TELLURIDE – The Telluride Historical Museum revs up its annual Unearthed Series, kicking off this season with Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s Mark Varian, Ph.D., who will speak about the Pueblo Indians next month.
According to Varian, “The Pueblo Indians of the Southwest United States are one of the most interesting societies in the world, creating some of the world's most beautiful pottery, intricate textiles, innovative rock art, and spectacular buildings.”
“Ancient Ones Revealed,” the fifth annual series of lectures at the museum, brings in scholars to shed light on the life, trends and textiles of the Pueblo Indians, with adult evening lectures and guest appearances at local schools.
On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Varien, who is Crow Canyon Archaeological Center vice president of programs, will, in his lecture, “Life is Movement: Pueblo Indians of the Mesa Verde Region,” trace the development of Pueblo society in the Mesa Verde region, one of the largest and best-preserved archaeological sites in North America.
Crow Canyon’s mission is to increase knowledge of the human experience through archaeological research, education programs and collaboration with American Indians.
Migration, a constant theme for the Pueblo people who occupied the Mesa Verde region, began with the first corn farmers who migrated to the Four Corners from the south. “Pueblo society came to be made up of groups with distinct histories and languages,” Varien says. “One of the most interesting questions that face archaeologists is how these diverse groups created a culture that shared so many traits.”
In his lecture, Varien will reveal how archaeologists identify ancient migrations and show how Pueblo society formed, out of the interaction of diverse groups, to produce a vibrant culture that has survived for thousands of years in the American Southwest.
Varien’s presentation will provide a background for two subsequent lectures in this series: Dr. Laurie Webster’s “The Telluride Blanket: Prehistoric Weaving in the Southwest,” on December 2 and Dr. Scott Ortman’s, “Archaeology, Oral Tradition, and Mesa Verde Migration” on Dec. 8.
Telluride Unearthed: Ancient Ones Revealed lectures run from 6-8 p.m. at the Telluride Historical Museum (201 W. Gregory in Telluride). Admission is $4 for museum members, $6 for non-members.
For more information, call 970-728-3344 x. 2, or visit www.telluridemuseum.org. The Telluride Unearthed Lecture Series is a product of the Telluride Historical Museum’s partnership with the Pinhead Institute and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.