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Crow Canyon Impacts By the Numbers 15,330 11,000 1,605 1,238 763 192 122 82 75 59 25 20 10 10 10 9 8

Pottery sherds analyzed Chipped stone artifacts analyzed Students educated in campus programs Students in BLM, Anasazi Heritage Center, and Southern Ute enrichment programs Generous donors! Adult travelers on Cultural Explorations Adult research programs and Earthwatch participants Teachers attending our National Endowment for the Humanities workshops Day Tour participants Teen campers School scholarships (representing 570 students) College Field School students Teen camp scholarships Interns Foundation and government grants Native American Advisory Group members Corporate partners


W. Bruce Milne, Chair Barbara Schwietert, Vice Chair Elizabeth M. Alexander, Secretary Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Richard G. Ballantine Albert G. Boyce, Jr.

Quincalee Brown Frank Cicero, Jr. Deedee M. Decker David Fraley Joan Goldstein Emily H. King Charles R. Larimore

Ricky R. Lightfoot William D. Lipe Leslie M. Masson Constance J. Moramarco Elizabeth M. Perry Pamela M. Powell Roberta Rubin

Carole Segal Nancy M. Stevens Joseph H. Suina Peggy Zemach

W. Bruce Milne, Board Chair

Letter from the Chair of the Board Crow Canyon enjoyed an excellent year in 2016, ending with many accomplishments and a balanced budget in the black. We thank you for being a part of our success! Crow Canyon is unique. We conduct top-notch archaeological research and programs that engage people of all ages into history, American Indian culture, and science. Our programs provide a new perspective to our lives and show us how we are all part of the human family. But Crow Canyon isn’t just about the past–we believe that archaeology is also about the present and the future. Archaeology connects people with their history and heritage; provides a deep historical perspective on our world and society, and it fosters an appreciation of cultural diversity. Archaeology helps us better understand our shared human history. With your help we awaken curiosity, inspire wonder, honor culture, and open minds. Together we can touch the past and change the future!

Deborah J. Gangloff, President and CEO

Letter from the President and CEO The last several years at Crow Canyon have been transformative. Financially, our balance sheet is the best it’s ever been. Our overall budget revenue is up 47 percent since 2011. Our endowment has increased 40 percent to $20 million. Enrollments remain steady. With your help, our budget, and more importantly our impact, will continue to grow as we change the lives of many more people, young and old, by helping them see the entirety of human heritage. Our archaeological work has expanded from the Goodman Point Archaeological Project through the Basketmaker Communities Project to the current Northern Chaco Outliers Project. Each project examined a different timeline for the ancestral Pueblo people, and shed new light on the way they lived. Our revitalized American Indian Initiatives department is focusing on partnerships with tribal groups to meet their needs as well as ours. Our education staff expands our curricula for more students each year.

which has achieved significant financial milestones. We created The Research Institute and a scholar house for visiting researchers. We built six new guest cabins and launched new programs like the College Field School. We formed lasting partnerships with organizations and businesses. We now offer educational assistance for employees to pursue higher degrees. We were featured on PBS’s Time Team America, which gave us amazing visibility across the country. Our scholars have lectured at the Field Museum in Chicago, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Our campus infrastructure has been upgraded with new computers and networks, a Wi-Fi tower, and a 21st-century phone system. Most importantly, we upgraded both our donor and research databases. Our new marketing and sales department reaches many more people who can find out about themselves and the world through archaeology. Our advocacy work is nationally recognized for its protection of cultural resources and the addition of Native American voices to the defense of our public lands. There is still more to do. We seek support to improve employee compensation and professional development. We need to develop new curricula, train new educators, and expand our facilities. And we need to renovate and furnish the upstairs of our Lodge from no-longer-needed dorms to muchneeded offices. Our aging fleet of program vehicles, including our iconic school bus, needs replacement. Thank you for your support that allows us to bring Crow Canyon's unique opportunities to lifelong learners of all ages.

We launched a comprehensive campaign to support program and campus improvements 2

Sharing discoveries with you, our supporters and participants, makes Crow Canyon research special.

Basketmaker Communities Project Gives Context to the Lives of Ancestral Pueblo People Dig reveals clues about how people grow and adapt in a changing world.

