Constance Owl

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Hi everyone. I am Constance Owl, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in western North Carolina. I am 16 years old and a rising senior in high school. I will be contributing to the We R Native blog over the next several months in an effort to spotlight opportunities available specifically to Native students. My hope is that they will connect many of you to some wonderful adventures, experiences, and opportunities available to Native students. My first spotlight will be about Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado.

Just beneath the surface of the dry and dusty Colorado desert soil, and beneath the rays of an intense summer sun, evidence exists that an ancient Indian civilization once thrived. A modern day Native American student, under the guidance of a skilled archaeologist, reaches out to touch a fragment of pottery made by a Pueblo Indian more than one thousand years ago. A spiritual connection is made between what has gone before and what is to come. Could this be you? Crow Canyon’s High School Archaeology Camp takes students back in time by studying the culture, civilization, agriculture, and day-to-day activities of an ancient people.

I spent a week at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center as a Native American student scholarship recipient during the summer of 2012. Among my most cherished memories are the amber and purple skies of early evening pierced by magnificent mountains and flattened mesas, the feel of sun-warmed earth clinging to my fingertips, and the smiles and laughter of new friends and camp-mates from all across the United States. Days include study of the Pueblo people, hikes, digs, and fun evening campfires. Crow Canyon is not simply a camp for those interested in archaeology; it’s an experience that connects you with an important page of Native history in North America. So, pull out your hiking boots, a long-sleeve shirt for cool refreshing mountain evenings, and your favorite sun-shielding hat, and spend a week participating in a spirit-filled experience at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

For more information and application forms, visit the Crow Canyon website at

Dear Auntie, I am a non-Native living in Western PA. My family is interested in installing a "territorial acknowledgment" plaque on our home (similar to statements used by the Canadian government). Is this a good idea? Any advice on wording?