Virtual lecture series continues with Pre-Hispanic Musical Instruments from the American Southwest’ Aug. 12



By Nadia Werby
Chimney Rock Interpretive Association

The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) hosts a free lecture series several times a year to offer the opportunity for the public and CRIA volunteers to enjoy a speaker whose topic typically relates to southwest archaeology, archaeoastronomy and/or Chacoan culture. 

Join us on Thursday, Aug. 12, as Emily J. Brown discusses pre-Hispanic musical instruments from the American Southwest, describing the various types and what we know of their development and distributions in the context of the history of the Pueblo cultures of the region. 

Space is limited and is first-come, first-serve. To join this special Zoom presentation online at 7 p.m., you will need the Zoom link and meeting ID located on

Brown studied archaeology at Columbia University, earning a master’s and doctorate with a focus on the American Southwest. Her dissertation research was on prehistoric musical instruments from the Four Corners states. 

Initially employed as an archaeologist with the National Park Service, she left federal employment to found Aspen CRM Solutions in 2005 and now serves as the firm’s principal investigator. She has served as a member of the board of trustees for the Archaeological Society of New Mexico and is currently the chair of its publications committee. 

CRIA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that runs the daily operations and interpretive program at Chimney Rock National Monument in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the San Juan National Forest. For more information, see the CRIA website at or call (970) 731-7133.