This project explores ancient and modern-day Native American
cultures of New Mexico, Utah, and Washington. While engaged in this
project students will gain a better appreciation of the richness and variety of Native American cultures. In conjunction with the Earthwatch Institute,
students will visit three field sites. Archaeological teams in New
Mexico are excavating an ancient Native American settlement. In
Utah, scientists are documenting ancient Native American rock art.
In Washington, scientists are interviewing local Native Americans
to gain a better understanding of the Skagit River and how to save
the wild salmon. Through on-the-scene field reports, photographs, and
interviews with scientists and others on the site, students will
discover firsthand how Earthwatch teams uncover historical clues
and work to preserve important cultural artifacts. Field reports
will keep students in contact with the explorer teams, so students
can share in the excitement of archaeological discovery. Students
will also have the opportunity to send in their own questions to
scientists and others on the scene. They will then conduct their
own research and answer their own questions about past and present
Native American cultures in their local areas.
Learn more about this activity and its objectives.