Chaco Canyon – Aztec Monument Collections an Introduction by Diana Quintero-Bisono

Hello and good morning from Albuquerque, New Mexico! My name is Diana Quintero, I am a master’s student in Museum and Field Studies and Field Studies at the University of Colorado – Boulder. However, for the summer  I will be the Museum Outreach Intern for the Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Aztec Ruins National Monument. While some interns are placed at the park, I am at the Chaco-Aztec Collections and Archives Facility on the University of New Mexico Campus. The facility is known throughout the Park Service under the acronym CHAZ, which has the Chaco Canyon (CHCU) and Aztec Ruins (AZRU)repositories for object and document archives. Although I am based in Albuquerque, I’ll have the opportunity to visit both park sites and work along the onsite staff for the project I will be working on this summer.

My internship this summer will focus on two things. The first will be updating the website for these parks so that they have updated information on the webpage. The second will be working towards making the collection more accessible to the public. In this portion of this internship, I will develop posters, tours, posts, and talking posts in order to engage the public with different narratives that can be told through the collection.

In this first week, I’ve gotten to know most of the team at CHAZ and have already had the opportunity to go on a site visit to Chaco Culture Historical Park with my supervisor Cynthia. In preparing to ramp up my internship, I’ve toured collections, begun to evaluate source materials through different park documents and policies, and taken detailed looks at what narratives and information could be better communicated to the public. If there is anything I am looking forward to during this internship is exploring different narratives and characters of Chaco Canyon and Aztec Ruins. Collections are my happy place, and I can’t wait to get started.


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