“ You are the reason Caitlin loves her work; it provides the

opportunity to discover these insights into the past together.


s Caitlin Sommer, a supervisory archaeologist with Crow Canyon, begins to tell about the Basketmaker Communities Project, she talks about A.D. 600 to A.D. 750, how the location and relationship of structures change, how they start to see evidence of the Neolithic demographic transition that would populate this region. Then Caitlin turns research findings into a story about people. Her excitement grows as she talks about the challenges people encountered. They learned how to grow beans, so they needed to figure out how to cook them, so they had to create pottery. Caitlin talks of how people migrated here, and wonders if they already knew someone. There is evidence of cooperation amongst strangers, sharing of spaces, close physical proximity, and creation of social rules and processes. Each story becomes an interconnected tale of survival and change—of people. Then she shares another story: working alongside you, the participants and supporters who come


Caitlin Sommer explains an artifact to students visiting the Basketmaker Communities Project.

to Crow Canyon programs, is the reason she loves her work, it provides the opportunity to discover these insights into the past together. For Caitlin, Crow Canyon is special because she gets to share this experience with school kids who wouldn’t otherwise get to touch, and learn from, the past. She reconnects with adults who come year after year to see the progress. Teaching, public outreach, and collaboration with native communities is an important aspect of her work here at Crow Canyon. This is only possible with your support. The fieldwork at the Basketmaker Communities Project has ended but the analysis continues. There are opportunities to be part of the discovery through Crow Canyon’s Lab Program. And through the Archaeology Research Program you can be among the first to dig at the Haynie site, as part of the Northern Chaco Outliers Project. Visit to learn more.

Crow Canyon‘s archaeologists bring the past to life for participants. Your support creates a positive impact.

You make it possible for children from the Cortez area, and across the country, to have exceptional learning experiences.

Outdoor Museum on the Ground gives local children a deeper appreciation for the rich history of the Mesa Verde region. Crow Canyon educational program supports local schools’ curriculum goals.

“ Many children aren’t aware of the cultural

treasures that are all around them, and this gives them new appreciation.


s the fourth grade students step off their school bus at Lowry Pueblo, near Cortez, they are greeted by educators from the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and the Anasazi Heritage Center (AHC). They’re ready to attend the Outdoor Museum on the Ground; a day of hands-on learning about the history, science, and cultures of the Mesa Verde area past and present. We collaborate closely with the AHC to offer this powerful learning experience. Your support of Crow Canyon, along with our partners, makes it possible to provide this program free to local schools.


“It helps kids make a connection to their landscape,” says Crow Canyon educator Cara McCain. “Many children aren’t aware of the cultural treasures that are all around them, and this gives them new appreciation.” The fourth graders spread out across five stations. Dan Simplicio gives an introduction and tour of Lowry Pueblo. Paul Ermigiotti teaches about wildlife. Becky Hammond shares Ute history and culture. Tyson Hughes operates the atlatl station and Cara covers biology and plant life. Through thoughtful planning, Crow Canyon’s

Raymond T. Duncan * Trustee Emeritus C. Paul Johnson * Trustee Emeritus   * Deceased

A student practices throwing with an atlatl while visiting Lowry Pueblo. We team with BLM’s Anasazi Heritage Center and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and History Colorado to offer this program to local fourth grade students. Partnerships like these make your support have greater impact.

Gene M. Bradley Durango, Colorado Leslie F. Cohen Santa Fe, New Mexico

Peggy V. Fossett Carmel, California Robert D. Greenlee Lafayette, Colorado  

educators incorporate the local schools’ curriculum standards. Teachers and parents alike appreciate the historical and cultural context that their children gain. By supporting us, you help them become future advocates for their community: “We’re passing on the stewardship torch,” Cara says, “so they will protect these places into the future.” Outdoor Museum on the Ground takes place in September, and is one example of the important community outreach that you make possible.

Joan K. Montezemolo Leland, Michigan Peter M. Pino San Ysidro, New Mexico

Nancy Clark Reynolds Santa Fe, New Mexico Gordon P. Wilson Santa Fe, New Mexico

With your help, Crow Canyon enters new era of collaboration with Zuni.

Zuni Kivas in Critical Condition Rebuilding kivas strengthens Zuni cultural identity.

can we help you?” A question the Zuni “How Tribal leaders hadn’t heard before. While it is common for archaeologists to ask help CROW CANYON of American Indians to give larger meaning and context to archaeological research, it’s ARCHAEOLOGICAL not always reciprocal. When Crow Canyon’s CENTER BOARD American Indian Initiatives team of Shirley OF TRUSTEES Powell, Sharon Milholland, and Dan Simplicio posedMay the2017 question, a new era of collaboration and cultural respect began between Zuni and Crow Canyon. It’s because of your passion and support that these programs are possible.

