||Situated on the McElmo Dome in the Mesa Verde region of southwest Colorado is the first archaeological reserve set aside for preservation by the federal government in 1889. For thousands of years, people migrated through this landscape, some stopping to make this area their home. Known today as the Goodman Point Unit of Hovenweep National Monument, this 142 acre parcel contains archaic, ancestral Pueblo, Navajo, and historic archaeological sites.
In this multi-vocal landscape-based approach, we try to understand the movement of people through many perspectives. A six- year archaeological project includes test excavations of a large community center known as Goodman Point Pueblo (occupied in the 1200s) and the surrounding sites, which include earlier habitations and ancient roadways. The multi-vocal perspective approach includes Goodman Point site visits with American Indians and local residents. Modern Pueblo people share their connections to their ancestral homeland, and members of homesteading families share their multi-generational views on farming and living on an ancestral landscape. This poster will illustrate the fluid history of this area with multi-layered landscape maps and contemporary voices from American Indians, local residents, and archaeologists. Both multi-vocal and archaeological methods of understanding the diverse and rich history of the region lent themselves to a deeper appreciation of the landscape.