Telluride Inside... And Out: A Visit To Crow Canyon

 

[click "Play" to hear Dr. Deborah Gangloff speaking with Susan]



Dm_2009_PLC_tower_view Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is located in southwestern Colorado, a rewarding day trip from Telluride of a little over two hours each way. Telluride Inside…  and Out visited for a day, doing video interviews and podcasting key players on site. This post is the first in a series you won’t want to miss: Crow Canyon is another instance of priceless nuggets under foot and in our own backyard.

 For over 25 years, the on-campus staff has made it its business to study and teach human history, particularly the rich history of the ancestral Pueblo Indians (aka, the Anasazi), who inhabited the canyons and mesas of the Mesa Verde region over 700 years ago.


 

Crow Canyon may be regional, but is vision is global: “To expand the sphere in which we operate, both geographically and intellectually, and show how the knowledge gained through archaeology can help build a healthier society.” And the Center walks its talk: all of its award-winning programs are developed in consultation with American Indians, enhancing the archaeological perspective of scholars with a cross-cultural perspective.
 
Dr. Deborah Gangloff is president and CEO of Crow Canyon, having taken over from Ricky Lightfoot in February 2010.
 
IMG_2049 Gangloff earned her B.A. in cultural anthropology from City University of New York in 1975 and a Ph.D. in the field from Rutgers University in 1995. In 2005 she received a Non-Profit Management Certificate from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, after completing the school’s Strategic Leadership in a Changing Environment program.

Gangloff has been involved in cultural resource management and archaeological projects throughout the United States, specifically in Nevada, Montana, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Maryland. In 1982, Gangloff joined the staff of the oldest national not-for-profit conservation organization, American Forests, where she served as  communications director and vice president of conservation programs before being appointed executive director in 1996.
 

To learn more about Crow Canyon’s history, its programs and what drew her to the region and a new job, listen to Dr. Gangloff’s podcast.

(editor’s note: Photo of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center campus, with Sleeping Ute Mountain in the background.  Photo taken from the tower at the Center’s Pueblo Learning Center, a replica of a AD 1100’s Ancestral Pueblo Indian home. Courtesy of Crow Canyon Archaeology Center.)

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