest, such as Pueblo and Hohokam. Classic Mimbres black-on-white pottery reached a pinnacle of expression unique in the region. Note: Mimbres pottery not depicted due to cultural concerns.

Highlights • Hike to cliff dwellings and rock art panels in the Mimbres and Gila Valleys. • Tour outstanding museum collections. • Savor the rustic luxury of Bear Mountain Lodge, our “base camp” at the edge of the Gila Wilderness.

October 23–29, 2017 $2,995 (member*) $3,120 (nonmember) *Minimum $100 level member

Scholars Patricia (Pat) Gilman, Ph.D. Professor Emerita, University of Oklahoma Paul Minnis, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus University of Oklahoma Guest scholar Marilyn Markel

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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

The Amerind Museum. Courtesy Amerind Museum


The Maori World Join us for a remarkable journey to Aotearoa, the North Island of New Zealand, where the indigenous Maori culture is a vital presence—much like Pueblo Indian culture in the American Southwest. With our Pueblo scholar (a frequent traveler to New Zealand) and our Maori scholar, we discuss heritage, custom, ritual, art, and governance.

Highlights • Immerse yourself in Maori culture during a stay at a marae (traditional community lodging).

February 22–March 3, 2017 $5,795 (member*) $5,995 (nonmember) *Minimum $100 level member

Scholars Vincent Malcolm-Buchanan, Ph.D. (Ngāti Pikiao / Ngāti Whare / Scandinavian) Ron Martinez Looking Elk (Isleta/ Taos)

• Enjoy stunning haka and dance performances.

Plan your trip!

• Discover New Zealand’s beautiful landscapes through active adventure: light hiking and biking, plus river and lake excursions.

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A Maori marae

Maori carving


Authentic Oaxaca Journey deep into the highlands of Oaxaca with David Yetman, Emmy Award–winning producer and host of the PBS television series In the Americas. This trip will take you off the beaten path to remote villages and indigenous communities, as well as to world-renowned archaeological sites and the bustling city of Oaxaca.

November 12–20, 2017 $4,195 (member*) $4,395 (nonmember) *Minimum $100 level member

Scholar Highlights • Explore the culture, history, arts, and cuisine of the diverse region of Oaxaca. • Tour iconic archaeological sites such as Monte Albán and Yagul. • Savor Oaxaca’s colonial architectural heritage and its bustling traditional markets.

Monte Albán

David Yetman, Ph.D. Research Social Scientist, Southwest Center, University of Arizona

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Tlacolula market. Alejandro Linares Garcia / Wikimedia Commons

ARCHAEOLOGY PROGRAMS At the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, members of the public play a hands-on role in archaeological research. Our Northern Chaco Outliers Project is a multiyear study focused on the Haynie site, an ancestral Pueblo village located on private land near Cortez. The site contains two Chaco–period (A.D. 1050–1140) great houses and numerous small houses. Excavation begins during the 2017 field season. Your work will help us understand Chaco influence in the Mesa Verde region, changing human/environment relationships during the A.D. 1130–1180 drought, and the emergence and functioning of community centers through time.


Archaeology Research Program Be among the first to excavate at the Haynie site! With two Chaco-period great houses (A.D. 1050–1140), this site is part of one of the densest concentrations of great houses north of Aztec Ruins National Monument. What will you discover?

Highlights • Learn excavation techniques—then dig alongside our archaeologists. • Help wash, identify, and analyze ancient artifacts in the lab. • Explore the cliff dwellings of nearby Mesa Verde National Park on a daylong guided tour (for participants new to Crow Canyon). Alumni spend more time in the field.

2017 Sessions: June 4–10; June 11–17; September 3–9; September 10–16; October 1–7 (Alumni Week) $1,595 (member*) $1,720 (nonmember) *Minimum $100 level member

Scholars Susan Ryan, Ph.D. Director of Archaeology Kari Schleher, Ph.D. Laboratory Manager And Crow Canyon archaeologists

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New excavation site!

Crow Canyon fieldwork


Archaeology Lab Program For every day an archaeologist spends in the field, at least four days are required in the lab. During a typical field season, thousands of artifacts and samples come into Crow Canyon’s lab. The story of the past begins to come together only when these items are processed and studied. In this program, you can help analyze artifacts from sites that date from the Basketmaker III through Pueblo III periods (A.D. 500–1280).

Highlights • Learn archaeological lab procedures—then wash and catalog artifacts from Crow Canyon’s excavations. • Analyze pottery and stone artifacts, assist with flotation sample processing, and/or prepare artifacts for permanent curation. • Learn what artifact analysis reveals about the lives of the ancestral Pueblo Indians of the Mesa Verde region.

October 1–7, 2017 $1,595 (member*) $1,720 (nonmember) *Minimum $100 level member

Scholars Kari Schleher, Ph.D. Laboratory Manager Jamie Merewether Collections Manager Michael Lorusso Laboratory Education Coordinator Kate Hughes, M.A. Archaeology Laboratory Assistant

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What will you discover?

Artifacts await processing in the lab

H OW TO R E G I S T E R Register online:

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


S PE CI A L OF F E R S “Bring a Friend” Discount Introduce family and friends to Crow Canyon and receive huge savings! For each new* person who accompanies you on a Crow Canyon program in 2017, you will receive an additional 10 percent off your tuition. For example, if you bring one new person, you will receive 10 percent off. If you bring five new people, you will receive 50 percent off. Bring ten new people and receive an amazing 100 percent discount (the maximum allowance).

