Four Corners Lecture Series

The Four Corners Lecture Series is produced by several local organizations who sponsor speakers each year. The series features presentations on the archeology, current Native American cultures, history, and natural resources of Mesa Verde and the Four Corners area. Guest lecturers will share their knowledge, interpretations, and experiences in the Four Corners Region. The following lectures are free and open to the public.

You can also download the 2016 Four Corners Lecture Series poster (11" x 17", pdf, 550 kb).

 

Paul Reed
The Chuska Valley: Chacoan Colony or Ancient Puebloan Heartland?
May 4, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (hosted by SCCA and CCAC)

Donald Bruning
Turkey Vultures: Their Habits and Relatives
May 11, Wednesday, 6:15 p.m., Cortez Cultural Center

Ren and Helen Davis
Landscapes for the People: George Alexander Grant, First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service
June 3, Friday, 7:00 p.m., Chapin Museum, Mesa Verde National Park

Scott Ortman
Re-Balancing the Narrative of Spanish Colonization in New Mexico
June 8, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (hosted by SCCA and CCAC)

Grant Coffey
Creating Symmetry: Building Social Landscapes in the Central Mesa Verde Region
June 9, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Donna Glowacki
The Making of a Village: Growth &Change at Spruce Tree House
May 20, Friday, 7:00 p.m., Chapin Museum, Mesa Verde National Park

Ruth Van Dyke
Aztec in the Chacoan World
June 11, Saturday, 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Cortez (hosted by Hisatsinom Chapter/CAS)

Fred Fagergren
Like Father, Like Son: Seventy-six Years in the National Park Service
June 17, Friday, 7:00 p.m., Chapin Museum, Mesa Verde National Park

Louie Garcia
Weaving in the Pueblo Southwest
June 25, Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding

Jonathan Dombrosky
Zooarchaeological Data Suggest Broader Early Historic Distribution for Blue Sucker (Cycleptus elongatus) in New Mexico
June 30, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Hopi Dancers
Traditional Dances - Visitor and Research Center, Mesa Verde National Park
July 2 and 3, Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

James Potter
Recent Research on the Cowboy Wash Community
July 5, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Cortez (hosted by Hisatsinom Chapter/CAS)

Carol Patterson
Ute Rock Art of Western Colorado and theUintah Ouray Reservation Interpreted by Clifford Duncan
July 9, Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding

Paul Berkowitz and Billy Malone
The Case of the Indian Trader: Billy Malone and the NPS Investigation at Hubbell Trading Post
July 14, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Lyceum, Center for Southwest Studies, FLC (hosted by SJBAS Chapter/CAS)

Brian Forist
That's How It Was in the Cs: The Work and Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps at Mesa Verde & Beyond
July 22, Friday, 7:00 p.m., Chapin Museum, Mesa Verde National Park

Janet Lever-Wood
Baskets and Bags in Rock Art and the Plants From Which They Were Made
July 25, Monday, 7:00 p.m., Anasazi Heritage Center (hosted by SCCA and AHC)

John V. Bezy and Oralia Lopez
Influence of Prehistoric Casas Grandes Pottery on the Modern Mata Ortiz Ceramics Tradition—Lecture, Demonstration, and Pottery Sale
August 2, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (hosted by CCAC and Hisatsinom/CAS)

Severin Fowles
An Archaeology of the Long Eighteenth Century in Taos
August 10, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Cortez (hosted by Hisatsinom/CAS)

Louie Garcia
Weaving in the Pueblo Southwest
August 11, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Lyceum, Center for Southwest Studies, FLC (hosted by SJBAS Chapter/CAS)

Larry Gore
Happy Birthday, National Park Service. One Hundred Years of Birth and Growth of America's Best Idea
August 19, Friday, 7:00 p.m., Chapin Museum, Mesa Verde National Park

Ben Bellorado
Building Murals, Textiles, Pottery, and Rock Art: Using Cross-Media Approaches to Understand Identity Expression in the Northern Southwest
August 24, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Anasazi Heritage Center (hosted by SCCA and AHC)

Laurie Webster
Re-Excavating Ancient Textiles, Baskets, Wood, and Hides from Southeastern Utah: Latest Findings from the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project
August 27, Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding

Dawn Mulhern
Mortuary Practices of the Durango Basketmakers
September 8, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Lyceum, Center for Southwest Studies, FLC (hosted by FLC and SJBAS/CAS)

Brandt Hart
San Juan River: Then and Now
September 10, Saturday, 4:00 p.m., Rusticks Gallery, Bluff (hosted by Friends of Cedar Mesa)

Starr Tafoya
Pottery Demonstration, Firing, and Sale
September 10, Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Visitor and Research Center, Mesa Verde National Park

Susan Ryan
Chaco Canyon and the Rise of Complexity in the Middle and Northern San Juan Regions
September 17, Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding

Laurie Webster
Re-Excavating Ancient Textiles, Baskets, Wood, and Hides from Southeastern Utah: Latest Findings from the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project
October 6, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Anasazi Heritage Center (hosted by SCCA and AHC)

Leigh Kuwanwisiwma
The Hopi Connection to the Four Corners
October 13, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

R.E. Burrillo
The Lens of History: Documenting Impacts to Archaeological Sites on Cedar Mesa Through Comparative Photography
October 22, Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding (hosted by Friends of Cedar Mesa)



Native American Dances
Begin May 30, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sat., 7:00 p.m.
, Cortez Cultural Center

Old West Heritage Programs
Begin May 31, Tuesday, Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
, Cortez Cultural Center


 
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Sponsors of the Four Corners Lecture Series include: Friends of Cedar Mesa, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Anasazi Heritage Center, Cortez Cultural Center, Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Hisatsinom Chapter: Colorado Archaeology Society, Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance, Fort Lewis College: Center for Southwest Studies, KSJD, Mesa Verde Foundation, Mesa Verde Museum Association, and Mesa Verde National Park.

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