The result is the Zuni Kiva Project—a multiyear project that will help rebuild deteriorating kivas in Zuni’s Middle Village. The renovations represent more than new buildings; kivas are crucial to Zuni cultural and religious education. The project also starts to build trust between Crow Canyon and the Zuni Tribe. That intentional, thoughtful process will see construction on the first kiva during the summer of 2017. Through these efforts, you help the Zuni people pursue the goal of rebuilding a strong cultural identity: by teaching traditional core values, speaking the language, and strengthening community cohesion. The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s staff will continue to seek new ways to build relevance, relationships, and reciprocity through programs with American Indian communities.


Dan Simplicio discusses the Zuni Kiva project with Bruce Allbright (hidden), Bob King, Crow Canyon board member Emmy King, and staff members Kim Karn and Shirley Powell. With your support projects like this are possible.


Ed Shije Zia Pueblo, New Mexico

Theresa Pasqual Acoma, New Mexico

Marie Reyna Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

Joseph H. Suina Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico

Octavius Seowtewa Zuni Tribe, New Mexico

Gary Roybal San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico

Chris Toya Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico

Stewart Koyiyumptewa Hopi Tribe, Arizona

2016 Revenue and Expenses ASSETS Cash Contributions receivable Inventory and prepaid expenses

2016 $955,246 886,760





Property and equipment net of depreciation



Sources of Support and Revenue


23% Contributions and Grants


Tuitions and Fees Investment Income


Other Income

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Accounts payable and accrued expenses Deposits and deferred revenue Liability under annuities Cabins loan TOTAL LIABILITIES

2016 $158,479 159,283 32,666 354,582 $705,010


TOTAL INCOME $4,996,972

Operating Expenses IN PERCENT, FY 2016



Programs Support Services Fund-Raising



Unrestricted-board designated


Temporarily restricted


Permanently restricted TOTAL NET ASSETS


TOTAL EXPENSE $4,713,296


16,898,248 $22,795,059

Total Change in Net Assets $283,676



Your support helps Crow Canyon make the past accessible and relevant.

Cultural Explorations Gives Perspective and Brings Southwest History to Life Michael DeMarco shares the power of a Cultural Explorations travel seminar.


or seekers like me, Crow Canyon’s Cultural Explorations provide the path to explore. I visited well-known sites like Chaco Canyon, Aztec Ruins, Canyon de Chelly, and Mesa Verde, and the less well-known ones: Castle Rock, the towers of Hovenweep, the mountaintop site of Chimney Rock, a Chaco outlier named Lowry Pueblo, and more remote backcountry places. In travels with Crow Canyon, I met people who share an interest in the area and its history. They came to photograph, to see petroglyphs, to have an adventure-vacation. Crow Canyon guides include archaeologists, anthropologists, botanists, and Native American scholars who put the past in perspective. The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center brings history to life, linking people who live today to those who came before. — Michael DeMarco, Poet, Legacy Society Donor When you travel on a Cultural Explorations seminar, you support Crow Canyon’s mission while gaining unique access to ancestral sites. You meet people with similar interests, enjoy small group travel, and become part of the Crow Canyon community. Your support contributes to our ability to make the human past accessible and relevant through exceptional educational programming. Thank you.


You provide valuable opportunities for Crow Canyon staff and students to learn about corn’s impact on civilization.

Pueblo Farming Project Yields Far More Than a Crop Hopi Indians provide traditional farming knowledge to help Crow Canyon researchers better understand its significance.


ttitude has so much to do with growing this corn,” Crow Canyon educator Paul Ermigiotti reflects, as he talks about the Pueblo Farming Project. “It requires a holistic view; the health of the land, the success of the corn, how this year’s crop affects next year’s.” Paul is immersed in the Pueblo Farming Project (PFP)—preparing the fields, working with Hopi Indian farmers during planting and harvesting, measuring progress and yields, and sharing it with visiting students. You make it possible. The PFP is a multiyear study conducted by The Research Institute at Crow Canyon in conjunction with the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office and Hopi Tribe members. With your support, and grants, including Colorado State Historic Fund, the Research Institute investigates traditional Pueblo farming techniques and assesses how they could help us understand ancient farming in the Mesa Verde region. The Hopi people see the PFP as a way to connect to their past and maintain lifeways and language. The outcomes are the knowledge gained, a stronger Hopi-Crow Canyon connection, and the educational opportunities for visiting students. “Kids are surprised to learn that corn doesn’t exist without people, and how prevalent it is in our diet,” Paul says. “They learn how food preparation happens, and better understand how much food it takes to feed a family, or an entire community.” For Paul, the project is satisfying in many ways: working outdoors, contributing to the research as well as the educational component at Crow Canyon, and the friendships he’s developed with his Hopi counterparts assisting with the project. For the Research Institute, the PFP provides insights that expand our understanding of the role of agriculture in the Mesa Verde region, and how we may apply that knowledge going forward. Your support of these projects is crucial to their success.

