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2019 CultureFest 5th Anniversary
and Annual Meeting

Join us this fall for Our 5th Annual Gathering—a Time for Discovery, Celebration, and Friendship!

October 17th to October 19th

culturefest video still Laguna Corn Dance
Performed by Jemez Dancers Culture Fest 2018
Video by Jason Vaughn

More than an annual meeting, this is a time to celebrate Crow Canyon’s accomplishments, connect with people who are passionate about Crow Canyon’s mission, and learn from archaeologists and Native American scholars.
We have a variety of lectures, tours, activities, and demonstrations planned for the weekend. We strive for a mix of intellectual stimulation, creative expression, and entertainment. Lots of time is built into the schedule to reconnect with old friends and make new friends.

Make Your Reservation Today!

Thursday October 17th through Saturday October 19th
Register for Events

More information 
800.422.8975, ext. 177

 M–F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mountain Time).

Events & Speakers


Hotel Reservations


2019 CultureFest Highlights

This year, in honor of CultureFest’s fifth anniversary, we have added several new features to our line-up of activities and lectures.

  • We are featuring a guest lecturer on Saturday morning. Claire Smith, the past president of the World Archaeological Conference, will discuss how a reconceptualization of the role of archaeologists as cultural brokers can facilitate ground-breaking outcomes for indigenous communities in Australia.
  • A guest Native artist will be featured each day, who will demonstrate their art, answer questions, and have examples of their artwork for sale.
  • We have invited several local caterers to join our fabulous kitchen staff in providing meals and receptions. Menus include locally grown meat and produce, indigenous foods, and Native cuisine.

Hotel Reservations CultureFest

Lodging is not included in the registration fee.

A block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express is being held until September 15, 2019.

Please visit Cortez Holiday Inn Express

  • Enter the dates you would like to stay and then click on More Options.
  • Enter CCC in the Group Code.
  • The cut-off date for guaranteed rooms is September 15. After that date, the group rate is only available by calling the Front Desk (970-565-6000), assuming continued availability of rooms in the block.
  • The Crow Canyon rate for rooms during CultureFest is $99.99.
  • A shuttle to and from Crow Canyon and the Holiday Inn Express will be provided.

Lowery Pueblo interior shot artistically framed by the stone entrance and lentel.

Thursday Schedule

Thursday Afternoon

  • CultureFest begins on Thursday afternoon with tours of the Haynie dig site and Lowry Pueblo, led by Crow Canyon archaeologists.
  • Both tours are limited in size and require advance reservations.
  • Haynie Site Tour: Tour the current Crow Canyon dig site with our field archaeologists.
  • Learn how our discoveries in the field are shedding new light on the importance of the Northern Chaco Outliers Project.
  • A two-hour tour is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, October 17, leaving from the Crow Canyon campus and the Holiday Inn Express.

Limited to 25 people

Cost: $25/person

  • Lowry Pueblo Tour: Tour Lowry Pueblo, located about twenty miles northwest of the Crow Canyon campus. With a total of about 40 rooms and 8 kivas, Lowry Pueblo was home to approximately 100 people at its peak in the early 11th century. Unlike most sites, two different cultural traditions are evident at Lowry. Portions of the pueblo are similar to early styles of Chaco architecture, with later additions more characteristic of styles found at Mesa Verde.
  • Learn how the Lowry community fits into the greater Chaco and Mesa Verde landscape -- a vast and complex network of trade and tradition!
  • A four-hour tour is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, October 17, leaving from the Crow Canyon campus and the Holiday Inn Express.

Limited to 12 people.

Cost: $75/person

Thursday evening

  • Chairman’s Council, Legacy Society members, Life Benefactors, and Speakers are invited to a reception, hosted by the Board of Trustees.
  • Enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres prepared by our very own chef and reconnect with old friends and new.

2018 culturefest boardmeet

Friday Schedule


  • Attend the Annual Meeting of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (9:00 to 10:00 AM)
  • Hear Fumi Arakawa discuss how Japanese culture conceptualizes the sacred properties of its wood resources, past and present.
  • Tour the Crow Canyon lab and curation room.
  • Engage with Benjamin Watts, Ute Mountain Ute drum maker and singer. Upon request, Ben will personalize a drum for you to purchase.
  • Discover what Crow Canyon’s scholars are learning from the maize recovered from ancestral Pueblo archaeological sites.
  • Hear local school teachers describe the myriad ways in which their students benefit from a field trip to Crow Canyon.
  • And much more!

Cost: $150 including dinner

Friday evening dinner and entertainment

Watch this site for more information to come!

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Saturday Schedule


  • Begin your morning with a wild edible plant hike led by Katrina Blaire, author of “The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival.”
  • Hear Claire Smith, past president of the World Archaeological Congress, present “Working Together to Close the Gap in Indigenous Health, Longevity, Education and Employment,” a lecture about her work with the aboriginal communities in Australia. 
  • Engage with Gwen Setalla, who will discuss the stages of traditional Hopi pottery and her connection to the Frog Woman/Feather Woman potters
  • Discover Crow Canyon’s early history during a panel discussion with Bill Lipe, Ricky Lightfoot, and Mark Varien
  • And much more!

Cost: $150 including dinner

Saturday evening

  • Bid on American Indian artwork and handcrafted treasures at our Silent Auction.
  • Celebrate with our 2019 award recipients at our annual banquet.

Saturday Banquet ONLY

  • For those who are only available in the evening, come for the Silent Auction, reception, and awards banquet.

Cost: $30

Extend your CultureFest Adventure!
Join Us for the Cultural Explorations Trip 
The Dynamic Woman: New Insights into the Pueblo World. 
With Tessie Naranjo and Donna Glowacki, explore the influence Pueblo women have had on their communities through time. Engage in lively discussions about the role gender played, and still plays, in communities and ceremonies on this women only journey. 

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This Six Day Trip Starts on Monday October 21 in Durango.
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