Events

Historic Shumway Cabin Restoration Project- Recapture Wash, UT

May 8-11, 18-20, 2017

You’re invited to participate in an exciting historic cabin restoration project with Friends of Cedar Mesa, SITLA and Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultations. The Shumway Cabin site is part of an early 20th-century ranch established in 1911 or 1912 by the Peter and Mary Shumway family of Blanding, Utah. Learn more about this project and sign up for dates here.

This event is part of Utah Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month.


 Weaving the World Together – The Nadabar, 567 Highway 191, Bluff, UT

May 21, 2017 at 4 pm

Archaeology expert Janet Lever-Wood of Mancos, CO will be joining Friends of Cedar Mesa for a guest lecture on woven artifacts. This event is part of the 2017 Four Corners Lecture Series.  The talk’s title, weaving the world together refers to bringing together thoughts and images: rock art, landscape, artifacts (especially perishables), cultural identities, plants and plant wisdom. It is pretty interesting what ideas were available after 50 years of making pots, 25 years of recording rock art, 40 years of walking around this amazing place and a lot of time planting seeds and pulling weeds. Janet would like to honor the artists and craftsmen that come before, whether making baskets, clothing, gardens, paintings, poems.


Friends Float the San Juan Fundraiser – Bluff, UT

June 11-13, 2017

Friends of Cedar Mesa and Wild Rivers Expeditions are teaming up with premiere experts in archaeology to bring our first ever “Friends Float the San Juan” river trip. This two night/three day guided rafting trip down the Upper San Juan River will feature archaeology hikes and talks as your float this particularly rich river corridor of Ancestral Puebloan and protohistoric occupation. The San Juan’s upper canyon is an outdoor museum of archaeology with many opportunities to see ancient dwellings, rock art panels, and hand & toe hold routes. Cost – $890. Sign up here.


Visit with Respect Ambassador Training – Bluff, UT

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Find out more about becoming a VWR Ambassador here.


Time’s Arrow in Southeastern Utah: An Overview of Recent Site Stabilization Projects and Why Preservation Matters – Edge of the Cedars State Park & Museum, Blanding, UT

October 14, 2017 at 2 pm

Friends of Cedar Mesa and the Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum are teaming up for a guest lecture by archaeologist and co-owner of Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants, Jason Chuipka. The spectacular prehistoric ruins on Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge in southeastern Utah are popular hiking destinations that receive thousands of visitors each year. These fragile archaeological remains are threatened by both natural and human agents that can erode, damage, and rearrange archaeological deposits. Conservation measures need to address this deterioration while not impacting the scientific, aesthetic, or cultural values of prehistoric sites. This presentation will explore how and why preservation is conducted, and illustrate this work from recent projects on BLM lands in San Juan County, Utah.

Jason Chuipka is a professional archaeologist with 22 years of fieldwork experience on tribal, federal, state, and private lands in the Four Corners region of the northern Southwest. He has worked on sites that range from Paleoindian to Historic in age and has presented information on this work in print and at a variety of conferences. Jason is the co-owner of Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants, Inc. in Cortez, Colorado.

This event is part of the 2017 Four Corners Lecture Series.


Celebrate Cedar Mesa- Bluff, UT

March 2-4, 2018

Mark your calendars for next year’s annual Celebrate Cedar Mesa event!