Early Bird Discount Register now and save! Sign up for a 2017 trip on or before December 31, 2016, and receive $100 off your tuition. May be applied in addition to the “Bring a Friend” discount (not to exceed 100 percent of program fees) on Cultural Explorations trips; these discounts may not be combined on archaeology programs.

Military Veterans Discount Veterans receive $100 off their tuition. May not be combined with early bird and “Bring a Friend” discounts.

Archaeology Programs Discount Discounts are available for seniors and program alumni. *A new traveler is defined as anyone who has not previously participated in a Crow Canyon program. Maximum credit allowance is 100 percent of your member tuition (with ten new travelers) for a 2017 trip. You must be a current member (at the $100 level) to take advantage of the BRING A FRIEND discount. Program deposits are still required at the time of registration (and retained in the event of cancellation). Discounts are applied at the time of final payment. Discounts cannot be carried over to future program years. Discounts will not be awarded for cancelled reservations, transferred reservations, or cancelled programs. The BRING A FRIEND discount is not available for custom or invitational programs.

T E R M S A N D C ON D IT I ON S Tuition Tuition is per person and based on shared accommodations. Tuition includes scholar honoraria, accommodations, meals as specified in each itinerary, entry fees and permits, group gratuities, and group transportation as specified in each itinerary. International program prices are based on current tariffs and currency exchange rates and are subject to change. Crow Canyon reserves the right to levy a surcharge, if necessary, prior to the final payment date. Not included in tuition are transportation to and from point of origin, meals not specified in the itinerary, airport departure taxes, passport and visa fees, travel insurance, and items of a personal nature. A deposit is required to confirm your reservation and can be made by check or credit card (American Express, Discover Card, Diners Club, MasterCard, or VISA). Deposit amount, final payment date, cancellation date, and handling fees vary from program to program. Members who donate $100 or more receive the discounted tuition rate on all programs. For information on becoming a member, see, or call 800.422.8975, ext. 144.

Cancellation and Refund Policies All cancellation requests must be made in writing to Crow Canyon Enrollment Specialist, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321-9408, or e-mailed to Cancellations become effective on the date received. Handling fees for cancellation prior to final payment date vary from program to program, but a handling fee of $200 to $500 may be imposed. Cancellation after the final payment date of a program will result in forfeiture of all money paid. Failure to pay the final balance by the date due can result in your reservation being canceled. Crow Canyon reserves the right to withdraw, without penalty, any announced program (in which case, a full refund of the purchase price will be made) or to make necessary changes to a program or program schedule. Crow Canyon is not responsible, in the event of cancellation or alteration of a program, for any airline or other commercial transportation cancellation penalty incurred by purchasing a nonrefundable or restricted ticket. Please contact us about program status prior to making your travel arrangements. Crow Canyon reserves the right to cancel programs while in progress and to take action as needed on an individual or group basis, when in Crow Canyon’s sole opinion, the health, safety, or well-being of participants requires such action. Crow Canyon’s only obligation shall be to refund to any such person that portion of his or her payment allocable to unused services to the extent that we can recover from subcontractors. Refunds are not otherwise granted for unused services. No refund will be made if a participant leaves a program in progress. To secure reservations on a trip for which the final payment date has passed, full payment by credit card is required at the time of your reservation. Last-minute reservations are subject to space availability and may require the payment of late fees. A $50 fee may be charged for transferring from one program to another on a one-time basis. The transfer can be made to a program in the current or following year, but is not allowed within 90 days of the beginning of the program you are transferring to. Additional terms and conditions may apply to some programs; these will be provided with pre-trip mailings.

Group Size A minimum number of participants is required for each trip. If this minimum is not reached by the final payment date, you may be offered several options: pay a slightly higher program price, select another program, or receive a full refund. If Crow Canyon cancels a trip extension for which you are booked, and you elect to cancel your main trip, you are still subject to the cancellation penalties as described in this policy. Please contact us to check program status prior to making your travel arrangements.

Travel Insurance We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Crow Canyon does not sell travel insurance, but there are many providers that offer a variety of plans. Please visit or call 1.800.487.4722 to find out more and purchase a plan that meets your needs.

Off-Campus Program Accommodations Single accommodations may be available at an additional cost. We can assist you in finding a roommate; however, if we are unable to assign you a roommate, you will be charged the single supplement fee. Many trips include visits to remote or primitive areas, where physical conveniences are limited, and some lodgings are rustic.

Campus-Based Program Accommodations For all campus-based programs, we provide shared accommodations in comfortable, Navajo-style log cabins (hogans). Private rooms are not available and, depending on enrollment, couples might not be housed together. Shared, modern shower and toilet facilities are located in a separate building adjacent to the hogans. You will need to provide your own bedding and towels.

Health and Safety Your health and safety during a trip is our first concern. You must be in good physical and mental health; itineraries for each trip include details on location and difficulty of activities. If you have any doubt about your ability to participate in a Crow Canyon trip, please contact us before registering. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diet, or treatment must be reported at the time of registration. Crow Canyon reserves the right to decline acceptance of any participant based on health concerns or considerations.

Passports and Visas It is your responsibility to obtain and carry a passport if required. If a visa is required, we will send you the applicable information to secure one.

Protocol in Case of State Department Warning Crow Canyon shall be guided by the U.S. Department of State Consular Information Program in making a determination that a disturbance may substantially and/or adversely affect a program. If it is determined by Crow Canyon that travel to a country or region is not advisable, the program will be canceled and refunds of all recoverable expenditures will be issued.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center 2017 Catalog  

2017 Cultural Explorations & Archaeology Programs

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center 2017 Catalog  

2017 Cultural Explorations & Archaeology Programs