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Diversity and Unity in the Pueblo World

Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers

Postmark Deadline: March 1, 2012

“Diversity and Unity in the Pueblo World” is a three-week school teacher institute for twenty-five participants on the archaeological record and history of the Pueblo peoples. The institute takes place at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Southeastern Colorado and examines cultural continuity and change in the Pueblo world from 1000 BCE to the present, with special emphasis on the diverse groups that make up Pueblo society. Week one focuses on archaeological evidence for Pueblo origins in the Mesa Verde area, and includes Pueblo perspectives on the subject. Week two explores Pueblo historical and linguistic diversity, while the final week focuses on social and environmental factors that left the region mostly depopulated by 1300 CE and examines the connections between the Pueblo past and present.  The institute includes readings, lecture/discussion sessions, lab and field work, and two overnight field trips, one to Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico and the other to Pueblo communities near Santa Fe. Several Crow Canyon staff members participate in the project, including project directors Elaine Franklin (Western Carolina University; formerly director of education at Crow Canyon) and Marjorie Connolly (director of American Indian initiatives at Crow Canyon), archaeologist and lead scholar Mark Varien, and Fumi Arakawa, Scott Ortman, and Shirley Powell. Visiting humanities scholars include Tessie Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo and Northern New Mexico College), Joseph Suina (Cochiti Pueblo and University of New Mexico), and Thomas Windes (Chaco Culture National Historical Park).

Dates: June 24 – July 14 (3 weeks)
Grantee Institutions: Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Location: Cortez, CO

About NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers

Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes. An NEH Summer Seminar for school teachers enables sixteen participants to explore a topic or set of readings with an expert scholar. The core material of the seminar need not relate directly to the school curriculum; the principal goal of the seminar is to engage teachers in the scholarly enterprise and to expand and deepen their understanding of the humanities through reading, discussion, writing, and reflection.

Amount of Award

NEH Summer Scholars are awarded fixed stipends to help cover travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses. Stipend amounts are based on the length of the NEH Summer Seminar or Institute: $2,100 (2 weeks), $2,700 (3 weeks), $3,300 (4 weeks), $3,900 (5 weeks), or $4,500 (6 weeks).


Full-time teachers in American K-12 schools, whether public, charter, independent, or religiously affiliated, as well as home-schooling parents, are eligible to apply to NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes. Americans teaching abroad are also eligible if a majority of the students they teach are American citizens. Librarians and school administrators may also be eligible.

You may request information about as many projects as you like, but you may apply to no more than two NEH Summer Programs (seminars, institutes, or Landmarks workshops) and you may attend only one. Eligibility criteria differ significantly between NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes and NEH Landmarks Workshops.

Please note: Up to two seminar spaces and three institute spaces are available for current graduate students, who intend to pursue careers in K-12 teaching.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.