Hopi Indian farmers plant corn in a PFP garden in the traditional method. Hopi tribal members examine the season's harvest with Paul Ermigiotti. Your support makes projects like this possible.

Your support puts Crow Canyon in an excellent position for the future.

Comprehensive Campaign is Well on its Way to Goals! More is Possible The quiet phase of the campaign was successful, your support is crucial to complete the vision.

Touch the Past, Change the Future.


he Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is successful because of your belief in, and commitment to, the value of multidisciplinary research, experiential education and partnerships with American Indians. To expand and improve our reach, capacity, and impact we have embarked on a comprehensive campaign, which began quietly in 2014. By the end of 2016, we had achieved about 63% of our goal. This allows us to turn to the public phase of the campaign for 2017–18. The campaign will strengthen Crow Canyon’s capacity and enrich participant experience across our mission areas. It supports capital needs, The Research Institute at Crow Canyon, American Indian Initiatives, Education, and more. “I’m humbled by the loyal support of our donors,” said Director of Development Kim Karn. “Because of you we are able to provide excellent education, foster deeper relationships, and conduct industry-leading research.” Education is poised to expand capacity and reach through improved learning spaces and distance learning opportunities. The Research Institute Endowment will allow our researchers time for specialized projects and allow visiting researchers to interact with our team. American Indian Initiatives is developing cultural respect and collaboration with American Indian communities.

A Middle School Archaeology Camp student has an “aha moment” in the lab. Your support of Crow Canyon provides scholarship opportunities for students to have a life-changing experience in a Crow Canyon program.


When completed, the Touch the Past, Change the Future Campaign will position us to be more inclusive, serve a more diverse audience, and increase local and regional student engagement. This is possible only through the dedicated support you provide and your belief that archaeology, cultural respect and innovative education matter. Thank you!

The Pithouse Learning Center lets students experience the lifestyle of the ancestral Pueblo Indians in the 7th century.


Students share a laugh with their instructor while excavating during High School Archaeology Camp. Because of you Crow Canyon is able to provide exceptional programs. USA Today named our archaeology summer camps one of the 10 Best Adventure Camps for Kids!

The scores are in, and Earthwatch volunteers say that the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center offered the Best Expedition in 2016!

The Crow Canyon experience ranked above helping sea turtles, protecting elephants, monitoring penguins, and so many other Earthwatch offerings.

According to Earthwatch, the volunteers ranked the programs on support, team dynamic, research contribution, overall satisfaction, and other criteria— and out of more than 40 expeditions, Crow Canyon’s Uncovering the Mysteries of Ancient Colorado expedition was chosen as the best.

“I appreciated how the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center took good care of its Earthwatch volunteers, and also how they provided information and context prior to our field experience,” volunteer Debra Berliner told the Earthwatch Unlocked blog. “At the end of my week, I was wishing I had signed up for the two-week program!” 10

Cultural Explorations Offers Exciting Variety of Adventures in 2018 A Cultural Explorations travel seminar is so much more than sightseeing. When you travel with us you gain exclusive access to locations and scholars who share thoughtful insights into sacred landscapes. The result is a deeper understanding of the place and the people who lived there. It is a fascinating, profound experience that will change your perspective on the world. The 2018 trips have just been announced. Visit for more details.

DOMESTIC SEMINARS Stories on Stone Moab and Green River, UT Southwest Indian Art: Origins and Revivals Gallup, NM Navajo Weaving Workshop Canyon de Chelly, AZ Chaco to Mesa Verde Durango and Cortez, CO Zuni Migrations Winslow, AZ and Gallup, NM Flowing through Time: The Rogue River Grants Pass, OR Wild Food Adventure Santa Fe, NM Cahokia: New Insights St. Louis, MO Backcountry Archaeology: The Bears Ears Bluff, UT Kayenta Migrations & Hohokam Connections Durango, CO and Phoenix, AZ

INTERNATIONAL SEMINARS Ritual Agriculture in the Guatemala Highlands Guatemala City and Antigua, Guatemala Baja Rock Art Loreto, Baja Mexico Schedule subject to change

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center 2016 Annual Report  

The 2016 Annual Report of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center highlights the efforts and impacts of our mission area programs: archaeologi...