Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area awards Amos Archuleta Heritage Scholarship for State – Colorado History Day project
The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area board awarded Amos Archuleta, age 14, the Colorado History Day Heritage scholarship for best project on the San Luis Valley at their monthly meeting Wednesday May 29th. Amos is the son of James and Adelina Archuleta. Their family relocated to the Valley a year ago from Philadelphia, James was born and raised in the Valley. Amos attends Centauri Middle School and will be attending Centauri High School next year.
Amos’s project was based on his great grandmother, Eppie Archuleta, a world renowned weaver. Her legacy and achievements served as an inspiration to many local artists. Eppie’s weaving is a local treasure and is now permanently displayed in the Smithsonian, the Vatican, and was featured in the 1991 National Geographic magazine. Eppie was a great leader in the San Luis Valley. She passed on her artistic and weaving skills to the younger generations by teaching classes.
The thesis of Amos’s project was of leadership and legacy for the National History Fair. Amos wrote a process paper and also created a website dedicated to telling Eppie Archuleta’ story. (http://62999621.nhd.weebly.com/) He was inspired to use his great grandmother’s story because she is a wonderful inspiration. Amos says he loves the idea of learning about the past and building from it. His future goals are to attend college for computer programming. Archuleta’s advice to his peers is to find a topic you find interesting and research it like he did.