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Mesa Verde, CO:  Jim Enote, a member of the Zuni tribe, will discuss “Mesa Verde and the Cultivation of Resilience” on Friday, June 8th, at 7:00 pm at the Visitor and Research Center, located at the entrance of Mesa Verde National Park. In this presentation and discussion, Jim will introduce foundational themes of Puebloan cosmology and the maintenance of well-being and his thoughts on how and why these endure from the days of Mesa Verde habitation to the present. This program is part of the 2018 Four Corner Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Detailed BIO:  Jim Enote, born and raised in Zuni, NM, is a Zuni tribal member and director of the Colorado Plateau Foundation and director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center.

He serves on the boards of the Grand Canyon Trust and Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and is a senior advisor for Mountain Cultures at the Mountain Institute. He is a National Geographic Society Explorer; a New Mexico Community Luminaria; and an E.F. Schumacher Society Fellow.

Jim’s service the past forty years includes natural resource, cultural resource, philanthropic, and arts work for many organizations including UNESCO, UNDP, International Secretariat for Water, US Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Mountain Institute, Zuni Tribe, and several major charitable foundations, museums, and universities.

He has written in Heritage In the Context of Globalization; Science, Technology, and Human Values; Sacredness as a Means to Conservation; Mapping Our Places; Indigenous People and Sustainable Development; A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne, and Redrock Stories, to name a few. Recent short pieces include: We Cannot Live by Sentiments Alone, The Museum Collaboration Manifesto, Buyer Beware, What I Tell Boys, and Please Don’t Call Me a Warrior.

In 2010 during the American Anthropological Association’s annual conference Jim was awarded the first Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology. In 2013 he received the Guardian of Culture and Lifeways Award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, and in 2016 received the Hewett Award for leadership and service to the New Mexico museum community and for achievements in the museum field.

Jim is also a home builder, firewood hauler, traditional bow hunter, artist, and farmer. He lives in his work in-progress home at Zuni, New Mexico.

The Four Corners Lecture Series features presentations about the archaeology, current Native American cultures, history, and natural resources of this spectacular area. All programs are free and open to the public.

The Four Corners Lecture Series is sponsored by ARAMARK Parks and Destinations; Edge of the Cedars; Friends of Cedar Mesa; Canyon Country Discovery Center; San Juan Basin Archaeological Society; Hisatsinom Chapter Colorado Archaeological Society; Crow Canyon Archaeological Center; Cortez Public Library, KSJD Dryland Community Radio; National Park Service; Bureau of Land Management; Mesa Verde Museum Association; and Fort Lewis College Office of the President, Department of Anthropology and Center of Southwest Studies. For a list of other programs in the series, go to or


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