From Mesa Verde to Santa Fe: Continuity and Change in the Pueblo World

Join the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center for an extraordinary three-week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for (K-12) school teachers.
June 30–July 20, 2019

The application deadline for the institute is March 1, 2019.

From Mesa Verde to Santa Fe: Continuity and Change in the Pueblo World examines continuity and change over 1,000 years of Pueblo Indian history from the perspectives of two cultures (Euroamerican and Pueblo) and three academic disciplines (archaeology, ethnohistory, and oral history). The history covered in the program begins in the late 13th century A.D., with the depopulation of the Mesa Verde region, the ancestral homeland of many present-day Pueblo peoples whose communities are now located in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. The institute will examine many important questions about Pueblo history, including:

  • Why did Pueblo people leave the central Mesa Verde region in the late 13th century?
  • Where did they go?
  • What happened when they arrived in the northern Rio Grande area of New Mexico?

Institute scholars will spend several days each at Mesa Verde National Park and in historic Pueblo and Spanish colonial communities in northern New Mexico. You will piece together this little-known history with multiple types of information provided through archaeology, ethnohistory, and oral history. Our goals are to highlight a fascinating history and to show how different interpretations of this information from the perspectives of both Pueblo scholars and Western scientists interact to produce different data, and ultimately different reconstructions of the past and how it may influence the understanding of the Pueblo World and how it is presented in today’s classrooms.

Information about all 2019 NEH Summer Institutes and Workshops is available on the NEH website.

This program has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.