Annual Meeting

The Hisatsinom chapter is hosting the 83rd Conference and Annual Meeting of the Colorado Archaeological Society for 2018. The meeting will be on September 21st, 22nd and 23rd. The meeting will take place at the Cortez Elks Lodge, 2100 N Dolores Rd, Cortez, Colorado.

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Keynote Speaker – banquet on Saturday, September 22nd

Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk,
Title: Indigenous Living Knowledge

Abstract: The archaeological sites in the Four Corners area provide a sense of wonder and mystery to non-Natives. But for the descendants of those who built and inhabited these sites, they provide a direct connection to their history and the teachings of the ancestors. Indigenous oral history preserves tribal culture and provides a window to the people’s understandings of their role in the world – where they come from, where they have been and what motivates them. These are questions archaeologists ponder when looking at material remains. Understanding surviving non-colonial cultures and how they relate to the land and each other help us see archaeological sites and history as a living history.

This presentation will include stories shared from Ute traditions, custom and culture and historical living knowledge from the territory shared by grandparents. Lopez-Whiteskunk will emphasize what living indigenous knowledge means to her as a Ute woman and her duty as female, mother and grandmother including sharing with my family and people.

Biography: Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk was born and raised in southwestern Colorado and is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Towaoc, Colorado. At an early age has advocated for land, air, water and animals. She has spent ten years in the Information Technology field working for Chief Dull Knife College, the Southern Ute Indian and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribes of Colorado. Lopez-Whiteskunk has traveled extensively throughout the country presenting and sharing the Ute culture through song, dance and presentations. In October of 2013 she was elected to serve as a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal leadership. Lopez-Whiteskunk is a former Co-Chair for the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition. She strongly believes that the inner core of healing comes from the knowledge of our land and elders. Formerly, the Education Director for the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, Colorado, she is honored to continue to protect, preserve and serve through education creating a better understanding of our resources and culture. A great foundation for a better tomorrow.