Field Trips and Activities

Visit this page monthly, for information about field trips, talks, tours, and other activities for CAS and the Denver Chapter.

Indigenous Film & Arts Festival
November 8th
Four Faces of the Moon
Ishi’s Return
See This Spirit Bike

The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, Denver American Indian Commission and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science are pleased to present another year of programming from the Indigenous Film & Arts Festival. Join us the 2nd Wednesday of the month for a film screening and discussion. The event is free (suggested donation $5).

Please join us on Wednesday, November 8th for three short films: Four Faces of the Moon; Ishi’s Return; and See This Spirit Bike in the Museum’s Phipps Theater, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver 80205. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Please use the Evening Entrance on the EAST side of the Museum. Parking at the Museum is free. This will be the final program in the 2017 monthly Indigenous Film Series. We’ll start again in January 2018.

Southwest Symposium

Pushing Boundaries
January 4-7, 2018

Boundaries are lines that make and mark spatial distinctions. Archaeologically, they are used to separate time periods as well. Being held for the first time in Denver, Colorado, January 4-7, 2018, the theme of the 16th Biennial Southwest Symposium is “Pushing Boundaries.” In it, we hope to push geographic, theoretical, temporal, practical, and conceptual boundaries.

In four invited paper sessions, the Symposium will explore 1) the formation and meaning of Bears Ears National Monument, 2) new research in chronology and chronometry, 3) Plains-Pueblo interactions, and 3) new developments in museum archaeology and collections-based research.

Abstracts for open poster sessions and lightening (i.e. 3 minute) round presentations will be accepted until November 1.

Pushing Boundaries we will include a (short) keynote address by Professor Steve Lekson of the University of Colorado at Boulder, optional and free training sessions to enhance your written and spoken science communication skills, and multiple opportunities for informal socializing and networking in a variety of settings, including free breakfasts, lunches, and receptions (alcohol included!).

For more information, visit the website.

PAAC CLASSES – Denver Chapter, 2017

The winter PAAC Lab certification classes will be held at the El Pueblo Museum in Pueblo. The lab will occur on Wednesdays, from 10 AM to 4:30 PM, beginning in late February or early March. Volunteers will be working with two students from CSU-Pueblo who are completing and internship related to their studies in anthropology. Volunteers will be working on cataloging, analyzing, and curating an extensive historical artifact collection from excavations at the site by the late Dr. William Buckles. If you have and interest in this class please contact Chris Johnston, Assistant State Archaeologist, (