Southwestern Art & Archaeology in Colorado With Your Grandchild
Introduce your grandchild to a new culture as you learn together about Ancestral Puebloan ruins, make Puebloan pottery and a Navajo rug and excavate a dig site with an archaeologist!
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Program No. 4947RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Head to the American Southwest to sift through ancient history as you and your grandchild join archeology pros at a 1,000-year-old dig site to search for Native American artifacts. Imagine what life was like for the ancient Puebloans as you descend into a kiva (an prehistoric, underground ceremonial chamber). Discover traditional native arts as you learn to create your own pottery and weave a small rug in the ways of the Navajo. Meet modern day members of the Ute and Navajo tribe, and enjoy their music, dance and stories about their lives today. The history and heritage of the Southwest come alive during this week of exploring the cultures of prehistoric and modern Native Americans.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Site elevations of 5,500-7,000 feet. Program involves hands-on crafting.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join archaeologists at a real ruin site just outside your front door to dig for ancient Pueblo artifacts.
  • Head out on a field trip to Mesa Verde National Park with an archaeologist to get to know more about the ancient cliff-dwellers.
  • Get your hands muddy as you create your own pottery just as the prehistoric Puebloans did, and learn to weave a rug from a Navajo artist.

General Notes

Program intended for grandchildren ages 10-13.
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Barbara Stagg
Barbara Stagg was executive director of a major historic site/museum for 30 years and is a museum consultant and photographer. She has spent the last 25 years exploring and studying Four Corners human history through archaeology. Stagg has recently worked as an educator at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, where she is now a lab volunteer and is active in site stewardship, archaeological surveying and field trip leadership. She lives in Cortez, Colo.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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