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Bridging Cultures: Diversity and Unity in the Pueblo World

Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers

Postmark Deadline: March 4, 2013

A three-week institute for twenty-five school teachers on the origins and cultural history of the Pueblo Indian peoples of the American Southwest.

Marjorie Connolly, with educator Kathleen Stemmler, directs an institute on the origins and cultural history of the Pueblo Indian peoples of the American Southwest.  At the time of Spanish contact in the sixteenth century, there were more than ninety Pueblo villages spread out along the Rio Grande River valley in northern New Mexico; today there are thrity-one. Archaeological evidence has shown that these peoples, representing four distinct language groups, originally inhabited the Mesa Verde and Chaco regions of southwestern Colorado—an area that was largely abandoned CE 1300. During week one, archaeological evidence for Pueblo origins is considered alongside traditional Indian perspectives on the emergence of the Pueblo peoples. During week two, participants explore issues of diversity and unity among the ancestral Pueblo peoples, as well as human adaptations to a changing natural environment in the Mesa Verde region. During week three, participants focus on the final decades of occupation in the region, Pueblo migrations to northern New Mexico (including Pueblo perspectives on the event), and the formation of modern Pueblo villages and contemporary Pueblo culture. Participants tour Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, and other archaeological sites in southwestern Colorado, as well as Bandelier National Monument, Cochiti and Santa Clara Pueblos, and other sites around Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lectures and commentary during the site visits are provided by the project directors, Crow Canyon archaeologist Dr. Mark Varien, and Native American scholars Tessie Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) and Joseph Suina (Cochiti Pueblo).

Faculty: Mark Varien, Shirley Powell, Tessie Naranjo, Joseph Suina

Dates: June 30 – July 20 (3 weeks)
Director(s): Margorie Connolly and Kathleen Stemmler, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
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.