Bureau of Land Management
Carson City District
Stillwater Field Office
5665 Morgan Mill Rd.
Carson City, NV 89701
BLM Elko District Office
Northeastern Nevada Museum
Investigating a Great Basin Wickiup teaches students about the use of wickiups and the people who used them approximately 5,000 years ago in Colorado, through authentic archaeological and historical inquiry.
It includes a brief history of the use of wickiups throughout the Great Basin and about the people who used them. Quadrant maps from the archaeological site of a wickiup at the Dirty Shame Rock Shelter are provided for students.
Ms. Minerva Soucie, a Northern Paiute whose ancestors lived in wickiups, guides students through the investigation. Through archaeology, students discover artifacts left behind and how experimental archaeology assists in interpreting site and how artifacts may have been used.
NEVADA PROJECT ARCHAEOLOGY
Project Archaeology has been a component of on-going public education efforts by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for almost 25 years. The program depends on a working partnership of trained teachers and professional archaeologists who, together, train teachers about the basics of archaeological study, as well as ethics, contemporary issues, and the importance of preserving archaeological resources on public lands and elsewhere.
BLM Archaeologist Kristin Bowen is the new Nevada Project Archaeology Coordinator. In Nevada, Project Archaeology partners with the Nevada State Museum (NSM) through PA Master Teacher, Deborah Stevenson. Over the years her workshops have reached many teachers in the Carson City school district.
The latest event this July was Family Fun Saturday: Project Archaeology, Investigating Shelter. Participants learned about the tools and methods used by archaeologists to investigate how American Indians of the Great Basin lived in the past. 70 participants, family members of all ages, learned about classification, context, mapping, and how archaeological sites are formed. An incredible number of NSM volunteers showed up to help people better understand the Northern Paiute people and their culture. NDOT archaeologist, Sabra Gilbert-Young was on hand teaching participants how to make cordage. BLM archaeologist, Kristin Bowen, taught what a real wickiup shelter used by native peoples looks like as an archaeological site. Incredibly, the museum had real (unprovenanced, educational) artifacts for the wickiup site map and beautiful replica woven baskets and duck decoys to show!!! NSM Curator of Education, Deborah Stevenson, taught participants how to weave a traditional tule egg bag and make cattail ducks. A great time was had by all.
The BLM Ely District hosts the Great Basin Teachers Workshop each July in partnership with other federal and state agencies, and non-profit organizations. The five-day workshop is directed toward educators’ grades K-12 looking to implement inquiry-based science projects into their classrooms through hands-on discovery of “Life in the Great Basin.” Workshop participants can obtain in-service or college credits from cooperating colleges and universities. This year, 2015, the workshop will focus on Project Archaeology!