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The Mesa Verde Foundation strives to provide exciting and educational experience through our tours and events. Tours provide those seeking deeper experiences at Mesa Verde National Park and the greater Ancestral Puebloan region with in-depth experiences. Our events provide ways for people to engage further with the Foundation in communities throughout the Four Corners region.

"Conversations from the Mesa" Webinar Series

Tuesday, January 10th, 4pm Mountain Time

Preserving Native American Archaeology to Ensure a Cultural Future

Presenter:  Monica Buckle (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archeology Center and Museum, Camp Verde, Arizona, Mesa Verde Foundation Board Member

Moderator: Shannon Clifford, Executive Director, Mesa Verde Foundation

Monica Buckle is the Executive Director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum located in Camp Verde, Arizona. The museum is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service for Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument.

Monica will discuss the museum’s stewardship of over 80,000 Hisatsinom (Ancestral Hopi) objects and artifacts from the Dyck Cliff Dwelling Collection. These objects were discovered in a cliff dwelling approximately fifteen miles north of the museum on a private ranch in Rimrock, Arizona. The Hisatsinom inhabited territories throughout the greater American Southwest (including what is now Mesa Verde National Park), Mexico and Mesoamerica.

Monica will also speak about the museum’s current collaborations with contemporary Native American artists. The past and the present are interconnected through conservation and cultural continuity.

Monica Buckle is a consultant, curator and scholar specializing in Native American arts and culture, both traditional and contemporary. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Monica holds a Master’s Degree in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. She is the Executive Director at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum in Camp Verde, Arizona. She is also affiliated with the Tucson Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona where she serves as a Guest Curator and a Native Representative.  She previously served as a Docent at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich, Connecticut, and as Visual Arts Coordinator and Public Relations Specialist for the American Indian Community House in New York City.

Monica also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mesa Verde Foundation in Colorado, the official philanthropic partner to Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum works directly with the regional tribes and tribal cultural offices. The museum is NAGPRA compliant.

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“Conversations from the Mesa” Past Webinars

**Note last 3 webinars are featured below. For additional webinars, please visit our YouTube page by clicking HERE.**

Bears Ears: Landscape of Refuge and Resistance: Mesa Verde of the 21st Century: December 2022’s webinar with Dr. Andrew Guilliford, PhD and Mesa Verde Foundation Board Member

Giving Thanks for the National Parks, a Personal Story: November 2022’s webinar with with Kayci Cook Collins, Superintendant of Mesa Verde National Park

Preliminary observations of site and structural movements of Cliff Palace, scientific & engineering: October 2022’s webinar with William A. Dupont, FAIA, Conservation Society of San Antonio, Endowed Professor, The University of Texas at San Antonio and James A. Mason, Ph.D., P.E., Structural, Geotechnical Preservation, and Seismic Engineer, National Park Service

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