Linda Wainio | Wednesday, July 02, 2014
“Returning to Crow Canyon”
I attended this program for one week in August 2013. This was a return trip to Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, as I'd previously studied there through a National Endowment for the Humanities summer program for teachers. This August, I'm treating myself to a two-week Earthwatch Program.
CCAC is a hub of archaeological activity. It seems that many S W archaeologists have connections to this center. The facility resources, expert presentations, hands-on studies in the lab and work at the nearby excavation site make this an all-inclusive archaeological experience. Many features make CCAC a stunning campus.
In the field, I was delighted to listen when the archaeologists discussed their findings, put these into context, and shared plans and predictions. As I worked, no question was too simple and I felt supported and enlightened at every step.
As an educator, I particularly appreciate the respect shown to indigenous people, as CCAC seeks out advice and shows high regard for the input from these communities.
I found the hogans to be very comfortable. Delicious food options were offered at every meal. The lodge and Gates Building have comfortable areas for relaxing, reading and socializing. Support staff are accessible, knowledgeable and helpful.
We had a record-breaking cold and snowy winter in Minnesota. Many mornings, as I bundled up for corner crossing duty, I looked forward to this upcoming return trip, through Earthwatch, to Crow Canyon.