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Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

Mesa Verde National Park

This overview and assessment study will identify and document ethnographic resources within and associated with Mesa Verde National Park and Yucca House National Monument.

This overview and assessment study will identify and document ethnographic resources within and associated with Mesa Verde National Park and Yucca House National Monument.

A Cultural Affiliation Study (Judge and Fine-Dare) was completed in 1995 in which 24 tribes and pueblos were identified as culturally affiliated. Through consultations since 1993, it is known that groups have strong cultural bonds to the parks and there are traditional uses of the parks, but little documentation exists. This study will focus on past and present traditional land uses of cultural and natural resources such as archaeological sites, plant and animal communities, minerals and physical locations that comprise the ancestral landscape of these two parks.

The principal investigator is an anthropologist, with extensive experience conducting research in tribal communities in the American Southwest. There will be tribal collaboration through consultation throughout the project, and a Data Collection Report, Interpretation Brief and Final Report will provide a baseline for park management.

Partnerships: 
National Park Service

Elizabeth Brandt, Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change 
Tara Travis, Office of Indian Affairs and American Culture, Mesa Verde National Park