Educators, students, and staff members associated with language preservation programs at two pueblos in northern New Mexico came to Crow Canyon this summer to participate in several hands-on activities from the Crow Canyon curriculum and to visit archaeological sites—their ancestral homes—in the area. Their programs at Crow Canyon were part of the Center's American Indian Student Education Project, which offers educator workshops and provides opportunities for fourth through twelfth grade classes from American Indian communities to attend Crow Canyon's on-campus programs.
Eight staff members and mentors with the Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa Language Revitalization Program came to Crow Canyon June 23–26. Led by Crow Canyon Director of American Indian Activities Margie Connolly, participants engaged in Crow Canyon hands-on student activities such as Windows Into the Past and Basketmaker Lifestyles, with the goal of adapting some of these activities for use in their own Tewa language classes at the Santa Clara Day School. As part of their program, they also visited archaeological sites at Mesa Verde National Park.
Language teachers and students from Tesuque Pueblo attended a program July 27–31 at Crow Canyon, instructed by Margie and educator Becky Hammond. Four junior high and three high school students, accompanied by three instructors, enjoyed hands-on activities and toured the Goodman Point Unit of Hovenweep National Monument and Mesa Verde. A highlight of their trip to Mesa Verde was a behind-the-scenes tour of Spruce Tree House. One boy said that, for him, this was his favorite part of the program. "I liked going behind the scenes at Mesa Verde," he said. "I felt privileged and very special being there among where my ancestors once lived."
Margie said Crow Canyon has been inviting Pueblo teachers and elders to Crow Canyon for the last few years to participate in educational programs or to use the campus for their own purposes, including conferences, field trips, and native language and cultural preservation workshops.