Ethan Ortega (Cordell Prize, 2017)
Ethan writes, “Since winning the Cordell/Powers Prize, I have been accepted into the Museum Studies master’s program at the University of New Mexico. I have also been promoted from Historic Site Ranger to Instructional Coordinator and Supervisory Archaeologist for the Northern Region of New Mexico Historic Sites (Coronado, Jemez and Los Luceros).
“I am passionate about presenting archaeology in an interesting way to the public. My goal is to introduce New Mexico’s past to its future by creating engaging interpretive materials using emergent technologies. I am currently coordinating a complete renovation of the Jemez Historic Site exhibit as well as several public archaeology projects that will allow locals literally to dig into their history. Participating in the Cordell/Powers Prize has pushed me to be innovative and concise with my work as well as with how I present my work to the public.”

2017 Cordell-Powers Winner Ethan Ortega